As the European Central Bank (ECB) gears up for a meeting in Malta on Thursday, the country's finance minister told CNBC that euro zone officials need to do more than pay "lip-service" to growth and competitiveness in the 19-country region.
"At the moment the Eurogroup (of finance ministers) is being taken up with banking regulation and international taxation issues and so on and I'm not sure how good we are at multi-tasking. Therefore growth and competitiveness is still being paid lip-service," Edward Scicluna told CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" on Wednesday.
Those subjects are expected to top the agenda of the ECB's next monetary policy meeting, however, which is being held in Malta rather than Frankfurt this month. Specific ally, whether the bank needs to increase its 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) bond-buying program which it launched in March will be a particular talking point.