Ursula von der Leyen will be in Malta to distribute funds for recovery plan

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, is in Malta to discuss the island’s COVID recovery plan with Prime Minister Robert Abela at Castille and to release the first tranche of funding.

Ursula von der Leyen has arrived in Malta for brief meetings on the COVID recovery plan with Prime Minister Robert Abela.

The European Commission President is scheduled to distribute the first batch of EU funding to aid nations in their recovery from the pandemic.

The EU Recovery and Resilience Facility is projected to provide Malta with €316 million in grants.

The Prime Minister greeted Von der Leyen on the runway of Malta International Airport, where she arrived by private executive jet

The two are holdings talks at Auberge De Castille in Valletta.

The Brussels chief’s visit to Malta comes only 24 hours after she delivered her main State of the Union speech to the European Parliament. Von der Leyen complimented Malta for promoting good governance in her address.

Abela stated in a Facebook post announcing von der Leyen’s arrival in Malta that the two will discuss Malta’s recovery strategy, “at the heart of which is an investment in people” to secure a brighter future.