Monday, 21st August 2017

Administration

The German-Maltese Circle is managed by an Executive Committee consisting of eleven members. The election by ballot of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and of six members takes place annually in January.  Another post is reserved for a representative of Corporate Members. An official in charge of the German language courses is also co-opted within the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee takes charge as from the first day it is elected and remains in office until the next election takes place. Unless or otherwise stipulated in the Articles of Association, all paid-up members of the German-Maltese Circle can be nominated for election to the Executive Committee. Vacancies in the Committee during the year are filled by the members who at the last election polled the highest number of votes among those who failed to get elected, in the absence of which the Executive Committee has the right to co-opt any other eligible member.

The Executive Committee of the German-Maltese Circle:

Hon. Patron: H.E. Ms Gudrun Sräga (Ambassador of Germany to Malta)
Honorary Presidents: Dr Albert Friggieri and Mrs Ingrid Kidder
President: Ing. Arthur Ciantar
Vice President: Mr Simon Alden
General Secretary: Mr Victor H Sammut
Asst.Secretary: Mr Manwel Farrugia
Treasurer: Mr Carmel Azzopardi
Asst. Treasurer: Mr Omar Grech
Officer i.c. Courses: Ms Claire Scicluna
Corporate Members Representative: Mr Bernd Ritschel
Members: Mr Ruben Cuschieri, Mr Victor P. Pace, Ms Sirka Vella-Facklam

General Meetings

The Articles of Association provide for the convening of an Annual General Meeting of all paid-up members of the German-Maltese Circle to be held in January. The business of this Annual General Meeting includes inter alia the election of the officials and of the members which would form the Executive Committee.

Extraordinary General Meetings during the year can be called by the Executive Committee or by members of the German-Maltese Circle acting in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association.

Profiles

President: Ing. Arthur Ciantar

President: Arthur CiantarBorn in 1962. Secondary education at De La Salle College. Tertiary Education at the University of Malta from where he graduated in 1987 as Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) specialising in Power Systems. Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK) and registered as a Chartered Engineer. Employed with Medelec Switchgear Ltd, a company having strong ties with the Schneider Electric and Alstom Engineering Groups, manufacturing Medium and High Voltage Switchgear systems. Between 1999 and 2005 appointed to sit on the Board of Directors of Enemalta Corporation. He is also an active member in engineering associations in Malta, and has a particular interest in the promotion and development of cultural, industrial and commercial ties with Germany. Married to Anita neé Ferro with two daughters, Jessica and Alison.

General Secretary: Mr Victor H. Sammut

General Secretary: Victor SammutBorn in 1946. Secondary education at The Lyceum. Tertiary education at the University of Malta from where he graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. Married to Doreen with two children, Herbert and Annabel. Joined the Customs Department in 1969 from where he retired from his position as Head of the Customs Laboratory in 2007. General Secretary of the German-Maltese Circle since 1972. Decorated in 1990 by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Freiherr Richard von Weizsäcker with the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande. In 2000, decorated by the Federal President Johannes Rau with the Bundesverdienstkreuz Erste Klasse for his outstanding contribution in the promotion of German – Maltese relations.

Treasurer: Mr Carmel Azzopardi

Treasurer: Carmel AzzopardiBorn in 1951. Secondary education at the St Joseph Technical School. Apprentice at the Malta Drydocks (1967-1971). Attended the Malta College of Art, Science & Technology obtaining the Higher Technician Diploma. Until 1974 worked as a fitter on board ships. In 1975, awarded a Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft scholarship qualifying as Diplom Ingenieur in Shipbuilding and as welding Engineer. Between 1986 and 1995, surveyor with the Norwegian Classification Society (Det Norske Veritas). Obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Malta. Since 1996, teacher of mechanical engineering subjects. For many years a member of the German-Maltese Circle serving also in the Executive Committee.

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Contact Us

Messina Palace, 141 Triq San Kristofru,
Valletta VLT1465, Malta
(+356) 2124 6967

Membership

Permanent and temporary residents in Malta of German or Maltese nationality, not below the age of 18 years of age are eligible for membership to the German-Maltese Circle. Bona fide students between the ages of 14 and 18 are accepted as Junior Members.

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Activities

Dance Performance "Open Waters"

The German-Maltese Circle organises various activities such as exhibitions, film shows, cultural tours, forums, lectures, seminars, concerts, choral performances by visiting German choirs, chanson evenings, social and sports events and in fact, anything which helps to make especially the Maltese public more conscious of German culture and the German way of life.

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Library

Section of the Dorothea von Wendland Library

The Library at the German-Maltese Circle is named after Dorothea von Wendland, the wife of a former German Ambassador, who in the early 1970’s was instrumental in the setting up of a lending and reference library in the former premises of the Circle in Floriana.

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Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Image of Coffee and Croissant

Entering through the elegant entrance hall of Messina Palace and situated in a converted arched inner yard is the Circle’s Restaurant & Coffee Shop where patrons gather in informal and cosy surroundings for a coffee break, a lunch or just a quick snack.

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