Ambassador Friggieri hosts German-Maltese Association in Berlin

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Nov 05, 2014
The President of the German-Maltese Association, Mr Christian Launer, and Mrs Bettina Launer together with the committee and some members were guests of Ambassador Friggieri and Mrs Catherine Friggieri at their official residence in Berlin. In a short welcome address, Dr Friggieri referred to the three round anniversaries which Malta is celebrating this year. He explained the significance of Malta’s independence in 1964, the developments which led to the proclamation of the republic in 1974, and Malta’s role as a member of the European Union since 2004. Mr Launer informed the Ambassador about the association’s latest activities and its plans for the coming months. This was followed by a long discussion on various aspects of Maltese-German cultural relations and the work of the association. The Ambassador underlined the effectiveness of Mr Launer’s and his committee’s professional approach and thanked them for their outstanding contribution towards Maltese-German friendship.
The Association is a voluntary organisation financed by its members’ fees and private contributions. Its aims are to promote German-Maltese relations and strengthen the friendship between the two countries through cultural and social events. It publishes a quarterly newsletter with information about the latest developments in Malta, German-Maltese official and private contacts and articles of a scholarly nature, particularly on episodes and personalities that played an important role in the relations between the two countries. It organises cultural excursions and exhibitions by Maltese artists in Germany and participates in fairs and activities, sometimes with its own stand, providing information about Malta. The Association was set up at the end of the 1980s following contacts between Dr Albert Friggieri and the former mayor of the town of Adenau near Bonn, Bernd Schiffarth. The latter was the Association’s founding president and headed it for many years. The contacts also led to the first Maltese-German town twinning, between Mellieħa and Adenau.  
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