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ECVET-Bologna Seminar - 22nd November 2013


The European Union Programmes Agency is cordially inviting you to attend a seminar to be held at the Dolmen Resort Hotel on Friday 22nd November. 

Some background information about the programmes in discussion during the seminar is featured below:


Malta has a number of VET qualifications which have not yet been converted into the ECVET system. In view of the establishment of the Malta Qualifications Framework, the next step is to convert national VET qualifications into the ECVET system. The main problem with training institutions is that they often do not have enough understanding or background knowledge of the proposed ECVET system to be able to convert and align their courses on their own. This is one of the great obstacles which needs to be overcome to ensure the successful implementation of CVET. This project thus aims to first pilot the conversion process of a number of current VET courses, and then, based on the experience to develop a manual with VET institutions can use to guide them in the conversion of their VET qualifications according to the standards specified for ECVET. The project will take 30 VET qualifications/courses from a number of VET institutions and use them to develop and pilot a methodological tool for the conversion of ordinary qualifications to ones described in terms of ECVET.


Bologna (

The Bologna Process is an intergovernmental initiative which aims to create by 2010 a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) based on three cycles: Degree/Bachelor - Master – Doctorate. It is based on cooperation between ministries, higher education institutions, students and staff from 46 countries, with the participation of international organisations.

Bologna Experts are funded by the European Commission and are appointed by the National Authorities of the country concerned. A national team of 9 Maltese Bologna Experts have been nominated for Malta.

The role of Bologna Experts within the Bologna Process is to assist Maltese Higher Education Institutions in three main areas, that is, Quality Assurance, Three Cycle System and Recognition and other aspects such as the ECTS/DS (introduction and labels), promotion of mobility (through the Erasmus Programme), employability, social dimension, qualifications framework, lifelong learning, the promotion of the European dimension in Higher Education, recognition of prior learning, student-centred outcome-based learning, promoting the European Higher Education Area in a global setting and European Higher Education Area and European Research area.

The seminar programme can be viewed here msw8 - 38 KB [38 KB] .

Public Dialogue: "A credible, growing and open Europe" 

Seminar - “Governance and Marketing for the Industrial Areas: MER Project”

The Euro-Crisis and National Elections: An Assessment of the elections in Italy and Malta

The European Documentation Centre is organizing a talk entitled ‘The Euro-Crisis and National Elections: An Assessment of the elections in Italy and Malta’.

The discussion will take place on May 15th at 12.00 hrs at the EDC library. Professor Roderick Pace Director of the Institute for European Studies and Prof Filippo Tronconi from the University of Bologna will be giving their views on the topic, and the event will be coordinated by Dr Marcello Carammia.

Seminar on Late Payment Directive

Late payments could constitute a major obstacle to the free movement of goods and services in the single market and could substantially distort competition. The subject was addressed during an informative seminar organised on the 14th February by the European Commission Representation in Malta together with the Malta Association of Credit Management (MACM). It brought together a good number of stakeholders to discuss the rationale behind the Late Payments Directive and its implementation in Malta.

In his introductory comments, Mr Martin Bugelli, Head of the Commission Representation, explained that the event was part of an information campaign lead by the European Commission in all EU Member States. The aim, he said, was to increase awareness amongst stakeholders, in particular SMEs and public authorities, on the new rights conferred by the Directive.

MACM President Dr Louis Bianchi pointed out that throughout Europe, Malta included, public authorities are not leading by example, often paying later than business customers. He recalled that in this scenario SMEs are the most vulnerable, hence the need for proper implementation of the rights conferred by EU law.

The main presentation as delivered by Ms Idaira Robayna Alfonso from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. She said that the Directive is expected to have a stronger impact than the previous legislation that concerns late payments. The Directive concerns business-to-business, and business-to-government relationships, not consumer payments and the aim is to help businesses maintain a healthy cashflow. Ms Robayna Alfonso highlighted the cultural differences in the length of payments in Europe, with extremes varying between 25 days and 180 days. She also congratulated Malta on being one of the first countries together with Cyprus, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands, to transpose the new Directive (i.e. to introduce it through Maltese law).

Representing the public sector, Mr Herald Bonnici, Director-General (Financial Policy and Management) within the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Investment, said that the average payment duration by public authorities in Malta is 89 days. He gave an overview of the process that led to the transposition of the Directive into Maltese law, from the initial public consultation up to the introduction of the relevant Legal Notice (LN 272 of 2012).

Josef Busuttil, Director-General of MACM shared the views of his associatoin on the practical aspects of implementation of the legislation. He welcomed the revised Directive as an improvement on the EU's first attempt at curbing late payments. However, he pointed out that the Directive on its own would be ineffective unless the causes of late payments are addressed. This, he said, include undercapitalisation, mismanagement and overtrading. It is necessary to change the late payment culture through education, proper credit management information systems and adequately funded firms. In other words, good credit management practice is key, Busuttil emphasised.

