Press Releases 2019-01-24T16:16:28+00:00

More funding for research and post-doc grants needed

Over the past 5 years, 200 students obtained a PhD from the University of Malta. However what are we doing to give these researchers the opportunity to delve further into their research? I made these questions after being approached by several students and academics on the lack of opportunities for PhD graduates to further their research.Read More

Zammit Dimech pushing for more resources and funding for dyslexic students

“We need to make more funds available to ensure that dyslexic students have adequate resources to advance in their education and to incentivise more teachers and LSEs to pursue a career to assist dyslexic students. The European Dyslexia Charter I am pushing together with other MEPs at the European Parliament also emphasises this.”  MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks after meeting the team of the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Service, which strives to provideRead More

Migration crisis: only way forward is to uphold European values

“Our first priority as Europeans should be to save lives. Migration crisis should not be shouldered by islands such as Malta on their own. We need concrete mechanisms and not act on a case by case basis…Read More

More opportunities and less interference for Maltese artists

“Our role as politicians is to boost the cultural sector through concrete policies and not through political interference. The new European Agenda for Culture is an opportunity for the Maltese cultural  sector as their proposals have been fully endorsed.”...Read More

New EU regulation is a step closer to safeguard interests of small business and consumers online

After the first round of negotiations, Zammit Dimech said “This regulation is not only crucial for Maltese businesses including those in the hospitality sector that rely on platforms to reach their consumers, but also for consumers that use platforms extensively to buy flights, accommodation and other products from platforms and seek ...Read More

Zammit Dimech calls for smooth and timely implementation of EU laws as EP adopts two reports to improve working conditions

“I appeal to member states to ensure that changes to the directive on protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to substances causing cancer at work enter into force without delay and to take necessary measures to assist employers through adequate information and support to ensure its smooth implementation.”...Read More

EU Company Law: tax advantages should remain national competence

“Tax advantages are vital to attract economic activity to Malta’s shores. Thousands of jobs depend on such measures. This is why I have worked to ensure that EU company law does not affect our competitiveness. Nevertheless, the Maltese government needs to do its part not to shed a bad light on our reputation and fight money laundering...Read More

New Regulation to Facilitate Online Trading and Help Consumers identify Best Value Deals

“Online platforms and search engines are crucial for entrepreneurship and trade. They open access to new markets and commercial opportunities for businesses and SMEs. They also provide consumers with benefits by increasing their choice of...Read More

Maltese National Cancer Platform to join Association of European Cancer Leagues

“Maltese cancer NGOs play a role in providing important services to cancer patients and their families during and after their illness. This is why it is crucial to empower them and provide them with more opportunities to keep on offering a high quality support. The affiliation of the Maltese National Cancer Platform to the Association of European Cancer Leagues...Read More

Zammit Dimech launches European Dyslexia Charter at the European Parliament

“We are happy to launch the European Dyslexia Charter through which we want to give dyslexic people more opportunities to fulfill their aspirations in life.” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks today at the launch of the European Dyslexia Charter at the European Parliament in Brussels....Read More

Spectre of fake news

The Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology at the London School of Economics has recently proposed the creation of an Independent Platform Agency to combat fake news. The spectre of fake news is one that is widespread more than ever throughout Europe and beyond. Books are being written about the subject. One which I would particularly recommen...Read More

Maltese language should be available on digital platforms and assistants

It’s our responsibility to ensure that the Maltese language is well integrated and used within the digital sphere including on digital platforms and through digital assistants such as Siri and Alexa. By doing so, we will ensure that our national language remains relevant in an ever-changing digital world...Read More

Zammit Dimech’s proposals on a New European Agenda on Culture adopted

“Culture is a ‘soft power’ that enables and empowers its citizens to be responsible leaders of society, having integrity, enthusiasm and empathy. This is why we need to invest more in culture..Read More

Zammit Dimech’s proposals adopted as EP approves EU Whistleblowers law

“It is a must to protect persons who report breaches of law including corruption in public procurement and money laundering. This is in the public interest as money which can be invested in more health services and housing is currently being sieved to the very fewRead More

Government needs to seriously tackle challenges faced by diabetics and their families

“The Maltese Government should not delay any further but act immediately to improve the quality of life of those suffering from diabetes and their families. Over the past months I appealed to the Government to provide free continuous glucose monitors,Read More

We must all play our part

MEPs Roberta Metsola & Francis Zammit Dimech lead EPP Clean Up initiative of “plogging” across Member States

