Malta. In February, Malta began negotiations on EU
membership. According to
COUNTRYAAH, the ruling Nationalist Party promised a
referendum on the EU, which if everything went as planned
would be held before the 2003 parliamentary elections.
Before that, however, Malta had begun to adjust to the
requirements set by the EU, and an EU report in November
2000 stated that Malta together with Cyprus were the applicant
countries that have come the longest in creating a
functioning market economy.
During the spring there were mass protests against
proposed tax increases. Despite this, the Nationalist Party
succeeded well in the municipal elections in March.