The private sector perspective was presented by Charles Xuereb, Chief Financial Officer at Simonds Farsons Cisk, who said that although legislation is not a remedy to the problem, it is a step in the right direction that creates an environment that is conducive to more timely payments. He mentioned the practical difficulties in enforcing the Directive, particularly in Malta, where often businesses are reluctant to charge interest on payments, or to seek judicial redress.

The presentations were followed by an interesting and lively discussion, chaired by Mr Martin Bugelli, touching on various aspects of the Directive. Participants voiced their appreciation, criticism and suggestions towards the legislative initiaitve, as well as their views on the difficulties SMEs face in asserting their rights in practice.

Around 170 people, mostly coming from SMEs and public entities, attended the seminar which was held at the Hotel Excelsior in Floriana.

The Maltese Economy: Structure and Performance - Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th January 2013

Seminar Organised by the Department of Economics – University of Malta in collaboration with Malta University Holding Company Ltd, conducted by
Professor Lino Briguglio and Professor Joseph Falzon.

For further information, click here pdf - 136 KB [136 KB] .

Mobilising European SMEs policy for Malta: Lessons learnt, current challenges and future opportunities

The European Economic and Social Committee is holding a half-day seminar to disseminate amongst Maltese stakeholders the conclusions and recommendations found in its recently-adopted opinion on an "Action plan to improve access to finance for SMEs".

This will be held on 25 January 2013 at 09:00hrs at Dar l-Ewropa, 254, St Paul Street, Valletta. Read the draft programme of the seminar here msw8 - 57 KB [57 KB] .

For registrations, kindly send an email to or call on 23425100.

Public Dialogue: Programme and Priorities of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Working within the EU Institutions - What does it take?

2012 Calendar

PUBLIC DIALOGUE - Economic Growth in Europe with Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton

The Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) and the Embassy of Ireland in Malta are organising a Public Dialogue with Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister for European Affairs on the growth agenda.

This will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 9.30 a.m. at the Aula Magna, University of Malta, Valletta Campus. Ms Creighton will deliver an introductory address which will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

To register kindly send an email to by not later than Monday, December 3. When registering, please include name/s of participant/s, entity/organisation being represented and a contact number.

Malta International Book Fair, 7th - 11th November 2012

The Malta Book Fair is a not-to-be-missed annual event attracting interested book readers from all over the islands of Malta and Gozo to it's venue at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.  Keen to promote and distribute its large and varied selection of EU publications, the European Commission stand was visited by thousands of enthusiastic visitors including primary and secondary school students, university students, teachers, members of the general public and individuals keen to find out more about general and specific topics of the EU.

Staff were on hand to give out free reading material and theme-specific publications on EU-related matters made available by the different Commission DG's as well as showcasing its own recently produced publication 'Avventura Madwar L-Ewropa'.  Hundreds of copies of the Representation Office's recently produced 2013 calendar, inspired by Maltese Summer School Students, were also distributed.

The Prime Minister, The President and The Archbishop of Malta all visited the European Commission Stand, taking away a sample of EU publications with them!

To view more photos of the Book Fair please visit us on Facebook!


Science in the City

Science in the City is an FP7, Researchers' Night project. It is part of a Pan-European event which will take place on the 28th September in over 300 cities. In Malta, the event will consist of over 20 events in 14 different locations in Valletta, celebrating science in an enjoyable way. Activities will run from St James Cavalier all the way down Republic, Merchant and Strait streets to St George's Square.

The main and largest activity will be a live science TV show at St George’s Square, hosted by Pawlu Borg Bonaci and Angie Laus.

At St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, there will be a collective exhibition by Maltese artists called 'How?', a science film festival, Malta Café Scientifique talk, and a piano recital.

At Palazzo Ferreria, the Malta Association for Contemporary Music is coordinating three 20 minute performances, by musicians from the Music Conservatory of Venice.  

Over-the-top science-inspired street art will be set up along Merchant and Republic Street. The artists include Emmanuel Bonnici, Liliana Fleri Soler, Norbert Francis Attard and Raphael Vella. In Strait Street, Chris Briffa will be installing an echo free room, an experience not to be missed.

Other activities will be staged at King’s Own Band Club, MEUSAC, Auberge d’Italie and the Central Bank car park area. Families will also be treated to a science-themed carnival parade ‘Maskri Grotteski’ along Valletta main streets, while various university student groups will give fun science demonstrations for all to enjoy. For further details, visit

Between the summer months of July and September, hundreds of Skola Sajf(Summer School)children will be visiting Europe House to learn more about the EU.


Members of staff are on hand to explain what the EU is and how it works...

Children are shown short video clips on interesting topics such as the environment, climate change, languages in the EU, healthy living and others.  These help to engage students in an active discussion and encourage them to learn more about a particular subject, in a fun and practical way.   

A tour of Europe House follows and the children have their lunch on the terrace enjoying panoramic views of the '3 Cities' and the Grand Harbour.

Before leaving, a number of EU publications and other promotional materials are given to the students.

