PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION: Investing in a #MediterraneanGeneration: Preparations underway for Malta’s participation in the Summit of the Two Shores

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, gave an overview of the preparations that have been ongoing with regards to Malta’s participation in the upcoming Summit of the Two Shores (Le Sommet des Deux Rives), which will take place in Marseille on 24th June 2019, on the initiative of French President Emanuel Macron.

This French initiative seeks to generate new momentum in the Western Mediterranean through an inclusive and open agenda that gives an important role to the region’s particularly active civil society. The summit will, in fact, consist of both a meeting of the Heads of State and Government and a regional dialogue with prominent civil society representatives.

Minister Abela said, Malta has always been a location of dialogue, tolerance, cooperation, trade, and exchange of cultures in the Mediterranean. This approach is not just a matter of consequence but is rooted in a strong and principled belief that peace, stability, and prosperity in the region represent Malta’s and the region’s vital interests. Hence, Malta has, over time, consistently supported any initiative that seeks to enhance collaboration in the region.

He added that Malta works hand in hand with Mediterranean organisations such the Union for the Mediterranean, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the 5+5 Dialogue, and the MED 7, and has always looked favourably upon collaboration on projects of clear and significant success when it comes to Euro-Mediterranean and Mediterranean issues.

On the 24th-25th April 2019, in Valletta, Malta will host one of the five regional civil society fora that are being organised in preparation for the Sommet des Deux Rives, focusing on ‘Youth, Education, and Mobility’. For each of the five fora, Malta will be represented by a man and a woman with Professor Simone Borg as the chef de file. This fits in perfectly with the vision of the government to give women every opportunity to engage in key leadership and decision-making roles.

Together with other personalities from the nine other Mediterranean countries, these participants will have the opportunity to propose a number of initiatives which will be presented to the Heads of State and Governments in Marseille for their endorsement. These will then be translated into real and tangible projects, continued Minister Abela.

The Malta Forum entitled, ‘Investing in a #MediterraneanGeneration’, will conceive innovative and scalable projects in the domain of youth, education and mobility which can be presented at the summit in Marseille. The Forum is being organised in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation, supported by the European Commission, and in association with two Swiss Universities (L’UniversitA� della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano and L’Institut de hautes etudes internationales et du developpement in Geneva); the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM); the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC); the Centre for Mediterranean integration (CMI); the World Bank (WB) Group, and Agenzija Zghazagh.

Following the completion of the five fora, the Maltese representatives will participate in L’Assemblee des Cent, where the ten participants from every 5+5 country, therefore in total hundred participants, will meet in Tunis, and there, they will present the conclusions of the five fora highlighting the main initiatives/proposals to be carried forward to Marseille for the second event. During the Sommet des Deux Rives – Forum de le Mediterranee, the Heads of States and Government of the countries of the 5+5 Dialogue, together with the EU and Germany and Mediterranean organisations (UfM and ALF), international organisations (WB, EBRD, EIB and OECD) and the 100 civil society representatives from the two shores of the Mediterranean, will meet to endorse the projects which will be carried forward in the five thematic areas in the Mediterranean.

Those interested to participate in the pre-Summit Forum in Malta, may send an email to s2r.mftp@gov.mt by no later than 17:15hrs of Friday, 12th April 2019 including a concise motivation letter, an updated CV and, preferably, a support letter from the CEO/Leader/Head of an appropriate entity/organisation relevant to the sectors covered by this forum.

Source: Government of Malta