Malta Dental Technologists Association - News and Events

 

 

MDTA attended a new activity perspective entitled EIT Awareness Day on the 31 October 2018 at Explora Science Museum Bighi.


The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is set up to find solutions to such challenges, for example climate change, which in turn influences food, water, energy supply and Health. EIT addresses 8 Innovative Communities/sectors mainly:

Climate- to accelerate transition to a zero carbon economy

Digital- to improve Europe's digital transformation.

Food- for food innovation and production

Health- to give EU citizens better opportunities to enjoy a healthier and longer active life.

Energy- to a more sustainable future.

Raw Materials- to turn our dependence into a strategic strength.

Manufacturing - by increasing competitiveness of industries.

Urban mobility- to provide a better sustainable solution for urban mobility.


EIT provides initiatives for education, research, innovation and private enterprises. This activity therefore, can give access or other avenues and opportunities we may utilize in our educational development to a higher scientific level.

Amongst the introductory speakers, Miriam Dalli (Member of the European Parliament) focused on Public Health and the Environment stating EIT funded scientists to find better solutions  for a cleaner environment. She expressed that Malta needs more scientists for improved innovations.

The CEO, EIT Climate, Kristen Dunlop expressed the need to know what type of innovation is required in the EU to reform our policies and accelerate better solutions

Dr Elena Grech ( Head of European Commission Rep. in Malta) emphasized disseminating what is available and how to encourage and provide support to explore other innovative schemes.

Martin Kern EIT Director, noted that not enough is being done to back the mechanisms to create innovation. For example University studies and social economic demands need to synergise more. More importance must be given  to the 8 EIT themes by creating the right skills for such enterprises.

The activity helped the attendees interact with any of the Community speakers and came to an end in the early afternoon.

 

In June 2018, MDTA organised, for its members and fellow Registrants, a half-day CPD Seminar at the country side venue of Mount St Joseph Mosta.

After the introduction by the MDTA President, a program of various interesting topics, were presented by a list of specialised speakers, detailed below:

The MDTA aspires to hold such activities as a yearly event and looks forward to meeting all our colleagues next year.

 

Click HERE to watch the video

 

At a meeting held on Tuesday 15 May 2018, organised by the Council of Voluntary Sector (CVS) in coordination with the Ministry of Family & Social Solidarity, Members of MDTA can apply for European Social Fund programmes, with a maximum of five training days.

 

These training sponsorships offer opportunities abroad for:

  • Training courses
  • Job shadowing
  • Conferences/Seminars & workshops

Such programs must be related to support services for the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

 

Any Member interested (e.g. Dent. Technologists engaged at St Vincent De Paule Home, or any other similar relevance) may contact J Salomone Reynaud or Committee member for

further details.

March 2018.  MDTA Attended the MEUSAC event

Dear member

Whilst thanking you again for your participation during yesterday’s consultation session, you may find more information on the event by clicking here. There you may also find relevant documents which you can download.  As stated, we will be sending a report on the session in due time.

 Kind regards,

James

 

James Azzopardi

Executive

EU Policy and Legislation

 

meusac.gov.mt

   james.a.azzopardi@gov.mt     T  +356 2200 3313

A  280, Republic Street, Valletta, VLT1112 Malta

 


MDTA Secretary report.  2017

On the 23rd/24th Sept 2016, I attended the National Conference of the Voluntary Organisations. It was a very interesting event opening new perspectives to the Voluntary work in Malta and beyond.

I even explored the possibility of making use of further funds available by the M.C.V.O., but the majority of them asked for a secured substantial balance of monies in our bank account, to guarantee any failure in the assigned project, which for now does not apply to us, given the entity of our financial resources.

We have developed a very good relationship with chairman Mauro Parascandolo, that will serve us for future contacts and other issues including our annual application of the CSF.

Holding the position of Secretary General at FEPPD, I report the intensive work we have been up to in inputting our issues before the MDR officially was voted upon to become the new EU law concerning our sector.

A major change to the new Regulation is that now it will become mandatory that the C.O.C. be forwarded to the dental patient, differently to what was with the MDD that allowed the discretion of the dentist to pass on the said certificate to the end user.

This is a big victory to our category as now it will be possible for all dental device manufacturers to be known and recognised as the legal persons providing such services at the patient’s understanding.

