Malta. According to
Countryaah website, the country can become a member of the EU on 1 May
2004, as decided by the EU summit in Copenhagen in December.
A referendum on membership will be held in M. spring 2003.
While the ruling Nationalist Party is running a Yes
campaign, Labor is opposed to an EU accession. Prime
Minister Eddie Fenech Adami has said he will resign if the
yes side loses. General elections will be held in September
Malta has been hit hard by the decline in tourism
following the terrorist attacks against the United States on
September 11, 2001.
Former President and Secretary of State Agatha Barbara
passed away on February 4, at the age of 78. She was one of
the country's most influential politicians.