MCESD Social Partners: Invited to Discuss Important Topics at the European Commission in Brussels

The Council of the MCESD was invited by the European Commission Representation in Malta to meet its most relevant counterparts in Brussels. This visit was designed to enable all the Maltese Social Partners to discuss important topics with the European Commission representatives in Brussels. These included the importance of social dialogue and its profound impact on EU policies, especially since Malta is a small Island State, particularly in the realms of competition, social affairs, sustainability, the Green Deal, and the European Semester Funds.

Mr. Henry Abbott from the Directorate-General for EU Competition gave a presentation to Maltese social partners on the EU Competition policy and the role of national competition authorities within Member States. As representatives of both Unions and Employers, their active participation ensured that the concerns and interests of workers and employers were truly voiced and discussed. Advocating for fair competition, innovation, and consumer welfare, social partners gained valuable insights into the structure and functions of the European Competition Network.

In addition to discussions on competition policies, the Social Partners were also engaged in important discussions on the Green Deal, an initiative driving a more sustainable and resilient economy. This insightful meeting offered an opportunity for social partners to acquire knowledge on how to implement such important initiatives, enabling them to continue to offer the best guidance for the formulation of policies by the Maltese Government aimed at steering Malta towards a climate-sensitive future.

Moreover, discussions with the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion highlighted key aspects of the EU Semester and Funds, emphasising the importance of capacity building, digitalisation, and inclusivity. The insights provided will further promote the role of MCESD in helping to shape policies that prioritise inclusivity and sustainability. The social partners’ dedication reflects a commitment to building a resilient and more inclusive Malta within the EU.

Social Partners also engaged in a productive meeting with Mr. Antoine Kasel, the Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Nicholas Schmit, where crucial matters pertaining to jobs and social rights took centre stage. As representatives of MCESD, social partners contributed valuable insights aimed at reinforcing our collective commitment to addressing these pressing issues. Through constructive dialogue and shared perspectives, they sought to enhance understanding and cooperation, ensuring that the concerns and aspirations of workers and society at large were given due priority.

The MCESD Social Partners were also welcomed at Malta House in Brussels d by the Permanent Representative, H.E. Marlene Bonnici, the Ambassador for Belgium and Luxembourg, H.E. Clint Tanti, and team members. During this meeting, MCESD was sensitised on the impactful work in areas of economic and social interest for Malta and reiterated the significance of MCESD to our country. Their offer to assist and collaborate with all our social partners was greatly appreciated.

Furthermore, the MCESD social partners were invited to the EESC head offices for discussions. Being affiliates of the EESC, they participated in meaningful exchanges of economic and social importance alongside President Oliver Röpke and other esteemed EESC members. In light of uncertainties arising from various EU-wide and global issues, social partners emphasised the EU’s crucial role in guiding member states through emerging and expected challenges.

The visit of the MCESD Council to Brussels, organised and facilitated by the European Commission Representation in Malta, signified a valuable opportunity for Maltese Social Partners to express their perspectives and acquire first-hand insights, making them more cognisant of common issues and recognising local specificities. These discussions were instrumental in helping social partners frame perspectives within the EU, particularly in areas concerning economic and social aspects.