Cooperation between Malta and the Czech Republic, as well as the good relations between the two countries and on a personal level between the two Prime Ministers, is the essence of the European Union.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this during a joint press conference with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš held at the Office of the Government in Prague, following a bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers.
Despite the many different features between Malta and the Czech Republic, sitting around a table helped us to understand each other better, emphasised Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
The Prime Minister also remarked that this year marks the 20th anniversary since the first direct flight between the two countries. We look forward to continuing to develop these links, said the Prime Minister, as he noted the significant Maltese tourism investment in Czech Republic.
Both Prime Ministers said that this state visit is a follow-up meeting to the visit the Prime Minister of Czech Republic made in Malta last August when the issue of immigration was discussed
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš noted the similarities between the two countries, mainly that both countries joined the European Union at the same time and also that both Malta and Czech Republic have open economies.
Prime Minister Babiš congratulated Malta for the economic results which he attributed to the new reforms pushed under Joseph Muscat’s premiership. He announced that a business delegation will be sent to Malta to explore further potential business cooperation especially in the fields of innovative technologies and education. Prime Minister Babiš also noted that 22,000 tourists travel from Czech Republic to Malta on a yearly basis
Commenting on the appointments of the top EU jobs in Brussels, both Prime Ministers said that the fact that a consensus was reached speaks volumes on how Europe works and can solve issues in an efficient manner.