Malta becomes the first Central Mediterranean Member State of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 14, 2018
 

Malta has become the 16th Member State – and the first one from the Central Mediterranean region - of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).


Headquartered in Vienna and with an observer status at the United Nations, this intergovernmental organisation serves as a support structure to governments, other international organisations, research institutes, and members of civil society for informal consultations, while providing expertise and services in the area of multilateral cooperation on migration and asylum issues. The other Member States are Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.


Malta’s membership took effect following approval by Parliament, and subsequently the depositing of the Instrument of Accession to the Agreement establishing the ICMPD with the depository, which is the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.


The ICMPD employs over 200 staff members. It has a mission in Brussels and regional offices and representatives throughout Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Its Regional Office for the Mediterranean was opened in Floriana, Malta, in May 2016 and employs over 25 people.


The ICMPD serves as the Secretariat of the Valletta Framework, that was established during the Valletta Summit between European and African Leaders held in Malta in 2015. Today, the Valletta Framework has developed into an essential element in the EU’s relations with its African partners, where Malta continues to play an active role. Furthermore, the ICMPD is conducting several migration-related programmes in Libya. As a result, Malta sees membership as the ideal way to further its role as an active player along the Central Mediterranean Migratory Route.


Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, said: “Malta has cooperated with ICMPD for a number of years, and this relationship has kept improving over the years. ICMPD Membership was, therefore, a natural progression. We have now entered a new, more significant, phase and we look forward to a long-lasting and fruitful partnership with the ICMPD and its other Member States.”



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Minister Carmelo Abela together with Michael Spindelegger, ICMPD’s Director General, during a meeting in Malta in June 2017, during which Malta’s commitment to join the international organisation was discussed​

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