29th May, 2012

A group of 25 Adult Lifelong Learning Students attended a presentation at Europa House to learn more about the European Union.

Dr. Angelo Chetcuti, Press Officer, gave a very interesting overview of the European Union from it's humble beginnings to present day Europe.  The role and function of Europa House was also explained, giving an insight into the purpose of a Member State's Representation Office. 

Following an opportunity to ask questions, participants were each given a copy of the popular 'Europe in 12 lessons' publication.

Pre-announcement of Call for project Proposals under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)



The Managing Authority for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 in Malta, the Planning and Priorities Coordination Division (PPCD) within the Office of the Prime Minister would like to announce that it will shortly be launching a call for project proposals to be part-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007-2013.
Prospective applicants will be invited to submit applications for projects falling under the following Priority Axis of Operational Programme I ‘Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life’:

Priority Axis 4: Climate Change and Resource Efficiency

Focus Area: Energy - The call is restricted to studies or interventions undertaken by Public Entities with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and exploiting the use of renewable energy sources. 
Focus Area: Resource Efficiency - The call is restricted to interventions undertaken by Public Entities with the aim of promoting the best use of available resources.

The total indicative financial threshold for this call (for both focus areas) is €70 million, €5 - €10 million of which are earmarked for projects whose total project values is below €1 million.

Prospective applicants should note the total indicative financial threshold for this call.  Proposals are to remain within the budget of the call, however the Managing Authority reserves the right to amend the financial allocation, if it deems this appropriate and in line with the targets of the Operational Programme.

For further guidance, a short briefing session for prospective applicants will be held on Monday 28th May 2012 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The registration form for the Briefing Session can be downloaded from and forwarded on by not later than Monday 21st May 2012 at noon.  Places are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The number of participants per organisation may be restricted, if necessary. 

The actual launch of the call, together with details of the related Information Session, will be published in the coming weeks and will also be available on our webpage: The related Application Form and relevant documentation (including the list of eligible actions) will be made available through the same link once the call is launched.

Background documents and further information may be obtained from or from PPCD’s Online Helpdesk:

This notice should be considered as a pre-announcement to allow interested applicants additional time to prepare projects.


Eco-Innovation 2012 Call for Proposals Information Session


Event date: 15th May 2012
Time: 13:00 – 16:00 hrs
Venue: Malta Enterprise, Gwardamangia Hill, Pieta (Conference Hall)
Target audience: SMEs, commercial entities, public organizations, private associations, NGOs

The European Union's Eco-Innovation funding call is addressed mainly to organisations that have developed an environmental product, service, management practice or process which has a proven track record, yet is not fully marketed due to residual risks. The Eco-innovation initiative is intended to overcome those barriers to further market penetration and turn these products and processes into Europe's future eco-innovation successes. Applications from SMEs are particularly encouraged.

Around €35 million will be available to fund new projects this year. The Commission will fund up to 50% of the project’s eligible costs.
The Call for proposals 2012 will open on the 8th of May 2012. Deadline for submission of applications is expected to be in September (exact date to be confirmed).

In this respect the Malta CIP National Contact Point (NCP) at Malta Enterprise is organizing an information session on the 15th May.
The event is free of charge however due to limited seating capacity booking is required by latest 14th May. Booking is to be done by clicking on this link:

For more information click here.

Call for Project Proposals under the European Social Fund (ESF)



The Managing Authority for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 in Malta, the Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) within the Office of the Prime Minister would like to announce that it has launched a new call for project proposals to be part-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2007-2013.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for projects falling under the following Priority Axis of Operational Programme II ‘Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life':

Priority Axis 3: – Promoting an Equal and Inclusive Labour Market

Focus Areas:

1) Female participation in the labour market:

Priority will be given to projects promoting skills for women returning to work, provision of childcare studies and piloting of innovative working arrangements

2) Addressing labour market distortions and ensuring that work pays

Priority will be given to projects addressing the optimisation of social benefits; bringing those at the furthest edges closer to the labour market through training, work assignments, etc; and the promotion of healthy and safe environments at work. 

Indicative Financial Threshold: €5 million which can increase to €6 million


This call is open also to Local Councils and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) (or equivalent).  In ALL cases the organisation must have been set up for at least ONE year before the day of the launch of the call.

The Operational Programme, Application Form and Guidance Notes, as well as further information can be downloaded from 

For further guidance, prospective applicants are also invited to register for one of the half-day Information Sessions being organised that will be held on the following dates:

• in Malta

        Tuesday 15th May 2012 from 9:00 to 13:00; and
        Wednesday 16th May 2012 from 13:30 to 17:30
• in Gozo

                    Thursday 17th May 2012 from 14:00 to 18:00

The Registration Form can be downloaded from  and forwarded to by not later than noon of Monday 14th May 2012. Places are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The number of participants per organisation may be restricted, if necessary.

