Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta
Address: Palazzo Parisio Merchants Street, Valletta. VLT 1170
Minster for Foreign Affairs
Minister George Vella started his parliamentary career within the Labour Party in 1978. He was subsequently elected Member of Parliament at the general elections held in 1981, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, when he was re-appointed as Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
From 1978 to 1987, Vella served as Leader of the Malta Delegation to the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Between January and May 1987, he was appointed as Malta's Permanent Representative at the Council of Europe. In 1992, he was elected as the Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs and spokesperson of the Opposition on Foreign Affairs. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Malta/EU Joint Parliamentary Committee.
In 1995 and 1996, Vella was a member of the House Business Committee and the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee. During his political career, he led many delegations abroad and attended numerous conferences and seminars, delivering speeches, mostly on foreign affairs issues, in most European capitals.
Dr Vella was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Environment in October 1996, a position which he kept up to the 1998 general elections.
Dr Vella has been awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of Honour by the Hellenic Republic and the Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensis by the Sovereign Military Hospitallier Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.
Malta’s Foreign Policy is to focus on and consolidate its vocation and commitment in the search for international peace and security, political dialogue and cooperation. Malta continues to participate actively in the work and activities of the European Union as well as those of international and regional organisations and institutions. At the same time, Malta seeks to enhance established political and economic relationships, strengthen others and promote new ones. Malta intends to give special attention to the Mediterranean dimension in its contribution to stability, peace and security in the region.
Role of the Ministry:
- Ensuring that Malta’s foreign policy objectives on European Union, bilateral, regional and global issues are pursued. The Ministry also coordinates the negotiation and conclusion of bilateral agreements.
- Ensuring active participation in the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
- Maintaining and enhancing Malta’s relations with international organizations, including the United Nations and its Agencies and the Commonwealth.
- Through Malta’s Overseas Development Policy, addressing poverty through development, targeting specific action areas such as climate change, ICT for development and democratization.
- Participating in election observations missions organized by the European Union and other international organizations.
- Ensuring active participation in regional fora and initiatives of direct relevance to the Mediterranean region, namely the Euro-Mediterranean Process, the European Neighborhood Policy, the Western Mediterranean and the Med Forum.
- Promoting the enhancement of dialogue between the EU and the Arab League through concrete initiatives.