FEPPD has been working on this issue at length, and following the presentation to the Commission of a specific Position Paper with MDTA’s direct input. It invoked the consumer right of the European patient to be aware of the manufacturer, materials used, and origin of the dental device he will be using. All this will give exposure to us as manufacturers of dental devices, and secures the patient as a consumer in general, likewise when he acquires any other service on a day to day basis across Europe. It will put an end to the dentist’s monopoly of claiming that dental devices services are exclusively theirs, giving us the rightful accreditation and recognition as the sole persons who have manufactured a custom made appliance for each and every patient.

The new Regulation will impose more transparency from us, as manufacturers in data collecting and forwarding it to an EU based data centre. A new independent office regulating such process will have powers to spot check such data collection. Manufacturers of custom made devices are required to review and document experience gained also in post production phase, and to report such cases to their authorities. Specifically, manufacturers need to report any incidents from the materials or design of the device if they posed a serious risk to public health. In many ways the MDR takes on from the MDD , only that  is tighter in the application, and as a new E.U. law has to be borne by all member states. As usual, the Dentist’s lobby is already trying to do away of the conditions imposed by the new regulation by wanting not to be compliant.  

ln the case of an  onlay or a crown to be executed within the surgery CAD/CAM facilities , they are claiming that such services fall under the restorative aspect offered in the dental clinic, even if an impression has been taken on an individual patient rendering it a custom made device for all intentions. FEPPD is contesting this abuse with the Commission, in the interest of the patient and for a level playing field to be equal to all dental device manufacturers.

We expect to be shortly contacted by our local competent authority as we were during the coming into force of the Professional Indemnity Insurance issue for a wider explanation of the Regulation. MDTA will be doing its part to inform local dental technologists of further changes and timeframes to be met as the new regulation prescribes.


September 2017

MDTA attended this year's IFD's annual general meeting in Quebec, Canada, to celebrate the 10th World Symposium on Denturism 2017 --an exchange forum aiming at promoting greater collaboration between the professional members of the Dental team.

It proved to be a very successful event and well attended. The activity guaranteed the development of the profession/spcialisation to the innovative and fast improvements in digital dentistry.

The whole event was spread over six days, starting from Sunday 24th Sept, with a welcome reception and ending on Saturday 30th Sept, after IFD's second day meeting, with the Gala Dinner.

The main programmed activities of course included the two day IFD, AGM with the three day Conference  introducing 13 different and interesting interventions by well known Lecturers and instructors on various topics and techniques.

During the IFD meetings, J Salomone Reynaud presented the Malta Report and the European Union Report on behalf of the IFD European Committee.

Hotel Mortagne  was the venue for this Symposium, which included several exhibit stands by many sponsoring agents, such as, Condular, Ivoclar, Densply, Implant Direct, Vita, Nobel Biocare, DR and many others



MDTA attended the MEUSAC meeting regarding elections for its Core Group members for the next two years.  It was held on the 14th Sept 2017, at Dar L-Ewropa, St Paul's Str. Valletta.

There were 7 nominees representing three sections of Civil Society's  interests.  After the voting procedures by all the attendees:

Mr Saviour Baldacchino (Chamber of Engineers) was elected from section 1 on Agriculture, Enviroment, Fishing, Transport, Telecommunications and Energy.

Mr. W.Spiteri Bailey (Institute of Accountants) was selected from section 2 re Competition, Consumer Affairs, and Financial & Economic Affairs.

Mr Michael Pullicino (Council for Youths) won section 3, which is mostly related to our interests in Health and Social Politics, Education, Culture & Sport, Justice &

Internal Affairs.


Following the election results, a short reception was held and all nominees and attendees were acknowledged for the enhancement of Civil Society Organisations

and their contribution to National affairs.

 

Dear Members,

 The MDTA President and Committee members, wish to extend to all of you and your loved ones, joyful Christmas greetings and a Happy New 2017.

May you all enjoy these festivities serenely in order to project ourselves to another successful year both in our profession and other personal  goals.


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Mid term News from MDTA.


Funding.


MDTA has for another successive year managed to obtain funding from the Civil Society Funds Scheme in order to sustain its European membership within FEPPD. This will help us keep membership with our european peers without impinging on our finances.


Prospected CPD program.


MDTA has for the last months been working alongside LUDES, a Swiss based educational entity in the field of dentistry and dental technology, which has been licensed to operate in Malta. 

Through their extensive interest in our subject, they are not only prospecting to offer courses concerning our profession, but have also committed themselves to offer free CPD's in specialised subjects in the coming months.

MDTA is also in contact with another organisation for the purpose of offering  you members, CPD's in an online format. Discussions are still ongoing and we will advise you accordingly at the time of such presentations.


