For the Mediterranean country that just took the EU presidency, the migration crisis is still there and must be addressed internally and externally.
In its first ever EU presidency, the smallest member state aims to reduce the "huge disconnect" between politicians and citizens.
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A Russian-backed warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to Europe, Malta, the new EU presidency, has said.
Finance minister Scicluna said that a report published by Green MEPs was "unfair" and that Malta had "nothing to hide".
Maltese PM said that EU institutions, including the Court of Justice, would continue to hold legal primacy during the post-Brexit transition period.
The Maltese EU presidency said a "similar approach" to the Turkey deal could stop migrants coming from Libya, but the UN said the plan was a non-starter.
Prime minister Robert Fico gained EU and domestic praise for his six month at EU helm, but the far right is still on the rise in a country where Europe is still not a top issue.
EU states reached an agreement on a firearms directive that imposes further restrictions and oversight on semi-automatic weapons. The heavily lobbied bill sparked heated debates by pro-gun groups.
A compromise text by the Slovak EU presidency is proposing to water down the commission's plans to allow public access to the names of those who own offshore accounts.
The forthcoming EU presidency will seek compromise on asylum policy and push forward discussions on the control of external borders, Maltese interior minister Carmelo Abela told EUobserver.
EU interior ministers agreed to start legislative talks with the EU parliament to expand the scope of an asylum database, Eurodac, to include migrants and stateless people.
EU negotiators have agreed terms on a deal that could see Georgians entering the EU without a visa by this year, and Ukrainians early next year.
Finance state secretary Ivan Lesay said his government "achieved some successes" on tax evasion and investment.
EU states are alarmed at the bulging waistlines of their citizens, but governments remain unwilling to commit to binding measures or an EU-wide approach to the problem.
The agreement to prolong the EU investment plan until 2020 to raise up to €500 billion will have to be confirmed by the parliament amid questions about its impact and functionning.
The European Commission has sent a legal analysis of its plan to member states, which heavily criticised the proposal. The EU parliament has already rejected it.
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EU states, under the new plan, would take asylum seekers from Italy and Greece and send some of them packing to their home countries.
Robert Fico's outburst comes amid mounting pressure from opposition parties and the media to take action over high-level corruption allegations.
Transport minister Arpad Ersek is the only invited minister who has refused to testify before MEPs on Dieselgate, which is awkward as the Slovaks currently hold the six-month presidency of the Council.
Ivan Korcok says Slovakia's EU presidency has achieved "tangible results" despite difficulties caused by Brexit and the US election. But no agreement on asylum reform is in sight.
The Slovak EU presidency last week circulated a short paper among EU states on "effective solidarity". The concept will be discussed among ministers on Friday ahead of an EU summit in December.
The Mediterranean island will take the six-month EU presidency on 1 January, with migration and security as main priorities.
After a "demanding marathon" of talks, member states and MEPs agreed a budget for next year they hope will provide a "buffer" against any shocks to the system.
Trade ministers send a discussion on the level of import duties back to diplomats, also admitting that TTIP talks with the US are "in the freezer".
EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday on criteria to single out non EU tax havens but will publish a black list only next year.
The signing ceremony of Ceta highlighted tensions between EU officials and its critics, who can still derail the deal at a later stage.
Mobile operators will be able to charge each other for the use of data by their customers in Europe and to apply a surcharge when too many people use their network.
The French speaking region of Belgium refused to authorise the federal government to sign the Canada-EU trade deal, wanting guarantees of further negotiation to sooth concerns.
Plans to extend internal border controls in Austria, Denmark, and Germany after a mid-November deadline were met with scepticism by the EU commission.
EU states have agreed to grant visa-free travel, likely by the end of the year, to Georgian nationals, leaving Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine in the queue.
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