The Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU has come to an end. For those not directly involved in the strategic planning, logistic organisation and the actual political and technical discussions in the different Council working parties, it appears to have passed by in a blink of an eye.

Now is the time to draw conclusions on Malta’s performance while at the helm of one of the EU’s most influential institutions. First and foremost, one must recall the sincere concerns that fellow Europeans had at the prospect of Malta’s logistical capacity to organise the vast number of public events and meetings that take place in the country holding the rotating EU presidency. They also wondered whether it possesses human capital with sufficient experience and expertise to preside over meetings and negotiate compromises of technical dossiers on the Council’s agenda.

Secondly, also linked to the concerns referred to above, Malta’s term to be at the helm of the EU presidency came about at a delicate time for the European Union. The EU collectively is still in an economic reco¬very phase following the financial crisis.

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Article written by Daniel Debono and published on Sunday 2nd July ’17, by Times of Malta.

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