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Greece, Malta agree new EU Migration Pact no prerequisite for action

Greece’s Migration and Asylum minister, Notis Mitarakis, and Malta’s Interior Minister, Byron Camilleri,have agreed that the new European Migration and Asylum Pact which is under negotiation is not a prerequisite for action regarding external relations, border protection and returns. The two ministers met in Valletta on the sidelines of the …

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Italy to test travelers from Greece, 3 more EU countries, regions impose quarantine

Italy ruled on Wednesday that people travelling from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain must be tested for the coronavirus on arrival, as new infections increase in the four countries which are popular holiday destinations for Italians. “We have to continue with a prudent approach to defend the results we’ve achieved …

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Stricter measures in Greece due to resurgence, incl “negative test” for…

The Greek government announced on Friday stricter emergency measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus after the recent surge of Covid-19 cases. Standing customers in bars are banned and so are religious processions. For travelers from Malta a negative Covid-19 test will necessary. Following suggestions by the Committee of …

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Turkey starts drilling as South EU leaders side with Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey’s natural gas exploitation vessel Fatih started drilling right in the West of Cyprus.” “We’ve sent our drill ships [to the Eastern Mediterranean] in order to protect the rights of Turkey and the TRNC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus],” he said. But Greek …

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Greek Court rejects extradition of whistleblower Maria Efimova to Malta

A Greek Court of Appeals confirmed the decision to not extradite whistleblower Maria Efimova, a Russian national, to Malta. The request for the extradition of Pilatus Bank whistleblower Maria Efimova has been denied by the Greek Court of Appeal in a decision delivered on Thursday. Maria Efimova was the source …

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Greece, Cyprus and Malta coordinate to strengthen their voices on shipping

Cyprus, Greece and Malta on Friday enhanced already-close cooperation on shipping matters, at their 6th trilateral meeting, in Nicosia, aiming to strengthen their collective voice in the EU and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Natasa Pilides, Deputy Minister of Shipping chaired the meeting with her two counterparts, Greece’s Shipping and …

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Greek court rejects extradition of Russian whistleblower to Malta

A court in Greece rejected two Maltese requests to extradite Russian whistleblower Maria Efimova to Malta on Thursday. Efimova was the whistleblower who reportedly helped Daphne Caruana Galizia’s investigation into high-level corruption in Malta. Caruana Galizia was murdered in a car bombing in October 2017. Judges in Athens said the …

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EU Commission threatens Greece, Cyprus and Malta over V.A.T. on yachts

 The European Commission has put Malta, Greece and Cyprus on notice of infringement proceedings for not levying the correct amount of Value Added Tax on the provision of yachts.  And some wonder why this when an identical system is used in France. This issue can generate major distortions of competition and …

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MEPs call on independent investigation into murder of Malta’s bravest blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

A Greek member of the European Parliament calls on the EP to send investigators for an independent inquiry into the brutal murder of Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. The 53-year-old investigative journalist and member of the Panama Papers team was teared apart when a powerful n explosive device …

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Malta suggests bonus or fine of €60,000 per asylum seeker to end EU migration row

EU countries would get €60,000 for every asylum seeker they take in above their EU-set quota as part of a plan drawn up the government of Malta that currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe. The government of the island state believes that financial incentives will persuade EU …

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Tsipras tells Merkel “Game Over!” Background Eurogroup Malta

“Angela, once you called me about my finance minister. Now, I call you about yours.” This is what Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, two days before the Eurogroup meeting in Malta on April 7,2017.  It was Tsipras’ phone call to Merkel that unblocked the …

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Odd Eurogroup statement on Greece after Malta meeting

Odd things are happening. The Eurogroup did not reveal details of the agreement between Greece and its euro area creditors in Malta on Friday. The statement makes a simple reference to the agreement adding a Tweet by Eurogroup head, Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Greece The Eurogroup was briefed on developments in the …

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UNHCR data Jan-Nov 2015: total 863K arrivals to Europe by sea, 715K to Greece, 3.4K dead/missing

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees published data about the arrivals of people to Europe by the sea. The data refer to arrivals from January to November 2015. A total of 862,901 people have arrived to Europe via Spain (3,592), Malta (105), Italy (143,700), and Greece (715,704). 3,485 people trying …

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EU Council President to visit Greece, Apr 12

President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will pay an official visit to Greece on Tuesday, April 15. He will meet with Greece’s President Carolos Papoulias and  Prime Minister George Papandreou. There will be a press statement at 3:00 pm. Later Van Rumpuy will deliver a speech at the Hellenic …

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Malta stops Greek managed Tanker going to Libya

The Maltese government last Wednesday (March 23/11) intervened to stop a Libya-bound Malta flagged vessel laden with fuel ordered by the Gaddafi regime , The Sunday Times has learnt. The MV Breeze, a Greek managed tanker, was contacted and stopped by the Maltese authorities on route to the Libyan port …

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