Prime Ministers fast track
The Nationalist Partys campaign in favour of European
Union accession is similar to that of a general election campaign. Prime
Minister and PN leader Dr Eddie Fenech Adami is banking on meeting with
different sectors of society. A number of women this week said they
understood the need for European Union membership by 1 May, 2004 because
it will not only benefit women, but also be for the good of their families
The women, who were attending a discussion chaired by Monica Attard
at Villa Arrigo in San Pawl tat-Targa yesterday morning, spoke about
the benefits of EU accession.
When asked about the opportunities that will be made available to women
in the EU, Prime Minister Dr Eddie Fenech Adami said the EU is in favour
of womens rights and women will enjoy numerous social benefits
including maternity programmes and other social assistance.
Dr Eddie Fenech Adami said the EU will open up a fountain of opportunities
for our country and deplored the Labour Partys No
campaign, describing it as a partnership of lies.
When asked about the future of Maltas established companies once
we join EU, Dr Fenech Adami said without a doubt, export-orientated
firms would see a huge boost in their sales and opportunities would
He also said Maltas GDP was 56 per cent of the EU average and
this would increase once we became members of the EU.
The Prime Minister also spoke of the benefits of joining the EU when
Georg Sapiano at Qala, Gozo, interviewed him later in the day.
The Prime Ministers campaign for a Yes vote in the
EU Referendum kicked off in style on Sunday with a dialogue meeting
at Sliema in the morning and a mass meeting at the Granaries in the
On Monday morning Dr Eddie Fenech Adami toured shops in Sliema. Speaking
about the feedback from the shop owners, he said: "Speaking individually
to the people, although some may have their own particular difficulties,
the general feeling is that we cannot throw away the future of our country."
On Monday evening Peppi Azzopardi interviewed the Prime Minister in
a tent full of enthusiastic Yes supporters at Misrah Lewza,
In this globalised world, the Prime Minister said, Malta should see
that it will be competing alongside other huge industrialised nations
such as China.
The Prime Minister said textile factories had almost disappeared from
Malta as the world was changing. He said one should ask a fundamental
question, would we fare better if we stay out of the EU or would economic
prospects increase if we joined the EU?
During the interview Fenech Adami deplored comments made by the Malta
Labour Party about German history during the visit of EU Enlargement
Commissioner, Gunther Verheugen.
When asked why people who find themselves doing well in business should
want change Dr Fenech Adami said that one cannot remain where one is
but must move on. He mentioned a case in which a Cypriot official said
he hoped that Malta would not join the EU as this was just more competition
for his country. The Prime Minister said all countries are competing
with each other and if we remain estranged, we will lose out considerably.
Regarding unemployment in the Union, Dr Fenech Adami said it was true
that many countries in the EU had high rates of unemployment, but one
must bear in mind that these rates were mostly in depressed areas like
Sicily and Eastern Germany.