Joseph Cuschieri demands PN MEPs stand on immigration
The Head of the Labour Delegation in the European Parliament, Joseph Cuschieri is asking for an immediate explanation from the Nationalist Party and his deputies in the European Parliament following the agenda of the plenary session of the European Parliament to be held Friday next in Strasbourg whereby a discussion on immigration policy in the Mediterranean was summoned. This request for discussion was convened by the European People's Party for which Nationalist deputies are partners.
In an urgent statement, the Labour Europarliamentarian Joseph Cuschieri, said that he is politically convinced that this move is a result of the European People's Party and consequence of the initiative taken by the head of Nationalist Party delegation in the European Parliament David Casa in secret last July when collecting signatures from a number of European MPs during petition whereby the European Parliament asked the Malta to condemn the position taken by the Maltese government on immigration.
Joseph Cuschieri asks the Nationalist Party and his deputies in the European Parliament to immediately explain themselves on this latest development and say whether they are urging the European People's Party to call upon the European Commission for it publish a written policy position of the European Union on the wave of immigration in the Mediterranean. All this led to convene in plenary discussion scheduled for Wednesday October 9, 2013.
"The initiative of the Nationalists deputies in July was aimed at damaging the reputation of Malta. I am asking the Nationalist MEPs to immediately explain to the people of Malta and Gozo what their position is going to be in the debate in Parliament next Wednesday. The Maltese people expects the Nationalist deputies during the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to defend the policy position of Malta on this issue,” insisted MEP Cuschieri.
"I once again take this opportunity to appeal to Nationalists Europarliamentarians to be responsible in their performance and put aside the partisanship and sense of loyalty to act in favour of the national interest. I would again reiterate that the Labour delegation will remain committed, as it has always been, to work first and foremost in the national interest,” said the Head of the Labour Delegation.
"I reiterate also that together we can work to find a solution in the interest of Malta, the European Union and irregular migrants who deserve the dignity and assistance to have a better life. The human tragedy that occurred last Thursday near the island of Lampedusa further strengthens our political arguments, namely that responsably the European Union and the Member States shall take this matter very seriously and that by reaching a fair understanding," concluded the Labour MEP Joseph Cuschieri in his statement.