For general queries relating to this call or to Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, kindly contact PPCD on the Email Helpdesk:

Business Breakfast:  EU Gateway Programme

The Enterprise Europe Network Unit at Malta Enterprise is inviting any interested parties to attend a Business Breakfast and information session on the Executive Training Programme and EU Gateway Programme designed to assist companies who wish to do business with the Japanese and South Korean markets.  These are markets which have great potential but are somewhat difficult to access due to logistics and cultural differences.

The Executive Training Programme provides up to 45-week training course in Japan or Korea, including an internship in a local company that will enhance your business prospects in these countries.

The EU Gateway Programme organises and funds Business Missions in high technology and design sectors for European companies to develop their business in Japan and Korea by offering financial and logistical support, strategic preparation and a tailored search for business contacts.

Date: 11th April 2012 at 8:30hrs
Venue: Le Meridien Hotel, St. Julians

The Info session shall be delivered by Mr. Alvaro Biel Turon of the Madrid Office in charge of said programmes.

Further information about the programmes may be accessed here and here .

Interested parties are to contact the Enterprise Europe Network Unit on or tel: 25423418

Jean Monnet Conference - Rights and remedies for the consumer in the European Union

On Friday 13th April 2012, at the Corinthia Hotel in St George’s Bay, will take place Rights and Remedies for the Consumer in the European Union, the third conference organised by the Jean Monnet Chair funded with support of the European Commission.

The deadline for registration is on Monday 9 April, and the participation fee is €50 (standard) and €20 (full-time students).

Click here for the Conference's programme and the registration form.  

Few seats left for the information session on the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)  

The European Commission has by now tabled its legislative proposals for each area covered by the next EU budget 2014-2020. Amongst these is the new Programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME), with a foreseen budget of €2.5 billion.
The Programme will ensure continuity with initiatives and actions already undertaken by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), building on the results and lessons learnt. While many successful features of the EIP will be continued, management of the Programme will be simplified to make it easier for entrepreneurs and SMEs to benefit from it.

In order to inform relevant stakeholders and stimulate debate at national level, the European Commission Representation is organising an information session on the new Programme. For this purpose, we will be having an official from DG Enterprise, Mr Edward Tersmette, who will be giving a presentation about the new COSME Programme.

You are kindly invited to attend this event, which is taking place at Dar l-Ewropa on Thursday 16th February 2012 at 09:30hrs.

Since there are only a few seats left, you are kindly requested to confirm your attendance by Tuesday 14 February by contacting Ms Joanne Pulis on

Call for proposals for the EU’s ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) - Info session

The next call for proposals for the EU’s ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) has been launched in February 2012. In this light the Malta National Contact Point for the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP Malta NCP), in collaboration with the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), is organising an information event for local stakeholders, in order to create awareness of the various funding opportunities that exist within the ICT-PSP programme:

Information session ICT PSP 2012 Call for Proposals

Venue: MITA 01, Triq Il-Ferrovija, Santa Venera

Date: 21st February 2012

Time: 8.30 – 11.30 hrs

Targeted at: policy makers, ICT enterprises, EU affairs managers, consultancy firms, interest representation organizations, NGOs, Local Councils



08.30 hrs: Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 hrs: Introduction and video of a real-life scenario of cross-border services online

09.15 hrs: Overview ICT-PSP and the 2012 funding opportunities - Pedro Fernandez Alvarez, CIP Malta National Contact Point

10.00 hrs: Planning for a CIP ICT-funded project - practical approaches and future outlooks – Alex Borg, MITA

10.45 hrs: Piloting cross-border e-justice for the benefit of citizens and enterprises: eCodex – a CIP ICT case study

11.00 hrs: QA and open discussion

11.30 hrs: Closing

This session is free of charge, however due to seating restrictions we kindly ask interested parties to register here

Background information
The EU’s ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) is a funding programme that aims at stimulating EU innovation and competitiveness by accelerating the development of a sustainable, competitive, innovative and inclusive information society. It supports activities to step up innovation and implementation of ICT-based services and systems through the wider uptake and best use of ICT and the exploitation of digital content by citizens, governments and businesses.

In the EU the greater uptake in the EU of ICT and exploitation of digital content in areas of public interest – like health, inclusion, cultural heritage, public sector information, learning, public administrations, or energy efficiency – requires greater availability of ICT-based services, improved interoperability of solutions across the Member States, as well as less market fragmentation of the information space and ICT-based solutions.

Therefore the ICT PSP assists the development of markets for innovative ICT-based solutions and digital content, notably in areas of public interest. This opens-up a wide range of new business opportunities, in particular for innovative SMEs that provide such solutions and are keen to form part of a European network of partners. The Programme builds on and complements national, regional and other EU initiatives.

The aim of this roundtable is to provide a forum for debate and experience sharing and to outline various avenues that could be considered to pursue by stakeholders regarding ICT-PSP projects. It will also serve as a meeting platform to establish direct communication channels and set the base for possible further collaborations and joint projects between stakeholders.

