Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela stressed on Tuesday that his country looked forward to working with Spain during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on important laws such as access to medicines.
Abela was addressing the media after a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who was visiting Malta and several other EU member states in preparation for the Spanish EU Council Presidency which begins on July 1.
Abela said that it is crucial that in the field of pharmaceuticals there is access to medicines for all member states, including Malta, rather than prioritizing the interests of large corporations.
“It cannot be that thirty years after the internal market was established, there are still circumstances where certain countries remain disadvantaged. You will find us supportive and ready to contribute very actively in this discussion,” he said.
Regarding the energy sector, Abela emphasized the importance of continuing to help citizens, but also stressed the need for important reforms that address climate targets and ensure that economies operate in a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly way.
Abela also underlined that people are more important than economic indicators.
Meanwhile, Sanchez mentioned a number of priorities that the Spanish EU Council Presidency would push, mainly irregular immigration. It would also focus on the Ukraine crisis, digital transformation and energy, he added.