Malta seeking minimum of five
EP seats, not six
Alternattiva Demokratikas spokesperson on European
affairs and General Secretary of the European Greens Arnold Cassola
yesterday released documents to the media revealing that the Maltese
government is seeking a minimum of five seats for itself in the European
Parliament, not six as it had previously insisted.
In a statement released yesterday afternoon, Profs. Cassola explains,
"It emerges clearly in a document of the IGC [Inter Governmental
Conference] monitoring group of the European Parliament issued on 6/11/2003
that as regards the composition of the European Parliament the official
position of Malta is that of requesting a minimum of five seats and
AD expressed its disapproval on the official stand taken by the Maltese
government at the opening of the Inter Governmental Conference and then
at the ministerial-level meetings of 4, 13 and 27 October.
Cassola vents his frustration over the strategy, "This exposes
the hypocrisy of various exponents of the Maltese government who are
claiming that they are working for Malta to have six seats in the European
Parliament. If this was this was really the case the Maltese government
would have requested a minimum of six seats for each country.
"We Greens have worked hard to convince all political forces in
the European Parliament to vote for six seats for Malta and indeed the
European Parliament and foreign affairs committee in three different
occasions had voted overwhelmingly in favour of amendments presented
by the European Greens which called for the sixth seat for Malta.
"It is frustrating for us Greens to see all our work going up in
smoke because of the official request of the Maltese government, who
seems to have given up."