Ambassador of Malta visits the Representation of the German Federal State of Lower Saxony in Berlin
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Ambassador of Malta visits the Representation of the German Federal State of Lower Saxony in Berlin

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 27, 2022
 

On May 24, the Ambassador of Malta to Germany, Vanni Xuereb, visited the Representation of the German Federal State of Lower Saxony in Berlin where he met the Head of the Representation, Johannes Sturm.


The meeting started off with a discussion on the present challenges brought about by Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine which not only caused a sudden influx of refugees in other countries, including Malta, but have also led to the displacement of millions of citizens internally. Mr Sturm noted that such moves had become almost inconceivable to many European policymakers, resulting in many countries being caught off-guard. Ambassador Xuereb referred to the application by Sweden and Finland to join NATO and explained Malta’s neutrality and its continued relevance in the current circumstances.


The economic effects of the war with soaring energy prices and record inflation levels were also touched upon. Ambassador Xuereb explained how the Maltese Government  he government has reduced the duty tax on fuel to keep prices stable.


Ambassador Xuereb highlighted how in his speech when opening Malta’s newly elected Parliament, the President of Malta indicated that the government would focus on the environment in the new Legislature. Malta too had embarked on a roadmap to transition to renewable sources of energy within the coming years. Appreciating the fact that the State of Lower Saxony is renowned for being a “green energy” State, the Ambassador suggested that the two states could collaborate together in this particular field. Whilst noting the land limitations of the Maltese Islands, the State’s acquired expertise in this sector could help Malta overcome the challenges.


Tourism was also discussed with the Maltese Ambassador referring to the positive outlook for the upcoming Summer and that Malta remained a sought-after destination amongst German tourists who often chose the islands not solely for the good weather, but also for its rich culture, heritage and cuisine.


Migration was also touched upon. Mr Sturm commended Malta’s effective system in accommodating migrants despite its size and the large influx it experienced.