Author: Owen Bonnici

The European Union is often looked upon by international organisations as a beacon of hope and as a place where equality and the dignity of individuals is truly respected. LGBTIQ civil society organisations and European Union institutions have multiple times declared their stance on LGBTIQ equality. This has led to the European Commission, under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, to adopt the first-ever EU Strategy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Non-binary, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) equality in 2020, spearheaded by European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli. Yet, this advancement in human rights cannot be felt and enjoyed by…

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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. It is a clear, direct and fundamental truth which we recognise and stand by. However, structural discrimination, the devastation left by an international pandemic and a concerning rise of right-wing politics in Europe leave us far from full and true equality in our day-to-day lives. Being entrusted with such a crucial portfolio at this time is therefore not just an immense honour, for which I am grateful, but also a challenge, which I welcome wholeheartedly. It is our utmost determination as a government to build on our already…

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It is said that the path to success is to take massive, determined action. When the steering group tasked with the drawing up of a post-pandemic strategy for Malta started its work last January, it was clear from the start that they wanted to propose to the country a dynamic way forward with a determination to make a difference. They worked hard and with an eagerness to deliver the best possible vision for our country as we are firmly looking ahead towards the future in a changed, post-pandemic world. The strategy published last Wednesday evaluates and acts on such changes…

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