The ICT-PSP 2012 Call for Proposals will address the following themes:

- ICT for "smart" cities
- Digital content, open data and creativity
- ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion
- Innovative government and public services
- Trusted eServices and other actions

These themes will be supported by a limited number of high impact pilot or best practices projects, as well as thematic networks addressing specific objectives. The call documentation can be downloaded from here

We hope to welcome you at this information session. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone that you think might be interested in attending this information session.

For more information kindly contact the Malta CIP National Contact Point on or visit 



IV International Focus Programme Essay Competition on the Right to Healthcare

Deadline: Feb 27th 2012

ELSA, the European Law Students' Association, invites you to share your opinions! The right to health care has been generally accepted as a fundamental human right, though merely a social right and therefore not legally enforceable in court. Nonetheless, some legal systems recognise the justiciability of the right to health. This has created opportunities to individual patients claiming healthcare access. As a link between state and citizens, it rising up the question: how will healthcare claims affect healthcare systems?

To present the vision of the law students in Europe, ELSA launched the 4th IFP Essay Competition: “Right to Healthcare”.

The IFP Essay Competition is organised annually by ELSA International in line with the International Focus Programme (IFP) and its 7th topic focusing on Health Law.

The best essays will be published on the website of the European Social Charter by the Council of Europe and on the website of the IFP Essay Competition.

The prizes of the competition will be provided by partners of ELSA:

The three best submissions will all receive publications and merchandise from the Council of Europe. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The deadline for articles to be submitted to is the 27th of February 2012.

To learn more about the competition as well as to find the rules and conditions of participation please check ELSA's website


Call for Project Proposals under the European Social Fund (ESF)

The Managing Authority for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 in Malta, the Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) within the Office of the Prime Minister would like to announce that it has launched a new call for project proposals to be part-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2007-2013.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for projects falling under the following Priority Axis of Operational Programme II ‘Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life':

Priority Axis 2: – Investing in the Employability and Adaptability of the Workforce

Focus Area - Continuous training and education:

Priority will be given to projects addressing environment/green skills; RTDi-related skills as well as projects focusing on the employability and adaptabilty of older workers (40-55yrs).

The indicative financial threshold allocated is €4 million. (The Managing Authority will consider increasing the allocation on the basis of savings registered on the Programme)

Priority Axis 4 – Strengthening of Institutional and Administrative Capacity

Focus Areas:

1) Strengthening public sector reform:
Priority will be given to projects looking at capacity building from a more comprehensive point of view bridging different skills within the same sector.

2)  Lifelong learning for the Public Sector

3) Strengthening the quality of employment services:
Submitted projects addressing this Focus Area will be prioritized.

4) Promoting a more effective social and civil dialogue in Malta

The indicative financial threshold allocated is €7.5 million.


This call is open also to Local Councils and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) (or equivalent).  In ALL cases the organisation must have been set up for at least ONE year before the day of the launch of the call.

The Operational Programme, Application Form and Guidance Notes, as well as further information can be downloaded from here

For further guidance, prospective applicants are also invited to register for one of the half-day Information Sessions being organised that will be held in Malta on:

• Friday, 3rd February 2012 from 12:00 pm (noon) to 4:00 pm; and
 Monday 6th February 2012 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon).

The Registration Form can be downloaded from here and forwarded to by not later than noon of Wednesday 1st February 2012. Places are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The number of participants per organisation may be restricted, if necessary.

Another call for proposals under Axis 3 (as advertised in the pre-announcement) will be launched shortly.

For general queries relating to this call or to Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, kindly contact PPCD on the Email Helpdesk:

Further information can also be found on Facebook.

Programme & Priorities of the Danish Presidency of the EU Council

Thursday 19 January 14:30 - 17:00, University of Malta, Valletta Campus

On January 1, Denmark assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the seventh time since the country’s accession to the EU in 1973.

The Danish Presidency is the second of the “trio presidency” that also includes Poland and Cyprus. The three successive presidencies work together over an 18 months period to accomplish a common agenda with the current president continuing the work of the previous "lead-president" after the end of its term.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt recently stated that “Now more than ever, we need to work together in the EU. We must dare to make difficult decisions. We must restore confidence, security and optimism. We must, therefore, work towards a responsible Europe.”

The four main priorities of the Danish Presidency will be to contribute to:

• A responsible Europe
• A dynamic Europe
• A green Europe
• A safe Europe

To present and discuss the programme and priorities of the Danish Presidency, the Embassy of Denmark and the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee would like to invite you to a Public Dialogue that is being held on Thursday, January 19 at the University of Malta, Valletta campus in St Paul’s Street, Valletta at 3.00 p.m. Coffee will be served at 2.30p.m.

The programme and priorities of the Danish Presidency will be presented by Birger Riis-Jørgensen, Ambassador of Denmark to Malta. A discussion, moderated by PBS journalist Keith Demicoli, will follow in which Francis Zammit Dimech MP (PN), Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, George Vella MP (PL), Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Vanni Xuereb, MEUSAC Head, will take part.

