On 21 and 22 November, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will make a working visit to Malta, the country taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2017. The Foreign Minister will meet with a number of senior Maltese officials to discuss priorities under the Maltese Presidency and other items on the EU’s current agenda, as well as closer bilateral cooperation.
The Latvian Foreign Minister will meet with the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca; the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs, Louis Grech; Foreign Minister George William Vella; the Speaker of the Parliament, Angelo Farrugia; and the Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and 2017 Presidency, Ian Borg.
The discussions will focus on issues high on EU agenda, such as migration, Europe’s future, relationship between the EU and the U.K., and the EU’s relations with its eastern and southern neighbours.
On 1 January 2017, Malta is taking over the Presidency of the EU Council from Slovakia.