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MEUSAC European Year of Citizens 2013

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MEUSAC has been designated as the national contact point in Malta for the European Year of Citizens 2013, MEUSAC Head Vanni Xuereb announced today.

During the introduction of a public dialogue on the Programme and Priorities of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, organised together with the Embassy of Ireland, Dr Xuereb said that MEUSAC will be working closely with all interested stakeholders and civil society to maximise on the opportunities presented by the European Year and ensure that the objectives of the Year are met in Malta. “MEUSAC will be playing a leading role throughout the Year in disseminating the messages of this European Year through various media, activities and events,” he said.

During his presentation of the Programme and Priorities of the Irish Presidency, the Ambassador of Ireland to Malta, Jim Hennessy, stated that Ireland’s top priority during its six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU is to improve economic growth and job creation within the Union. He added that the Irish Presidency is about securing stability and ensuring that it leads to jobs and growth.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Zammit Dimech, said that one of the key areas for the EU at present is economic governance and added that Malta takes positive note of the Irish Presidency’s focus in this regard. Minister Zammit Dimech said that Malta remains opposed to the introduction of an EU-wide Financial Transactions Tax unless this is also introduced at a global level, but will not stand in the way of those Member States that wish to proceed with adopting such a tax by way of enhanced cooperation. Minister Zammit Dimech went on to say that the Government has worked to safeguard employment and foster a climate of job creation and highlighted the importance of maritime related issues as well as the conclusion of negotiations on the MFF for 2014-2020.

The European Year of Citizens 2013 was launched in Dublin on January 10 by the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

The objective of the Year is to ensure that people know their rights as EU citizens and how to exercise them to the full. The Year of Citizens will also encourage public debate about what EU citizenship means for the people of the EU.

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