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Yearbook 2002

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.

2002 Malta

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 2003.

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.

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