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

European Parliament Approves EU COVID-19 Certificate for Travel

On Thursday morning, it was announced that the European Parliament passed a motion in favour of a Commission proposal for the Digital Green Certificate, now renamed the EU COVID-19 Certificate. 540 MEPs voted in favour of the proposal, while 119 voted against, and a further 31 abstained from the vote. This digital certificate aims to … Continue reading European Parliament Approves EU COVID-19 Certificate for Travel

EU is declared an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone

Earlier today, the European Parliament passed a motion declaring the entirety of the EU's territory as an 'LGBTIQ Freedom Zone' with 72% of the Parliament voting in favour. This was part of a resolution created by the LGBTI parliamentary group, of which Maltese MEP Cyprus Engerer was a primary negotiator. In a speech made in … Continue reading EU is declared an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone

Joe Biden Sworn In as the 46th President of the USA

Today, Joe Biden was officially inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. Alongside him, Kamala Harris was also sworn in as America's first female, African American and South Asian Vice-President. Biden vowed to assemble national unity to lead America through one of the most critical chapters in its history. https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1351935935945060352 The … Continue reading Joe Biden Sworn In as the 46th President of the USA

New EU Privacy Regulations’ effect on Social Media

On 21st December 2020, many Europeans woke up to the news that many features in Messenger and Instagram apps have been removed due to the new privacy rules in the European Union (EU). Messaging apps will comprise EU rules known as the ‘ePrivacy Directive’. In respond to this Facebook had to deactivate several features. A … Continue reading New EU Privacy Regulations’ effect on Social Media

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

The Netherlands’ PM Rutte Resigns with Cabinet over Child Benefits Scandal

Earlier today, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte presented his resignation to King Willem-Alexander van Oranje, along with that of his entire cabinet. This came after a report exposed his government's failure to defend over 20,000 families from overeager tax inspectors. https://twitter.com/DarrenEuronews/status/1350063454908985347 The tax office in the Netherlands had accused thousands of families of fraud … Continue reading The Netherlands’ PM Rutte Resigns with Cabinet over Child Benefits Scandal

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Authorised by EMA

On Wednesday 6th January 2021, the European Medicines Agency, EMA recommended Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for conditional market authorisation. https://twitter.com/EMA_News/status/1346793570334867457 This was done following an extraordinary meeting, which at first was scheduled on the 12th of January, but due to the pressure done by the EU member states, the agency met on Wednesday 6th January. Later … Continue reading Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Authorised by EMA

What are the new changes for Malta and the EU post-Brexit?

On December 30th 2020, EU leaders Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel signed the Brexit trade deal and soon after Boris Johnson also put his name to the documents after the UK Parliament approved this deal in the context of a looming deadline. https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1344205436384374785 As agreed, the UK left the EU single market and … Continue reading What are the new changes for Malta and the EU post-Brexit?

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