First Allied Health Care Conference.


MDTA attended the first Allied Health Care Conference which turned out to be a very interesting one, and hopefully will become a yearly appointment for our category of professionals. Attached please find the Newsletter referring to all activities pertaining to Allied Health care and the Conference itself.


MDTA as a Professional Body.


MDTA has been working to acquire such recognition for our profession for these last years, and recently has concluded the formal application, awaiting a positive outcome.

Hopefully, should such status be achieved, this would be another milestone in the history of MDTA ,of achievements to the benefit of our profession and status.


Regards,


Pierre Zammit,

MDTA Secretary.      



Through a formal invitation, MDTA attended a Breakfast meeting on the 1st December, entitled 'Can a High Level of Health Care be sustained'. The Hon. Chris Fearne was the first to address all attendee Officials.

The Minister indicated that 520 million euros will be the budget for 2017. Dr Fearne expressed that it costs the Government 1000 euros per capita a year and therefore we have to find means of sustaining this expense. He than focused on the VISION of the Department for the next few years to control and sustain our free Health Services.

Malta's Medical Human resources are excellent and the Government intends to provide a service that matches this level of excellence. The Minister continued that Malta wants to attract more foreign patients, encourage foreign Investors eg. Vitals Global Health care, which now runs SLH, Karin Grech and GGH. These will offer free NHS services for the Maltese and Private services for their customers. It was also time to expand and improve on Research facilities and to direct Malta as a centre in Medical teaching/training. The Ministry similarly encourages other accredited Universities to come to Malta together with famous Agents eg Siemens to provide Medical equipment.

The Minister than referred to some problems they have been dealing with-- waiting lists, out-of-stock Medicines, overcrowding halls and Emergency's over demand challenges. Most of these have been dealt with. New Health centres were opened in Kirkop and Paola and others are due.

After the Minister's introduction, a Panel, including MAM President, the Chief Pharmacist, Head of Control procurement and MDH CEO were invited, to give their interventions and address any questions from the floor. The Minister intervened on several queries.



MDTA attended a morning Seminar, organised by MEUSAC, on Saturday 26th November 2016, at the University premises Valletta.

The activity focused on the various projects and programmes available through Erasmus +. It presented case studies and workshops

guiding applicants on step by step criteria on how to initiate such projects with reference to example:

  • What kind of activities are supported
  • Who can apply and when to apply
  • What are the benefits and costs
  • What are the time frames

These programmes must involve partners,local or overseas, involving at least three States, EU and/or otherwise. Attendees were updated with various opportunities for programmes, of particular interest was that regarding, training and education  in the field of Higher Education.


Following an invitation from the Department of Health, the MDTA representativesattended a National Conference for 'NGOs participation in the Health Sector' on the 19th Sept 2016.

This was the first of its kind and turned out to be successful. The panel composed of Paula Vassallo (Public Health) and Dr. Antonella Sammut (Health Promotion). 

 The Hon.Minister Dr Chris Fearne, gave an introductory speech on this new initiative and its aim to enhance better cooperation between NGOs and the Department. After several interventions from the floor the Minister than concluded in response to all or most of the queries.

 

The activity was well attended by numerous NGOs representing various sectors of the Public, patients, Allied Health Professions, Medical Professions, Specialists and others.

 

Our Association has two concerns, namely:

i)                   Professional Body

ii)                CPCM representative

Which were subsequently submitted in writing by mail and we look forward for further collaboration with similar events, in the near future.


The MDTA attended a Public Meeting with Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary for European Affairs on August 4th in Valletta.


Mr Gozi explained that there is not enough Mutual Trust between the Member States and this has to be improved.  The hardest challenge is finding better and more concrete solutions for the "Populist fear"


Dr Vanni Xuereb than referred to Mr Gozi and asked why he was so optimistic about the EU. In reply, Mr Cozi stated he was determined not optimistic and there are still concerns on the immigration issues and the situation in Turkey.

The EU's priorities must continue to be to establish the 3  common values of Freedom-quality of life and Democracy, focusing on the 19 Euro zone States.


On the matter of Brexit, this, he stated, must help the EU to proceed more efficiently the implementation of our common values


With reference on the query of 'reconciliation' as a solution, Mr Cozi expressed that Europe is reconciliation. The EU turned borders into common areas and values. Their image is a United States of Europe and we have to think and work out on how to achieve this: eg Islam to be referred to in the Constitutional values. We must keep in mind that ISIS want to wage war against all Islamists ad Christians. This will be our reconciliation.