Kindly confirm your attendance by contacting Brian Pace, MEUSAC on e-mail It would be appreciated if your confirmation reaches MEUSAC offices by not later than noon of Wednesday, January 18, 2012.

Consultation Session: Environmental Permitting of Industrial Activities

Thursday, 26 January 2012, 10:00 - 12:00 - MEUSAC Offices, Valletta

Further to the first notice regarding the consultation session on MEPA’s proposal for an Environmental Permitting System for Industrial Activities, we would like to inform you that in view of the number of responses received and the fact that the first session is already fully booked, MEUSAC and MEPA will be holding a second session which will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: MEUSAC Offices, 280, Republic Street, Valletta

The proposed environmental permitting system will cover in particular:

• Waste management installations e.g. inert waste landfills, material recovery facilities and civic amenity sites;
• Sewage treatment plants;
• Reverse osmosis plants;
• Manufacturing plants;
• Chemical and pharmaceutical plants;
• Quarries;
• Batching and asphalt plants;
• Petrol stations;
• Volatile organic compound (VOC) solvent activities e.g. printing, surface coating and drycleaners;
• Shipyards, Marinas, sea ports, fish farms and airports; and
• Hospitals and hotels.

Further information is available at

Participants will also be given an update on the recent developments regarding the transposition of the new Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU). This Directive was already discussed during an information session organised by MEUSAC together with MEPA on March 21, 2011 for which relevant stakeholders were invited.

Points raised during the session will be taken into consideration in the drafting and finalisation of the legislation. Those interested in attending and have not yet booked for the first session are kindly requested to register with MEUSAC by sending an email on by not later than noon of Wednesday, January 25, 2012.


Youth in Action Upcoming deadlines and Information Meeting

The first of three Youth in Action Programme deadlines for 2012 is just around the corner, for this reason an Information Meeting is being held on Wednesday 18 January at 6.00pm, at the EUPA premises in 36, Old Mint Street, Valletta. The 1 February deadline covers projects starting anytime between 1 May – 31 October 2012.

Representative/s of organisations, especially if interested in applying for YiA project funds are invited to participate. Recurrent applicants and prospective ones are invited to attend especially in light of various updates as of 1 January 2012, particularly in funding mechanisms for the YiA actions.

This info meeting aims also to simplify the application process by tackling various related issues which past applicants encountered. Moreover, if you are not sure what your organisation would like to apply for this is also a good opportunity for you to understand further what YiA has to offer, as your interests will be channeled accordingly.

The EUPA organises these information meetings and activities in order to come closer and offer support to its target audiences and applicants. It is also an opportune time to listen to the challenges recurrent applicants are faced with during application stage.

Your full cooperation in this information meeting is very much appreciated in order to better assist you and provide you with a better service. In the meantime, should there be anything that you would like to be tackled during the meeting, please feel free to contribute.

You are kindly requested to send an email to Karl Engerer ( with your representatives' contact details by not later than Monday 16 January 2012.

N.B. This information meeting is open to residents of the Maltese Islands. The EUPA will not refund any travel expenses or issue visa invitations for any individuals wishing to travel to participate in this meeting.



2012 Call for Proposals Deadlines Published by Maltese EU Programmes Agency

The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) has published the 2012 National call for proposals for the Lifelong Learning Programme. These are available on the agency website at

The first deadlines shall be on 16 January for Comenius and Grundtvig In-Service Training Courses, and Grundtvig Visits and Exchanges. These will be followed by Comenius Assistantships on 31 January, Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation on 2 February, and Leonardo da Vinci Mobility and Erasmus Intensive Language Courses on 3 February. Details for each action, including application forms, guides, National eligibility and award criteria and other details are available on the website.

For further information, one can email

These initiatives are funded with support from the European Commission (Directorate General Education and Culture).

Information on the European Union Programmes Agency can be found at the agency website

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CCP-Media Desk end-of-year Informal Meeting

(for sector operators)  

When:Monday 19 December, 2011

Where: Auberge d'Italie Cultural Contact Point / Media Desk 

"The desks' workplans for 2012 will be presented; matters of strategic relevance to the Desks' mission will be discussed."

"Additional Information Session - Research & Innovation Programme 2012"

When: Wednesday 14 December (h 9:00) at Villa Bighi, Kalkara

Where: Malta Council for Science and Technology

Additional Information Session on the Research & Innovation Programme, launched on 6 December.



Workshops for NGOs: Getting the hang of EU funds

When:5-21 December, 2011 

Where:MEUSAC Offices, 280, Republic Street, Valletta

Training sessions tailored for NGOs to better understand EU funds. Workshops will tackle various EU funded programmes in the field of education, training and networking, youth, citizenship, infrastructure, energy, environment, policy governance, culture and the arts.

For more information please contact MEUSAC: (00356) 22003300

National finalists

  EU Health Prize 2011

498 eligible articles were submitted by 358 journalists from the 27 EU countries to the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2011. All the articles were read by the national juries, which convened in August and September, and selected 26 national finalists and 7 finalists for the smoking cessation special prize. These national finalists will now compete at EU level about the prizes.

