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3. 7. 2019 14:57

Prime Minister Babiš met with Malta’s Prime Minister Muscat

Premiér Babiš jednal s předsedou vlády Malty Muscatem, 3. července 2019.
Premiér Babiš jednal s předsedou vlády Malty Muscatem, 3. července 2019.
On 3 July 2019, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta Joseph Muscat. After yesterday’s agreement on the candidates for the highest EU positions, the prime ministers talked in particular about this issue. The Prime Ministers also mentioned the preparation of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021–2027, migration across the Mediterranean and the situation in Libya or the completion of the internal market.

The Prime Ministers discussed the leaders' agreement on the candidates for the EU’s top positions, in particular the President of the European Commission. “We both feel that it is important for smaller and middle countries to have their say in the EU and it is important that we have found the compromise. We hope that Ursula von der Leyen, who was proposed as the new President of the European Commission, will be confirmed by the European Parliament”, added Andrej Babiš.

The two politicians also addressed the issue of completing the internal market, where, according to Prime Minister Babiš, there is a great space for improvement in terms of the growth of all EU Member States. Further deepening of the internal market, maintaining its integrity and activity to remove existing barriers is our long-term priority. A functioning digital internal market without barriers and red tape would boost growth, job creation, investment and innovation, thereby contributing to the EU’s global competitiveness.

The meeting also touched on the possibility of strengthening economic cooperation.  Malta is experiencing strong economic growth, with GDP growth of 6.7% last year thanks to government reform efforts. “Malta is focusing on new technologies and I see plenty of opportunities for skilled Czech companies – especially in modern industries such as IT and the digital economy or civil aviation. We would therefore like to send a business mission to Malta next year,” said the Czech Prime Minister.

Potentially successful Czech exports to Malta could include products with high added value, such as means of transport and their parts. Traditionally, exporters of steel, decorative glass and ceramics have the chance to succeed. Mutual trade turnover reached EUR 63.7 million in 2018.

The interest of our tourists in Malta is growing; last year 22,500 Czechs spent their holidays on the island.

 

 

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