“We must all play our own part in keeping our country clean and safeguarding our heritage. Our role as representatives of the people of Malta and Gozo is not be restricted toRead More

Zammit Dimech’s recommendations on better working conditions adopted

“Measures adopted to ensure that the working environment is free from substance causing cancer, to protect the rights of workers working in another or a number of member states, together with initiatives to ensure more transparency in contracts, are a step forward to …Read More

Zammit Dimech raises concerns of Maltese Diabetics with European Commissioner

“Diabetes is an issue of high priority that requires further research. New knowledge needed to battle the disease can only be obtained with more funding. We need to also ensure that patients receive the necessary services and offer all support not only to them but also to their families.”…Read More

“Working to ensure further opportunities for Maltese businesses”​

Partit Nazzjonalista MEPs David Casa and Francis Zammit Dimech met a delegation of Maltese business leaders led by the Malta Business Bureau. During this meeting at the European Parliament, a number of issues were discussed, including the challenges faced by Maltese entrepreneurs…Read More

Media Committee adopts Zammit Dimech’s whistleblowing proposals

“Several member states have failed to protect their own citizens who report breaches of law. This is why today’s adoption of a proposal to introduce and strengthen whistle-blowers protection across the EU is an important step for democracy and rule of law. It is also a clear message that we stand with investigative journalists including Daphne Caruana Galizia…Read More

Ensuring a cancer free working environment – Francis Zammit Dimech

Workers should have to think about doing their job effectively, but instead many must also consider the impact of their job on their health due to exposure to substances causing cancer. Exposure to these substances over long periods can cause a variety of health issues such as respiratory and neurological diseases but most worryingly cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of work related deaths in the EU, accounting for 53% of all work related deaths…Read More

10 dossiers for Zammit Dimech in first year at the European Parliament

“In the last few days, I ensured better conditions for Maltese and Gozitan workers. I am also helping SMEs depending on the internet to reach consumers.”

MEP Francis Zammit Dimech said this during an event marking his first year of work at the European Parliament. More than 700 people attended the event, including various Members of the Maltese Parliament, and Partit Nazzjonalista Leader Adrian Delia...Read More

Online platforms: new rules to increase transparency and fairness

In a well-attended public information discussion co-organised by the European Parliament Liaison Office and the Malta Business Bureau, on the proposed EU regulation on Fairness and transparency for business users of online services, MEP Francis Zammit Dimech emphasised the need for …Read More

New media law will protect minors from harmful audio-visual content – Zammit Dimech

Today’s vote on the update of the directive on audio-visual media is an important step in ensuring the protection of minors from harmful content. “It’s a known fact that some media content is harmful for minors. It is our duty – as policy makers – to ensure that children are safeguarded from such content,”…Read More

European Dyslexia Charter to include proposal of Maltese parents​

Educational systems need to be better adapted for dyslexic students who should be further supported through new technologies, as current systems are still based on print. This is one of the recommendations proposed by the Malta Dyslexia Association and parents of dyslexic students and which MEP Francis Zammit Dimech raised during meetings held at the European Parliament in the light of a new initiative to set up a European Dyslexia Charter.”…Read More

Future of Maltese artists and creators cannot be secured without fair remuneration

“Today’s vote in plenary is a positive step in favour of Maltese artists and the media. Over the past weeks I have met artists including singers, songwriters, authors along with publishers and the media, who spoke to me about difficulties they are facing. This is why I campaigned in favour of new legislation which will tackle the issues faced.”…Read More

Zammit Dimech pushing for a cancer free working environment

“Cancer is the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU. This is why I am working to ensure that the working environment is safe from more substances found to be causing cancer.” MEP Zammit Dimech made these remarks during a meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels…Read More

Zammit Dimech endorses authority offering cross-border support and guidance to workers and businesses

“Nowadays many contracts have cross border elements and one needs to address the various elements that cut across borders be it working conditions, social security and enforcement to tackle illegalities. Working and doing businesses across Europe is a fundamental right of EU citizens and we need to ensure adequate support and guidance is given to workers and businesses on their rights and obligations.”...Read More

Zammit Dimech to work on a New European Agenda on Culture

MEP Francis Zammit Dimech has been entrusted by the EPP Group to work on a New European Agenda on Culture. Commenting after his appointment, Zammit Dimech said “I am pleased to be entrusted to work on a New European Agenda on Culture. This is a sector that affects several Maltese and Gozitan artists since their livelihood also depends on culture. ...Read More

Provide free needles to diabetics. Zammit Dimech with fourth appeal to the government.

