Minister Carmelo Abela referred to the creation of the next economy, the so-called Green Economy, which should lead to more job creation, so-called green jobs, a job that in the words of Minister Abela should be more quality. The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office said this during a consultation meeting with the Core Group of MEUSAC on the Review of the European Union’s Trade Policy in the coming years.
Together with the social partners and representatives of civil society, it was discussed how the trade power of the European Union as a bloc of 27 member countries is much greater than the strength of each individual country when it comes to trade agreements with third countries. During the meeting, European Commission proposals for a major overhaul of the European Union’s trade policy were discussed in order to address in a rapid and sustainable manner the socio-economic recovery and the strengthening of competitiveness in various areas, including in light of the fact that the global economy has been hit by the pandemic.
In his introduction to the meeting, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office said that a good review of the way the European Union works in this area could create more quality jobs, look at enterprises. practices that may not be entirely fair, or outdated, and ensure coherence with the European Union’s overall priorities, such as sustainable development, climate change and the digital economy.
Minister Abela referred to the partnership strategy with Africa that the Maltese government launched at the beginning of this year and with which Malta was the second member state of the European Union to adopt such a strategy. This strategy was praised by the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, who by the end of this year will be drawing up a strategy for the European Union to exploit the potential of working together with the continent. African.
The consultation covered these key aspects; building a resilient and sustainable European Union economy following the Covid-19 pandemic; creating business opportunities worldwide for businesses; strengthening the contribution of trade policy to address key global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development, and the digital transition; improving a level playing field and protecting the businesses and citizens of the European Union.
During the Core Group meeting, the Director for European Union Funds at MEUSAC Dr Darren Grasso informed members about a call for applications for European Funds from the European Social Fund. Among others, the call is open to civil society organizations and the social partners and deals with projects in favor of active inclusion in the labor market for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and the strengthening of social dialogue. Partner organizations were invited to contact MEUSAC for assistance if they were interested in applying for these funds.