Benefits of Malta's EU membership


Malta joined the EU on 1 May 2004.


Since then, individuals, businesses and communities across Malta have experienced the social, economic and cultural benefits of EU membership. They include the freedom to live, study, work, trade or travel across the 28 member states.


The right to work and study across the continent has created opportunities for thousands of Maltese citizens who have chosen to live, work and study in other EU countries.

Malta in turn benefits from the thousands of EU nationals living here, enriching our culture, strengthening our society and boosting the Maltese economy.


The EU supports the ambitions of people to improve their lives, of businesses to grow, and of governments to achieve economic prosperity.


It gives us valuable and hard fought for social protections like employment rights, maternity and paternity leave and the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, gender

or race.


 It gives us the opportunity to work in solidarity with others across the continent to tackle pressing global challenges, such as the movement of refugees and migrants,energy security and climate change.


Malta punches above its weight in the EU.