Malta becomes first accession
country to complete ratification process
Malta yesterday became the first accession country to
complete ratification process, when deposited its Instrument of Ratification
to the EU Accession Treaty at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Maltas ratification follows that of Denmark, which to date is
the first Member State to have completed the ratification process.
The Treaty was signed by Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami and Foreign
Affairs Minister Joe Borg in Athens on 16 April 2003 and was ratified
by the House of Representatives on 14 July 2003.
The Instrument of Ratification was signed by the prime minister and
foreign affairs minister and was presented to the Deputy Head of the
Treaty Service Department of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Dottoressa
Anna Teresa Frittelli Annibaldi, by the Maltese Ambassador in Rome Edward
In presenting the document, Ambassador Melillo expressed satisfaction
that he was depositing the Instrument in Rome, the city that had given
birth to the European Union, forty-six years ago, and that had received
Maltas application for membership in 1990.
Ambassador Melillo quoted Dr Fenech Adami, who described the ratification
of the EU Accession Treaty by the Maltese Parliament as a historic moment
that will open new doors for the countrys economic and social
development. He emphasised that Malta is prepared to play its part as
an EU member and looks forward to participating in the process that
will determine the future of the Union in the years to come.
Ministro Frittelli Annibaldi said, in reply, that she completely shared
the views expressed by the Ambassador and that she, too, felt honoured
to receive Malta's Instrument of Ratification. She was convinced that
Malta would play a useful role within the European Union. Malta is always
well prepared as demonstrated by the fact it had been the first to deposit
this important document.