Maltese officials being briefed
on EU working groups participation
When Malta joins the European Union come May next year,
Maltese officials will have to participate in some 200 different working
groups dealing with a wide range of subject areas. Participation in
these groups is particularly important since many matters are decided
at this level.
Co-ordinating Maltas input in these working groups will pose a
particular challenge, but preparations are already in hand and the officials
who will be involved have now been offered a singular opportunity to
undertake training on how to operate within the EU system.
The Staff Development Organisation within the Office of the Prime Minister,
has secured the services of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic
Studies (CPDS) in the UK to deliver the training in Malta.
The programme is being funded by the British High Commission and will
involve inputs from a number of serving and recently retired British
government officials who have direct experience in dealing with EU institutions.
The training will tackle areas that are of crucial interest at this
particular time. The participants will be trained, in a hands-on and
participative manner, in dealing effectively with the demands that their
increasingly active role in EU Council working groups will entail. They
will be taken through the strategies and tactics inherent in such discussions,
the issues that are involved in co-ordinating EU business at ministry
level as well as those surrounding effective representation within the
EU. Other key issues that will be dealt with during this programme are
the policy-making process and the effective management of inter-ministerial
relations and relations with Maltas representative machinery in
This workshop will help ensure that Maltas position and representation
within the EU council as a member state is effective and exploited to
its full potential.
The programme, which kicked off yesterday, will wrap up on Friday.