Querying  referendums, Mr Cozi said that they should only be applied to fundamental issues. EU has to learn how to handle Social Media which can distort the truth as experienced in the UK


 

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the MDTA was invited to attend a round table meeting with the Hon. Minister of Health Dr. Chris Fearne and the EU Commissioner of Health Dr Andriukaitis. 

Only 16 representatives were invited so we can consider it as an honour to be one of the main Organisations to be granted an opportunity to make an intervention.


The MDTA in brief, presented three main issues to the Minister and Commissioner, the first concern being addressed to mainly Dr Chris Fearne:

  • Recognition of MDTA to be listed as a Professional Body within the 4th Schedule of the Health Care Act
  • Our deep concerns and CPCM's problems of Applicants for Registration as Dental Technologists.
  • Regulation of Denturists in Malta and the EU with reference to MDTA's Legal Application

Dr. Fearne assured us that he will look into our application as a Professional Body within the Health Care Act.  While Dr Andriukatis indicated that National Authorities regulate Health Professions, encouraged more discussions

with stakeholders, and deeply understands our concerns of better opportunities within the Profession of dental technology.


In the afternoon I attended a Social Dialogue and addressed again Dr Andriukaitis who respnded very positively towards our issues indicating he will do his best to help our cause.

Further details can be notified in our next Committee meeting.



The MDTA attended two activities, organised by MEUSAC & Ministry for Social Dialogue,Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, held on the 11th and 12th Jan. 2016 respectively.


The Public Dialogue, held on the 11th January, was headed by the Council of EU which works in conjunction with the European Commission and E. Parliament.

This Council is now lead by a trio Presidency from Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.


  • Mr Vanni Xuereb (Head Meusac) gave his introductory remarks indicating that Malta's Presidency commences in Jan 2017. He expressed the main aims of the EU in relation to job creation for the younger generation, competition, Justice for the Citizen and the EU's purpose for Dialogues to be closer to Society.
  • Minister Helena Dalli expressed the importance of these Public Dialogues for citizens to absorb information-discuss and be aware of the citezens' interests. She congratulated Holland,on its 12th appointment unlike Slovakia and Malta who will experience their first Presidency. Our Government, through Meusac, has the task to promote Malta's Presidency.
  • The Secretary General for the Netherlands (Minister of foreign Affairs) presently holds the Chair of the Council. He gave an overview of what his Trio programme wants to achieve in the EU. He intends to address the challenges of climate change and its effective implications for energy production. The three main issues they will work on are: i) migration and border security. ii) Job creation, simplifying regulation and better support to SME. iii) Economic growth and stronger harmonisation in future finance policies.
  • State Secretary of Slovakia (Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Slovakia), referred how Public Dialogues worked in Slovakia and are publicised by inviting all Media, involving NGOs', students and stakeholders. As a Trio they discussed a strong programme. The Presidency is important as it is supported by the E.Parliament and E. Commission to provide the Citizen better rights and acknowledgement. He aims to focus on reviewing the fiscal framework to improve proportionate budgetary, encourage digital expansion expand energy dependency and the Legal Migration organisation.

Questions from the floor followed which addressed:

Pensioners' concerns, Health and Diabetes and whether the UK's present proposals hijack the EU Presidency or cause the EU to fall victim to their demands.


These queries were answered by the existing panel who mainly responded to the Health and UK query. Regarding Health,this is important however the Ministries will still work on the Presidency's agenda. The most challenging matter of the UK proposals is the fourth item related to free border movement and repercussions on the UK's Social Policy.


The second Conference of the 12th January---'From Rome to Lisbon and beyond' was held at the Auberge D'Aragon Valletta.

Dr. V.Xuereb (Head Meusac)- states that the EU always looks at he future for PEACE and SECURITY as their major priorities. However today Health, the environment and opportunities for all, is in the forefront, with a better focus on the needs and concerns of the CITIZEN.

The Hon.Minister H.Dalli, stated that from 2009 the EU faced several challenges to overcome the present crisis. During Malta's Presidency from January 2017 it will be the 60th Anniversary for the Presidency nominations.

Mr. Sandro Corsi (Secretary EU State) explained that the EU means security for the future of its citizens. Existing indifference and scepticism must be removed; and there needs to be a better VISION and more COURAGE to overcome these Social burdens, financial emergency and migration crisis.

We should enter a new Political Cycle to enhance GROWTH--innovation with institutional checks on progress and evaluation for the EU to function better. We must rebuild mutual trust between the people/citizens and the Authorities as unemployment is still too high;and the migration crisis has been going on too long with no feasible solution concluded.

