Migration and future of EU on agenda as EU leaders meet in Malta

Migration, particularly the central Mediterranean route and Libya, will be the focus as EU leaders gather in the Maltese capital, Valletta, on 3 February for an informal meeting of heads of state or government.

Donald Tusk and Stefan Löfven
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will participate in the informal EU-Summit in Valetta on 3 February for a discussion that will focus on migration and the future of the European cooperation. The photo was taken during the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk's visit to Stockholm, in 2016. Foto: Regeringskansliet/Martina Huber

Stefan Löfven will attend the informal meeting of heads of state or government in Valletta on 3 February. The agenda includes issues related to migration and the future of the European project. Image from President of the European Council Donald Tusk's visit to Stockholm last year. Photo: Government Offices/Martina Huber

Leaders of all 28 EU Member States will take part in a discussion on migration in the morning. The aim is for the EU to become more effective at combating human smuggling, thereby preventing the loss of more lives in the Mediterranean. EU leaders are expected to agree on concrete and immediate measures. Cooperation and relations with the Libyan authorities are a priority, as the situation in Libya is a key factor in combating human smuggling in the central Mediterranean.

Later in the day, EU leaders will discuss the future of the European project. The discussion is a continuation of their reflections at the informal meeting held in Bratislava last September. The UK will not take part in this discussion due to the country's impending exit from the EU.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will represent Sweden at the meeting in Malta.