“The Government should provide free needles to type II diabetics. Furthermore the government should take this sector more seriously. ” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks in front of the Ministry for Health during a Facebook Live to raise various matters constantly being outlined to him by diabetics and their relatives...Read More

Zammit Dimech appointed rapporteur on regulation protecting small business using online platforms

MEP Francis Zammit Dimech has been appointed as Rapporteur in the Committee on Legal Affairs on a proposed regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online services. The proposed regulation seeks to safeguard a fair, transparent and trusted business environment for smaller businesses and traders when using online platforms and search engines...Read More

Zammit Dimech will be EPP Group MEP responsible for Brexit in the Committee on Legal Affairs

MEP Francis Zammit Dimech has been tasked to serve as the EPP Group MEP responsible for Brexit in the Committee on Legal Affairs. He will be working closely with MEP Elmar Brok the EPP Group spokesperson on Brexit and member of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group...Read More

Government ignoring the real challenges faced by diabetics

“The Maltese Government should stop trying to give the impression that it is doing something on diabetes, and instead tackle the real challenges of diabetics. In this regard, MEP Francis Zammit Dimech is reiterating his 3 appeals”...Read More

Zammit Dimech asks for more funding for Maltese youths during meeting with Commissioner Navracsics

The #DiscoverEU pilot project needs to develop into a programme just like the successful Erasmus+ to give young Maltese people the opportunity to travel for free when they turn 18. This is not just a ticket to travel for free but an investment in young people. After all, the EU is not just about politics but also about culture and bringing people together”...Read More

Zammit Dimech raises Central Link Project controversy with European Commission

“The government should not bulldoze over residents, farmers, producers and cyclists and carry on with the Central Link Project disregarding the several concerns raised. This goes against the spirit of EU funding which will be used in the project”...Read More

Zammit Dimech working with local cancer organisations to make the fight against cancer a European priority

“We need more cooperation at EU level to ensure that more children that experience rare cancers are cured, and for screening and early detection to improve through exchange of robust scientific data. We also need to invest more in research and ensure that cancer survivors and their families continue to receive adequate support once they overcome cancer.”...Read More

Zammit Dimech calls on Government to make 4mm pen needles available to Type 1 diabetics

“The government should with immediate effect make 4mm pen needles available to Type 1 Diabetics. This is the least the government should do to alleviate pain of several patients including children since the government has not yet provided a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGMs) that waive the need to draw blood several times a day”...Read More

Erasmus: Zammit Dimech asks for more funding and opportunities for young people, students and sports

“Young people and students are still facing a number of challenges to participate in mobility programmes. Therefore, mobility and internationalisation strategies need to tackle such challenges. Whereas doubling the Erasmus budget is a good move we are pushing to increase the existing Erasmus budget three fold to help students, young people and sports people go through this positive experience.”...Read More

Revise existing obligations for bicycle lanes in EU funded projects to make them safer for cyclists

“The EU is associated with high standards. This is why cyclists expect that bicycle lanes, especially those on roads funded by the EU, are up to standard and provide a safety route for users. We have seen enough deaths on our roads. This is why I have asked the European Commission if a revision of existing obligations for bicycle lanes in EU funded projects is being planned to ensure that roads constructed via EU funds have adequate cycling infrastructure to guarantee road safety for cyclists...Read More

Erasmus: Zammit Dimech asks for more funding and opportunities for young people, students and sports

“Young people and students are still facing a number of challenges to participate in mobility programmes. Therefore, mobility and internationalisation strategies need to tackle such challenges. Whereas doubling the Erasmus budget is a good move we are pushing to increase the existing Erasmus budget three fold to help students, young people and sports people go through this positive experience.”...Read More

Learning Support Educators should not pay for mandatory training

“Learning Support Educators should not pay for mandatory training. This is unacceptable. If training is mandatory and required by the employer, it needs to be provided by the employer at no additional cost for the worker. Of course there needs to be a guarantee that investment made in the employee is then reaped back and that the employee gives a reasonable duration of service for the training given.” …Read More

Boosting the exposure and revenue of local artists

In his vlog, MEP Francis Zammit Dimech speaks about an important achievement for Maltese creators and artists on which he has been working over the past months as MEP. Through the new webpage www.youtube.com.mt launched by YouTube this week, Maltese content on YouTube will be more easily accessible and local artists and content of local creators will be given more prominence…Read More

