Minister Dalli emphasises importance of Cohesion Policy at GAC

Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Helena Dalli highlighted the importance of cohesion policy as a measure to leverage investment and to enhance trade across the EU bloc. She was participating in the discussions on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) at the General Affairs Council which convened primarily to take stock of the latest state of play of negotiations on the MFF post-2020.

Migration, the European Commission’s legislative programme, summer time, extending qualified majority voting to other areas as well as proposals on the rule of law in Poland were also discussed.

Dr Dalli said: “Cohesion policy deserves greater importance and not funding reductions as is being proposed.”

Meanwhile, during a conference in Budapest attended by European Ministers responsible for Cohesion funds, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia criticised the Commission’s initial proposal on Malta’s share of EU funds post-2020.

He said that the EU funds which Malta will receive post-2020 should consolidate and sustain, not halt or hinder, the economic growth which Malta has experienced in recent years.

Dr Farrugia expressed his disapproval over the cuts in Cohesion funds.

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