A political agreement on new rules for EU Blue Card

On Tuesday, the European Commission accepted the agreement which was concluded by the European Parliament and the Council on the revised rules of the Blue Card Directive. Amendments included more flexible admission conditions, enhanced rights and the possibility to move and work more easily between EU Member States. As stated by Ylva Johansson, the Commissioner … Continue reading A political agreement on new rules for EU Blue Card

Students who Travel to Study

ESO is extremely grateful to Ms. Roberta Zahra, Assistant Director Consular Services and Maltese Living Abroad, for providing valuable information contributing to the writing of this article. 1. How can the Foreign Affairs Ministry help students while abroad? 1.1       In case of theft or loss of money and official documentation: The family of the student … Continue reading Students who Travel to Study

The European Union’s impact on a trusted healthcare system

In collaboration with the Malta Medical Students' Association (MMSA) Trust is at the centre of a doctor-patient relationship: trust in the practitioner’s capabilitiesbut also trusting that the patient will follow the famed ‘doctor’s orders’. In a world reelingdue to a destructive pandemic which has lead to healthcare workers taking on a heroicimage, surely the level … Continue reading The European Union’s impact on a trusted healthcare system

Three killed during Nice terrorist attack

Last Thursday, three civilians were killed inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice. Two of the victims were women and the other was a man. One of them, a 60-year-old woman was “virtually beheaded”. President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and stated that Thursday's stabbings were an "Islamist terrorist attack". Moreover, … Continue reading Three killed during Nice terrorist attack

Roberta Metsola nominated for European Parliament Vice-Presidency

Last Wednesday, Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was nominated by The European People’s Party (EPP) to serve as vice-president of European Parliament. The current vice-president Mairead McGuinness became European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union last month leaving the position vacant. Elections for the position will be held in this coming November. … Continue reading Roberta Metsola nominated for European Parliament Vice-Presidency

Swiss voters reject to end free movement with EU

Last Sunday 27th September, a Referendum was held in Switzerland regarding whether or not the country will reject the free movement agreement. 61.7% of Swiss voters decided to retain their free movement of people agreement with the EU, therefore many Swiss citizens have the freedom to live and work in Europe. Even though, Switzerland is … Continue reading Swiss voters reject to end free movement with EU

Lukashenko not recognised as Belarus President by EU

Last Wednesday on the 23rd of September, Alexander Lukashenko was secretly inaugurated at the Palace of Independence as Belarusian President for his sixth term in office. "Putting his right hand on the Constitution, Alexsander Lukashenko took the oath in Belarusian. Then he signed the act of taking the oath, after which the chairman of the … Continue reading Lukashenko not recognised as Belarus President by EU

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers first State of the Union speech

Last Wednesday, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivered her first State of the Union speech, addressed in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. In her speech, she outlines the union’s goals for the upcoming 12 months. She delved into the main priorities the EU must tackle first. These were building … Continue reading Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers first State of the Union speech

European Council President Charles Michel visits Malta

Last Wednesday, Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela welcomed EU Council President Charles Michel to Malta. The two leaders first accompanied the Armed Forces of Malta on a brief helicopter surveillance mission. According to Prime Minister Abela, no migrant boats were spotted which was unusual since it was quite common to see several boats, each with … Continue reading European Council President Charles Michel visits Malta

EU signs contract with Astrazeneca on COVID-19 vaccine

EU signs contract with AstraZeneca on COVID-19 vaccine On Thursday 27th August 2020, the European Commission signed a contract with AstraZeneca, a British multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company on the purchasing of the COVID-19 vaccine. The agreement was signed by Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, to make the vaccine available to all EU Member States. Ursula … Continue reading EU signs contract with Astrazeneca on COVID-19 vaccine