Courtesy Call from the Ambassador of Greece to Malta

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, received a courtesy call from the Ambassador of Greece to Malta, H.E. Tasia Athanasiou.

The Ombudsman commenced the meeting by emphasising the productive working relationship between the Office of the Ombudsman in Malta and the Ombudsman in Greece. He expressed his respect for the current Greek Ombudsman, Dr Andreas Pottakis. Both Dr Pottakis and Judge Zammit McKeon collaborate closely on the Executive Board of the Association of the Mediterranean Ombudsman, where the Greek Ombudsman serves as President and the Maltese Ombudsman serves as Secretary General and Treasurer. The Executive Committee of the AOM met last week in The Hague, and it will meet again in September in Paphos, Cyprus. The two institutions regularly discuss and collaborate on matters of mutual interest as Mediterranean countries.

The Ambassador noted that both countries face similar challenges, particularly regarding migration and the integration of migrants into society, which often necessitates cultural adaptation. The Ombudsman highlighted the continuous outreach efforts of his office to communities in Malta, ensuring that the Office of the Ombudsman serves not only Maltese citizens but also other communities, offering assistance and guidance.

The discussion then addressed the current challenges facing Europe, regional conflicts, and the vital role of Ombudsman institutions in safeguarding individual rights. The Ombudsman underscored his efforts to establish a National Human Rights Institution in Malta. He stated that the Ombudsman institution promotes fairness, justice, and good governance. Additionally, the Office of the Ombudsman is actively involved in educating the public about their rights and civic duties, exemplified by the Students’ Talk initiative in secondary schools.

This meeting is part of a series of outreach meetings with the Diplomatic Corps of highly represented communities in Malta.

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