The European Union jury will meet on 01 December 2011 and select the winners. On 31 January 2012,the names of the winners will be announced at the ceremony in Brussels and online on our website on 1 February.

See also the finalists of the special prize smoking cessation.

Health Award

MGRM 10 Years

The Malta Gay Rights Movement invites you to the launch of THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK: MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR LGBT YOUTH Campaign. This will take place on Wednesday 7th December 2011 at 11am at Europe House in St Paul Street, Valletta. This campaign is funded through the VOICES Foundation and features a series of virals, with accompanying posters, postcards and lesson plans for teachers and youthworkers aimed at addressing homophobic and transphobic language and bullying, self-harm among the LGBT community as well as reaching out to parents.


A group of Maltese Members of Parliament, political party representatives and the Clerk of the House of Representatives have just concluded a two-day visit to the EU Institutions in Brussels.  They were the guests of the European Commission Representation in Malta in collaboration with the Visits Service of the Directorate-General of Communication of the European Commission.

The twenty participants had meetings with various senior officials from the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament on the political priorities of the EU, the Lisbon Treaty and the role of each Institution, as well as other issues related to Malta.  They also met the Heads of Maltese Delegations in the European Parliament, Dr Simon Busuttil and Mr Louis Grech.

During their visit to Brussels, the group was also invited to Dar Malta where they met with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and with the Permanent Representative for Malta in the EU, Mr Richard Cachia Caruana.

The delegation was led by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta, Mr Martin Bugelli and by the Press & Political Officer, Dr Angelo Chetcuti.

Group photo of MP's

27 May 2011

Students at St. Joseph Secondary School in Sliema enthusiastically learn about the European Union following a presentation by Mrs Julia Abid, Communication Assistant.  Copies of 'Europe in 12 lessons', 'Languages take you further', 'EU on your doorstep' and 'My fundamental rights' were gratefully received.

The 60 students learned about the role of the Malta Representation Office, given an overview of the EU and an insight into the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.  The presentation concluded with Julia Abid explaining some of the many examples of the benefits of being an EU citizen.

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EUROPE DAY Activities 2011

9th May - Europe Day Activities in Malta

The spectacular half-day activities started at 9:00am in St George's Square, Valletta, which was transformed into an interactive, educational, and colourful space where some 300 primary school children took part. The Europe Direct Centres, the Commissioner for Children, MEUSAC and voluntary organisations collaborated with the Commission Representation by manning their own respective stands.

A number of artists performed on stage in the square, including the Big Guggen Friends Band, the Msida Sea Scouts and Hungarian violinists to mark the current Hungarian Presidency of the EU. Animators, including stilt walkers and balloon modellers, entertained children and adults alike. Mr Lizard and Little Shrew engaged those present in a 30-minute puppet show on global warming.

Running parallel to the activities held at St George's Square, a parliamentary debate took place between secondary school students and serving Members of the Maltese Parliament in the House of Representatives. Students were selected following an essay competition open to all schools in Malta and Gozo.

9th May - Europe Day Activities in Gozo

The European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Office in Malta marked 9th May with a series of activities in in Gozo. Celebrated each year across the European Union, Europe Day marks the EU's birthday and focusses on the aspects of peace and unity brought about by 61 years of European integration.

Celebrations kicked off in Gozo on Saturday 30th April, with activities in St Francis Square, Victoria. Citizens partook in the festivities and a mixture of Gozitan talent came to the fore with the participation of the Schools of Drama, Music and Art, the Boy Scouts and the Aurora and Astra folk groups.

The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs John Dalli, Mr William Martin, Head of the European Commission Representation and Dr Julian Vassallo, Head of the European Parliament Office were present for the activities. 

At the Gozo Stadium in Xewkija on Saturday 30th April, the 5th edition of the European Parliament Football Festival took place during the course of the morning. A public event for families organised in collaboration with the Gozo Football Association, the festival included the participation of Under-12 football nurseries in Gozo and a selection of nurseries from Malta.nurseries in Gozo and a selection of nurseries from Malta.

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Photos courtesy of Ray Attard

ELAICH visit Europe House

On the 28th April, the young participants in the ELAICH project visited the premises of the EU Commission Representation in Malta in their recently restored and converted historic house in Valletta. The group included 16 students from the Junior College, accompanied by Prof. JoAnn Cassar and Ms Roberta De Angelis from the Department of the Built Heritage, Faculty for the Built Environment (University of Malta). The students were welcomed by Ms Carine Arpa (Communication Officer) who gave the students some background on the EU in general, including information on job opportunities within the EU. The students were also addressed by Mr William Martin (former Head of Representation), who spoke of his first experience working with a multinational group students when he was the same age as the visiting students.