Zammit Dimech calls for high quality mobility and scientific cooperation schemes as his report on EU trade agreements is adopted unanimously

“Cultural and educational exchanges between the EU and its partners can contribute to creation of jobs. Furthermore, Member States and the European Commission need to develop high quality mobility and scientific cooperation schemes to enable international collaboration and exchange of knowledge. On the other hand, culture and education policies need to provide skills to face challenges arising from globalisation.”….Read More

A step closer for Maltese Youtubers to be paid for content generated online

“Today’s launch of the specific YouTube webpage for Malta – www.youtube.com.mt – is an important step for Maltese YouTubers, content creators and users. This is because not only will it make local content online more easily accessible for users but it will be further promoting content of local creators including several artists. It is also another step closer for Maltese YouTubers to be compensated financially for content generated online.”….Read More

Zammit Dimech will be EPP Group Rapporteur on new whistleblowers legislation

MEP Francis Zammit Dimech has been entrusted by the EPP Group in the European Parliament to serve as the Group’s Rapporteur on legislation concerning whistleblowers after that last April, the European Commission proposed a new law to strengthen whistleblower protection across the EU….Read More

Visual literacy needs to be given priority. No modern education without a decent pay for teachers. – Zammit Dimech

Since we are speaking on modernisation of education, we need to address ongoing realities. Nowadays people are communicating more via images rather than traditional means and therefore visual literacy is a new life skill that deserves to be given importance and needs to be inserted in early education. Therefore, students will learn how to read and understand images they are exposed…..Read More

Zammit Dimech raises concerns of Maltese recreational anglers at the European Parliament

“The use of piers for private purposes means that recreational fishermen are finding it difficult to practice their sport.” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks during a plenary debate on recreational fishermen at the European Parliament in Strasbourg …Read More

Zammit Dimech pledges to continue safeguarding rights of workers as EPP Group appoints him rapporteur on two important files

“Through these two new appointments, I will continue to work to safeguard rights of workers in Malta an Gozo especially when it comes to mobility from one job to another and their safety at their workplace.” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks when being interviewed by Maltese journalists at the European Parliament in Brussels…..Read More

Future of agriculture relies on supporting and encouraging young farmers – Zammit Dimech

“The future of agriculture relies on our ability to attract young people into farming and invest heavily in them. In this regard, we are pushing for further investment in schemes which help young farmers in getting access to land, as well as to enhance access and use of funding for young farmers.” …Read More

Forced marriages shouldn’t be addressed through access to abortion – Zammit Dimech

“If we really want to strengthen the fight against forced marriages, we should enhance education, women empowerment and victim support rather than pushing forward access for abortion.” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech said this after a vote taken within the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament, in which Zammit Dimech is a member….Read More

Zammit Dimech raises concerns and views of Maltese and Gozitan farmers in European Parliament’s report

Special consideration should be granted to farmers who face extra challenges due to specific constraints linked to less favoured areas such as islands and outermost regions to maintain farming activity in …Read More

A society without free media is a fake democracy – Zammit Dimech

“Societies need to defend journalists and ensure press freedom if they are to be honest with themselves. Having a society without media operating in full liberty is nothing more than a fake democracy.” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks during a plenary session in Brussels…Read More

It is not just about growth and jobs; quality of life and working conditions matter too – Zammit Dimech

“We cannot measure economic growth solely through the number of new jobs created. More reference needs to be made to the quality of life index and related working conditions of employees also by shedding more transparency on their conditions.” MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these …Read More

Lura fil-Parlament Ewropew: Il-prijoritajiet għall-2018

Egħżież,

Ninsabu fil-bidu ta’ sena ġdida. Sena li mingħajr ebda dubju se tkun waħda ta’ ħidma kbira fi ħdan il-Parlament Ewropew.

Jiena nifforma parti mill-Kumitat tal-Kultura b’responsabbilta’ wkoll għall-media. Hemm, ix-xogħol tiegħi jinkludi li nsaħħaħ l-irwol tal-media u li nagħmel rapport fuq dan il-qasam… Aqra Aktar

Pilatus Bank’s licence putting Malta’s financial sector at risk

It is an irony that the Chairman of Pilatus Bank – who tried to institute legal proceedings against Maltese media houses and journalists in the United States of America in an attempt to silence them – has now been arrested on US charges.

Partit Nazzjonalista MEP Francis Zammit Dimech made these remarks when speaking about the arrest of Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, the chairman of Maltese-registered Pilatus Bank…Read More