Ambassador Vanni Xuereb Rhineland-Pfalz State Secretary Heike Raab discuss collaboration in the educational sector, tourism and COVID-19

Ambassador Vanni Xuereb Rhineland-Pfalz State Secretary Heike Raab discuss collaboration in the educational sector, tourism and COVID-19

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 07, 2021
 
On October 6, 2021, the Ambassador of Malta to the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Vanni Xuereb, met the Secretary of State and Plenipotentiary of Rhineland-Palatinate for Federal and European Affairs and Media, Heike Raab. The meeting took place at the Landesvretretung Rheinlandpfalz in Berlin.

Given the current politico situation in Germany, the formation of a new German Federal Government was discussed. Ambassador Xuereb highlighted the importance of the changes that may occur and the impact that they will eventually have, not only in Germany, but throughout the whole of the European Union.

The State Secretary referred to Rhineland Palatinate’s geographical position at the heart of Europe and so close to neighbouring countries, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. This proximity acts as a central link between Germany and EU institutions. Reference was also made to the devastating impact of the floods of July 2021 on the region that is now prompting a new approach to preparedness and infrastructure-planning in order to avoid similar disasters in the future. 

Ambassador Xuereb also spoke of Malta’s experience in dealing with COVID-19 and the success of the vaccination campaign as well as the strict measures adopted that have led to a situation where very few people are being treated in hospital and the number of new infections has been reduced significantly. 

State Secretary Raab and Ambassador Xuereb also discussed the importance of tourism for both Malta and Rhineland Palatinate. The State Secretary expressed her interest in promoting tourism through the educational sector by encouraging schools and other educational institutions in both Malta and Rhineland Palatinate to establish contact for eventual exchange programmes. Currently, only three Maltese students are studying in Rhineland Palatinate. The State Secretary and Ambassador Xuereb agreed that this is an area for mutual collaboration which they would pursue in the coming months.

Ambassador Xuereb was accompanied by Rose-Ann Buhagiar, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malta. State Secretary Raab was accompanied by Christina Wild from the European and International Cooperation Department of the Representation.

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