President von der Leyen and Prime Minister Abela discussed the situation in Malta and the reforms that are being undertaken in relation to the judicial system and the police force. Prime Minister Abela expressed his commitment to ensure that Malta abides by the highest rule of law standards. President von der Leyen encouraged the Prime Minister to continue working on the basis of the recommendations by the Venice Commission and expressed the Commission's willingness to support Malta in advancing with its reforms.
Prime Minister Abela expressed his concern in relation to migration and the increase in irregular arrivals in Malta. President von der Leyen referred to the ongoing preparations on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, acknowledging the pressure faced by some Member States, including Malta, and the need for a European solution that works for all.