Reference Number: PR0751, Press Release Issue Date: Apr 22, 2013
The Ambassador of Malta to Germany, H.E. Mr. Karl Xuereb recently visited the Hanseatic city of Bremen for official meetings with the State Government of Bremen. During his visit the Ambassador was accompanied by the Honorary Consul-General of Malta in Bremen and Lower Saxony, Dr. Thomas Stöcker. 
Ambassador Xuereb was welcomed at the premises of the State Government of Bremen by the Senator (Minister) for Economic Affairs, Mr. Martin Günthner. The two exchanged views on relations between Malta and the State of Bremen with regard to investment and tourism flows, possible joint projects and underscored the importance of the maritime sector to both Malta and Bremen. The European Maritime Days, a conference which will take place in Malta later this year, was also a point of discussion. A delegation from Bremen led by Senator Günthner will visit Malta for this occasion. Following Malta, the next European Maritime Days conference will be held in Bremen in 2014.
In the evening the Ambassador Xuereb attended a concert conducted by Maltese national Charles Olivieri-Munroe at the ‘Glocke’, a well known venue for cultural events in Bremen. After the event the Ambassador met with the conductor Olivieri-Munroe and the orchestra’s general administrator, Christian Kötter-Lixfeld.
The Ambassador also paid an official visit to the Malta Centre at the University of Bremen and met with Prof. Dr. Thomas Stolz, the head of the Malta-Centre. During the visit Professor Stolz gave a presentation of the objectives and functions of the Centre and its achievements to date. The centre serves as an information hub for scholars interested in the Maltese language and promotes Maltese Linguistics as an independent scholarly discipline within the University of Bremen and beyond. It also houses a rapidly growing library currently offering more than 600 books in the Maltese language. The Professor explained that the number of students opting for credits which include the Maltese language is on the increase. The Malta-Centre is a joint project between the University of Malta and the University of Bremen. It is expected to be officially inaugurated in 2014.
The Ambassador also took the opportunity to discuss the planned lecture on the Maltese Language, to be delivered by Professor Stoltz in Berlin on 24 April, organised by the Embassy of Malta in Berlin and funded by the Cultural Diplomacy Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.