PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Reference Number: PR162520, Press Release Issue Date: Nov 11, 2016
 
Malta currently hosting the Eurojumelages Congress

For the first time, Malta is hosting the Eurojumelages Congress, a pan-European twinning organisation which promotes activities between the various twinning organisations in the members’ countries, and also promotes the creation and development of new associations in European countries.

180 delegates from different countries are currently attending this congress, which is held once every three years.

In her opening address, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli remarked how the notion of town-twinning in Malta with foreign towns and cities in Europe was established twenty two years ago, through local government legislation in 1994.

Minister Dalli stated that some 60 different twinning agreements were made so far by various local councils in Malta and Gozo, with almost half of them being with localities in Italy.

“Twinning agreements foster friendship and cooperation and bring European communities together, thus enabling them to understand each other and share mutual benefits” added Minister Dalli.

Minister Dalli also spoke about the upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which Malta will be presiding in the first semester of 2017.

Throughout the next three days, foreign delegates will have the opportunity to experience Malta’s rich cultural heritage through a series of visits around Valletta, Mdina, Rabat, Mosta and also in Gozo whereby they will visit the recently restored Cittadella.

Eurojumelages is also involved in providing language courses in English, French, German, Spanish and Polish, and also coordinates events related to cultural and sporting tourism.

 

 
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