Fl-2000 kienet tlaqqgħet l-Konvenzjoni tal-Mexxejja tal-Assocjazzjonijiet tal-Maltin ta’ barra u ta’ dixxendenza Maltija organizzata mill-Ministeru tal-Affarijiet Barranin u l-Kummissjoni Emigranti. Il-proposti u l-konklużjonijiet ta’ din il-Konvenzjoni kienu dawn:
1a. That the Government and people of Malta embrace the concept of a greater Malta to include Maltese resident overseas.
b. That the Government of Malta should develop legislation, policies and programmes to affirm the Greater Malta concept and that all subsequent legislation should be complaint with this concept.
2. That the Ministry of Foreign Affairs establishes a Secretariat without its portfolio to represent the interest of Maltese abroad.
3. That this convention supports the initiative of the Emigrants Commission to establish a Migration Museum and its recommendations that the Maltese Government resources it appropriately.
4. That the history of migration and its impact on our national heritage be introduced as an integral part of the education curriculum at all levels.
5. That the Department of Foreign Affairs be responsible for organizing a conference in Malta for the Maltese living abroad on a four-yearly basis.
Language, Heritage and Culture
6a. That the Maltese Government institute a programme to enable Maltese teachers of Maltese to travel within Greater Malta to assist with the teaching of Maltese.
b. This convention urges the strengthening and continuance of existing distance learning programmes to facilitate the learning of Maltese language, Literature, history, heritage and culture by Maltese abroad.
c. That specially designed courses in Maltese language, literature, history, heritage and culture be established for the Maltese-origin visitors and other interested parties.
7a. That student exchange programmes be established, strengthened and extended.
b. That regular sponsorship or specialist speakers, performers, writers, artists, craftspeople and sportspeople to and from Malta be planned as part of the promotion of Maltese origin talent.
c. That bursaries be established to enable students of Maltese who, live abroad to study Maltese language and culture in Malta.
8. That resources be made available for the establishment and /or extension of existing collections of Melitensia in Maltese community library overseas.
9. That publications and programmes related to Maltese literature include the works of those living overseas.
10a. That the Malta Tourism Authority make available to Maltese communities overseas a catalogue of materials produced in Malta and overseas about the Islands for the purpose of advertising Maltese culture and heritage.
b. That the Malta Tourism Authority sponsor projects put up by Maltese living overseas to promote Malta.
11. That officially recognized Maltese schools and Maltese classes outside of Malta should be regarded as an extension of the Maltese educational system for the purposes of recourse allocation.
12. That the Ministry of Culture’s “Directory of Maltese Artists” be extended to include Maltese artists living overseas.
13. That the Maltese Government establish an Institute of Maltese Language, literature, heritage, history and culture overseas.
14. That the Corporate and sector subsidise flights to Malta for students of Maltese language and culture who are living abroad.
15. That special arrangements be made to facilitate the entry and accommodation in Malta of elderly Maltese living overseas.
16. That Maltese language and Malta-content audio, visual, Braille and other resources are made available to Maltese elderly living abroad.
17. That the Government of Malta take steps to arrange for a portability of pensions of Maltese Living overseas in countries where this is not currently in place.
18. That Maltese communities living overseas lobby on behalf of the Maltese elderly so that they receive culturally and socially appropriate services from their local authorities.
The Electronic Media (including the Public Broadcasting Services)
19. That radio and TV services produced in Malta be extended in length, content and relevance and transmitted speedily to the Maltese abroad so that they are available to all community stations in Greater Malta.
20. That the convention delegates express their gratitude and whole hearted support for the latest changes enacted by the Government to amend the Maltese Citizenship Act, Cap 188. The convention urges that Dual Citizenship legislation continue to evolve so that children born before 1989 of a Maltese mother may become eligible for automatic citizenship without the need to apply for this and thus forfeiting the citizenship of their country of birth. The convention further urges that Dual Citizenship issues remain on the legislative agenda until dual citizenship becomes the right of all persons of Maltese ancestry irrespective of where they reside.
21. That the Government ensure that sufficient human resources and other support be given to the Department of Citizenship of Expatriate Affairs of the Office of the Prime Minister, to the Maltese Consular Offices and to High Commissions to ensure that citizenship applications are handled expeditiously.
22. That the church hierarchy of Malta and Gozo should exercise awareness of and involvement in the needs of Maltese living in Greater Malta:
a. generating enthusiasm in the young clergy working among Maltese abroad;
b. offering and enhancing opportunities to newly ordained priests to gain their pastoral experience for 1 or 2 years among Maltese abroad;
c. introducing an agenda item on planning to strengthen religious guidance and support in Greater Malta during the current Synod in the Archdiocese.
Il-Konvenzjoni kienet ukoll iddecidiet li twaqqaf Federazzjoni tal-Maltin ta’ barra:
Establishment by the Convention of a Federation of Maltese Abroad
The convention has established an International Federation of Maltese Abroad with the purpose of:
A: ensuring unity among Maltese living in various countries;
B: following up recommendations of the convention to ensure they come to fruition;
C: acting as an advocate and lobbyist on behalf of Maltese abroad and;
D: ensuring effective and regular communication among Maltese living abroad.
1: Each delegation (by country) has nominated 1 representative for the Committee of the Federation.
2: The delegates from each country are to select a Chair and a Secretary.
3: Each country represented on the Committee is to have one vote.
4: Within 6 months of the establishment of the Federation, a statement of purpose for the Federation is to be finalized.
5: The Assembled Delegates appointed the following office bearers:
Australia: Dr Stephen Gatt
Canada: Mr. Milo Vassallo
New Zealand: Dr Carmen Dalli
U.K.: Mr. Bernard Scerri
U.S.A.: Mr. Frank Asphar
6: The Federation will be open to individuals, associations, community councils, Government and para-statal organizations and other bodies or groups of Maltese overseas.
7: The Federation will be apolitical, non-profit organization based on equal opportunity principles.
8: The Federation will liaise with the Emigrants’ Commission and Government agencies with responsibilities for Maltese abroad.