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European Affairs Directorate

​The aim of the European Union Affairs Directorate within the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security is to coordinate matters relating to discussions, at EU level, which fall within the area of responsibility of this Ministry.

It is the EU Affairs Directorate’s function to keep up-to-date with events within the EU dealing with freedom, security and justice and to keep the departments falling within the ambit of the Ministry informed about these developments. It distributes a considerable amount of documents received from the EU on a daily basis to the departments both for information purposes as well as to ensure that the necessary decisions would be taken, in line with the Ministry’s policies, in order to present one voice within the various working groups of the Council of the European Union. Therefore the Directorate coordinates the positions taken at the various groups discussing legislative and other proposals at EU level.

The core functions of the EU Affairs Directorate can therefore be summarised as follows:

     Ensuring that legislative and non-legislative proposals being discussed within the Council of the EU, with a possible effect on the functions of the Ministry and its departments, are carefully followed up

     Ensuring that the Ministry’s actions on these proposals are consonant with the Ministry’s policies and that they do not have any negative impact on Malta

     Disseminating information about developments in the EU to key stakeholders in a timely and efficient manner

     Managing the coordination of attendance to the numerous working groups on freedom, security and justice so that Malta will be duly represented at such groups and keeping records of those Council and Commission working group meetings in which Malta participated, both through its technical attachés as well as through the technical experts from the line departments

     Coordinating and drawing up instruction notes for these meetings, including the meetings of the Permanent Representatives within their Committee (COREPER) and briefing notes for the Justice and Home Affairs Council meetings

     Coordinating the preparation of explanatory memoranda for meetings of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, Cabinet and the Foreign & European Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, with a view to setting Malta’s position in relation to specific proposals

     Acting as the channel of correspondence on all matters related to justice and home affairs between the EU institutions and the competent authorities in Malta

     Overseeing the drawing up of answers to the numerous questionnaires that are sent by the EU institutions as part of their functions when preparing documents to be discussed by the Member States


Ms Stephanie Bason
Director (Policy Development and Programme Implementation)



 

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Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
201, Strait Street
Valletta VLT 1433
 
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