MEP David Casa has pledged to continue the fight against those defrauding the people of Malta and Gozo.
“It has never been more important to ensure that the European Parliament is on the side of the people of Malta and Gozo,” he told this publication. “I hold discussions on a regular basis with my counterparts to explain all developments happening in Malta, and the need for independent institutions which work irrelevant of whom the allegations are against,” Casa added.
Casa has also worked to have the European Parliament launch The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism, which will start being awarded annually as from October this year. Maltese journalists will be eligible to take part in this competition. The €20,000 annual prize will be awarded as of October 2021 to journalists or teams of journalists based in the European Union. Candidates and the eventual laureate will be chosen by an independent panel.
“The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize will recognise the essential role that journalists play in preserving our democracies and serve as a reminder to citizens of the importance of a free press. This prize is designed to help journalists in the vital and often dangerous work they do and show that the European Parliament supports investigative journalists,” said Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala.
Casa is currently working on more priorities within the European Parliament as Quaestor and as MEP, including the €90 billion European Social Fund Plus for the next seven years.
“The negotiations were intense, and sometimes difficult, due to the huge challenges that all Europeans are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I am pleased that a deal has been reached, and am now looking forward to have the funds being formally approved by the European Parliament,” he said.
“A huge number of Maltese and Gozitans can benefit from this fund, namely employees to improve their working skills, those looking for a job, members of NGOs who want to do studies in their area, local councillors who could organise a number of courses for their residents, etc,” he added.
This article is part of a content series called Ewropej. This is a multi-newsroom initiative part-funded by the European Parliament to bring the work of the EP closer to the citizens of Malta and keep them informed about matters that affect their daily lives. This article reflects only the author’s view. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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