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ELAICH is an EU-funded Euromed Heritage IV project, in which the Department of the Built Heritage shares the role of partner with academic institutions in Israel (Technion) – project co-ordinator – Italy (Ca’ Foscari University), Belgium (University of Antwerp) and Greece (National Technical University of Athens). The objective of ELAICH is to raise awareness on cultural heritage – in particular built heritage – and its conservation. The core of the project in Malta is a 35-hour course, which is taking place in close collaboration with the Department of Systems of Knowledge of the Junior College. The course started on the 9th February and will end in May. It offers a taste of what conservation of cultural heritage entails through interactive sessions in class, site visits and hands-on sessions at a real heritage site – the Old Parish Church of Siġġiewi. The course also includes activities meant to stimulate the interest of youth and their creativity. Local and foreign specialists from all ELAICH partner countries lead the different course sessions.

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 For more information about the ELAICH project visit

European Week of Sustainable Energy

On 14th April 2011, pupils of St. Ignatius College in Handaq, Qormi proudly displayed their half yearly physics projects as part of the European Week of Sustainable Energy.  Mr. William Martin, Head of Representation was invited by the Head of School to present prizes and deliver a speech to teachers and students.

The physics project required students to make a model which shows how renewable energy sources can be used.  Mr. Martin was given a tour of the various models by Head of School Mr. Carmel Micallef and Mr. Michael Spagnol, Teacher of Physics, which included a solar water heater, wind turbine, solar cooker, solar chimney, biomass generator, solar boat, hydroelectric generator to name a few.  Mr. Micallef and Mr. Martin went on to congratulate all students for their superb efforts and present prizes to the winners of the best 3 models.  In his address to the students, Mr. Martin congratulated all on the high level of work achieved, the valuable experiences learned through achieving the end result and the valuable quality time spent on the project with the help of family members.  Mr. Martin urged the students not to stop now but to take with them the experience gained from the project by speaking to parents in an effort to improve energy efficiency within their homes.  Valuable lessons learned during the course of the project may continue to be developed.

Light refreshments were served giving an opportunity for the students to  discuss their models and describe how they were constructed to their guest, Mr. Martin.

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Media Desk Malta - Logo

New information has been uploaded on the MEDIA Desk website.

You can browse through the latest news from the audiovisual world, take note of upcoming events and take part in exciting training opportunities supported by the MEDIA Programme.

Dr. Angelo Chetcuti, Press/Political Officer addresses the students

University students attend EU presentation at Europe House

On Monday 28th February a group of MA students together with the Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, Professor Ronald G. Sultana, visited the Representation and were given a three hour presentation about the EU.

The presentation was given by Dr Angelo Chetcuti, Press Officer at the Representation who explained the historical development of the EU, described the role and functions of its main institutions, and explained the key treaties.

Mr Brian Buhagiar, DGT official at the Representation gave a presentation about the contribution of the European Commission to The Bologna Process. The students and Prof. Sultana added to the value of the presentation through their interventions and questions.

A selection of EU related publications were distributed to the participants.

A Visit to the European Commission - EU-Factory Pilot Projects 2010 – 2011

Experience Europe!

The European Commission recently launched a pilot project - 'The EU Factory' - for enthusiastic Europeans from the 27 Member States aged 13 to 14 years, providing them with the opportunity to exchange experiences, practice their language skills and learn different aspects of the EU.

Organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, 25 Maltese students from both state and non-state schools were successfully chosen to participate in the first pilot visit to Brussels on the 13th and 14th January 2011. During their visit, the Maltese students visited the 'factory' and through different workshops they learned about the European Union (past, present and future), how it started and how it works. Students 'actively experienced Europe' and experienced the diversity by working together with pupils from Portugal in fun team building exercises.

"Thank you for a well organised day of activities at the EU Factory workshop. The pupils enjoyed themselves moving from one station of activity to another and had a good time engaging themselves in hands-on sessions. Meeting and mixing with their Portuguese counterparts was an exciting experience. The animators were very well prepared and managed to keep the students interested throughout the whole range of activities." Saviour Saliba, Group Leader

"Esperjenza meraviljuża! Kellna l-opportunità unika biex immorru fil-Kummissjoni Ewropea... stajna niddiskutu l-futur Ewropew għalina u għal uliedna." Danica Ann Cassar

"Kienet esperjenza edukattiva u interessanti ħafna". Maria Mizzi

"Tgħallimt ħafna fuq l-istorja tal-Unjoni Ewropea". James Brincat

"Tgħallimna fuq il-kulturi tal-Portugall u ftit fuq il-lingwa tagħhom ukoll". Keith Borg

"What an experience this was for all of us. Students were given the opportunity to become familiar with the EU in a very friendly and interactive way. Now that the impact the EU has on our daily lives has become very visible, this workshop helped our youngsters to become more aware of the importance of European cooperation and to encourage them to have an opinion about it. Through the hands-on activities, our students could feel and see how it all works. It was very enriching and enjoyable. One could see it from the enthusiasm shown on our teenagers' faces. Thank you for the opportunity". Marvic Psaila

Citizens' Fair

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