Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg participates in two debates at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Following yesterday’s presentation of the priorities of the incoming Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg participated in two debates: on the state of play on the Financial Transaction Tax negotiations and on Emergency Aid for refugees and migrants facing severe weather conditions in European camps.

On the state of play on Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) Dr Borg remarked that in December 2013, the European Parliament gave its consent to enhanced cooperation, whereby 11 Member States went ahead with the tax. The state of play on these negotiations was regularly discussed publicly at the Council and the Presidency was ready to continue this practice, even though Malta is not an FTT
participating country, Dr Borg said.

During the second debate, with regards to the challenging scenario migrants were facing due to the wintery conditions, Parliamentary Secretary Borg said that changing the weather outlook was not possible but he said we have at our disposal resources and instruments that can remedy the immediate negative consequences of the adverse difficulties being encountered.

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