Government & Politics
The Government disagrees with European Commission’s interpretation concerning the application of derogation under Article 9(1)(c) of the EU Birds Directive to permit, under strictly supervised conditions, live-capturing of seven species of finches. Malta is prepared to defend its right to derogate throughout the infringement procedure.
Malta celebrated 50 years of Independence on Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display over the Grand Harbour on Saturday evening and various other activities which were also attended by Prince William.
The list of portfolios have been formally announced by new Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker with Maltese delegate Karmenu Vella being handed the environment, fisheries and maritime affairs portfolio in the new European Commission.