PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT Active Dialogue on Cultural Heritage for the Future of Europe Conference held in ?al Safi

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici opened the Active Dialogue on Cultural Heritage for the Future Europe conference, which was organised and held by the Hal Safi Local Council. This conference is the 5th one in relation to the project, and forms part of the Europe for Citizens’ Programme.

Speaking at the conference, Minister Owen Bonnici highlighted this government’s work to further strengthen our cultural heritage. He outlined numerous initiatives in relation to the matter, and said that through our work, we strive to create and maintain initiatives of high-quality which continue to contribute to our country’s cultural sector in the way that they are available to our society. We are also working to further enhance our local cultural product, as we steadily are becoming an all-round cultural destination which captures the eye of many visitors.

The Minister referred to the numerous ongoing restoration projects and cited the Local Council Restoration work scheme, which is now in its 5th year and has seen to the restoration of various chapels, niches and significant monuments. Through carefully planned strategies, we have successfully executed quite a large number of restoration projects throughout several localities, restoring these unique monuments to their former glory.

Minister Owen Bonnici also mentioned the Heritage Malta Passport Scheme both for students and for senior citizens, and said that, through this successful initiative, people are becoming more appreciative and aware of their heritage, whilst also encouraging our young ones to visit and learn about our history and culture.

The other conferences were organised in Sicily, Spain, Germany and Hungary with the active participation of 15 municipalities and European organisations to engage in creating more awareness on cultural heritage.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister