The Federal Foreign Office of Germany with further investment in the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jan 10, 2020


Today, an agreement was signed between Ambassador Walter Haßmann, on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and Professor Godfrey Pirotta, Chairperson of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta seeing further investment in the Academy. This will also see the continuation of a German Chairperson for Peace Studies and Conflict Prevention at MEDAC, confirming Germany’s interest in the Mediterranean Region.

 The agreement was signed in the presence of Hon. Carmelo Abela, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion at the Ministry’s building in Valletta. The Minister proudly said that in the last 30 years of MEDAC establishment, students from 31 countries have benefitted from scholarships offered by MEDAC; 35% from Europe, 23% from North Africa and 25% from the Middle East. He said that this affirms the importance of MEDAC in training diplomats, not just for Malta, but also for countries in the Mediterranean and beyond. Today many alumni now occupy high positions in national governments and regional, as well as international institutions.

Speaking on the signed agreement, Abela said that this acknowledges the strong relations that currently exist between Malta and Germany. In the words of the Minister “cooperation on MEDAC is a small but important part of this extensive relationship”.  The Minister added that this reaffirms that that both Malta and Germany recognize the vital importance of the region especially with regards to the latest political developments and the need for strong, co-operative Euro-Mediterranean relations.

“In these challenging times, MEDAC, remains a unique and indispensable institution in the region for today and tomorrow promoting equality, democracy and fighting poverty”, concluded Hon. Abela, whilst reiterating the Government’s support for MEDAC to look forward and reach new heights seeing the quality of its training and its people both in terms of academic trainers and students.