Illegal immigration and spring hunting

The issue of ille­gal immi­gra­tion remains a pri­or­i­ty issue with the gov­ern­ment of Mal­ta now offi­cial­ly decid­ing to with­draw from par­tic­i­pat­ing in Fron­tex Oper­a­tions in the Mediter­ranean. The gov­ern­ment offi­cial­ly declared that this deci­sion was tak­en due to the decreas­ing num­ber of ille­gal migrants arriv­ing in the course of last year. But this deci­sion coin­cides with the EU’s announce­ment that all migrants res­cued by Fron­tex oper­a­tions will now be tak­en to the coun­try con­duct­ing the res­cue oper­a­tion prompt­ing every­one to believe that Malta’s deci­sion to with­draw was tak­en due to this new pro­vi­sion.

Anoth­er major issue dom­i­nat­ing pol­i­tics in Mal­ta in recent months is the issue of spring hunt­ing. The gov­ern­ment of Mal­ta decid­ed to open this year’s spring hunt­ing for one week, much to the dis­may of activists in favour of birds. The gov­ern­ment has announced that it will be dis­cussing this issue exten­sive­ly with the EU in the com­ing months before decid­ing whether to open the sea­son for a length­i­er peri­od next year, as the hunter’s asso­ci­a­tion have been con­sis­tent­ly request­ing.

The reports focus on a report­ing peri­od from Decem­ber 2009 until May 2010. This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March and April 2010. Most of the 31 reports were deliv­ered in May 2010.

The EU-27 Watch No. 9 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained there­in.