Schengel means FREEDOM; it is now in a crisis and suspension of the Shengel Treaty is a negative sign in terms of freedom. He wants to end this Migration crisis by the end of 2017. He than went on to refer to the UK referendum. He interpreted this to be good for the European Union as it can provide opportunities to accommodate every States proposals. With discussions at different levels, flexibility and a compromised ambiance for all Member States, will show a positive nature in EU Policies.

We have to fight for the Security of our CIVIL RIGHTS.


The Latvian representative addressed the concerns of the younger generation. She stated that Erasmus programmes were only for University students and that we must find a better way to attract unemployed youngsters. This can help solve social inequalities and diversify opportunities. Investment for education for everyone is a priority.


The Maltese Representative referred to unemployment in the EU which was too high and decreasing too slow, unlike in the USA. We should engage onto a holistic approach ie more varied and not just a general status.. The EU must implement more than discuss over long periods. Their delivery must be efficient.


E.M.Parliament Dr. Roberts Metsola spoke on migration,solidarity and equal sharing. She explained that some M.States which do not experience migration burdens, ignore the Lislan agreement. However the EU today is committed to solve this crisis.. We must have a holistic approach to resolve this challenging problem which can only be done collectively by all M.States.


Luciano Busuttil,Chairperson of Committee of the Maltese house of Representatives, indicated how our National Parliament strengthened the EU Parliament. His committee submitted 3600 proposals- with one of their Directives being for Parliament to be more active by becoming more proactive in its roles and decrease scrutinising issues.


Elena Grech (Malta Head E.Commission) referred to the youth crisis of unemployment. She indicated her desire for Erasmus programmes to expand and incorporate technical skill courses as these are not catered for. This is the best way to create better opportunities for this sector of youths.

A better vision can only be accomplished by Politicians of M States and flexibility between all States will benefit all.

Hi John and all, I am very pleased to inform you that I have been elected as member of the Executive Board at FEPPD by a general consensus. 


As I had already referred to you and our committee about this matter, prior to be elected, I had made it clear with all attending the Brussels AGM that I was more comfortable to be  proposed to the position other than propose myself as is customary in taking up a similar post within the Council.


I was very humbled at being voted for by all delegates and the Council itself, for the potential prestige the position carries in reference to our size of Association and in recognition to the input we have consistently provided to the Federation.  


The position will cover the last year in office of the present Council, awaiting the 2016 elections for a the new Council

election, time enough to make experience and thus re-contest for a full term of four years in the future. 


Regards,

Pierre.

 

MDTA attends a Social Dialogue event at the new House of Parliament Valletta

 

To mark the 11th anniversary of Malta’s accession to the EU, Meusac organised and invited all NGOs’ for an exchange of views between Malta’s Members of the European Parliament, Malta’s  MPs and the European Economic and Social Committee, on the future of Social Dialogue in the EU.

 

The Vice President of the European Commission, responsible on this theme, Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, presented his feedback on the economic challenges facing the EU. He emphasised that they were committed to maximise Social Dialogue benefits with all European social partners. Last March his office attended a high level conference to strengthen dialogue to deal with the social problems affecting society, unemployment, working conditions and educational systems.

 

Helena Dalli, Hon. Minister of Social Dialogue and Consumer Affairs, stated that social dialogue was alive and that NGOs’ needed to keep them-selves involved. The Maltese Government similarly committed itself and wants to strengthen the existing structures to move forward in shaping the best policies for EU Citizens. She acknowledged the importance of NGOs and their contribution within the context of Social Dialogue together with Meusac’s key role to keep this alive. It is paramount for our various recommendations to be treated and adapted with mutual respect in-line with the principals of social dialogue.

 

MEP Dr.Metsola, stated there were several local challenges including those effecting pensions, the labour market, better participation of women and older workers, traffic congestions etc.

Overseas, we have to strengthen and embrace the Single market policies and encourage the implementation of fair distribution involving burden sharing, on the present humanitarian disaster of Migration.  

 

On the call for comments, by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Censu Galea, J Salomone Reynaud on Behalf of MDTA, gave a brief account of some concerns related to this event in relation to the Educational sector and Single Market policies. The two main points addressed were:

  • The challenges/difficulties arising when assessing some, EU applicants for registration as dental technologists. Due to the 2 level educational qualification discrepancy, exhibited and confirmed by MQRIC, between Malta’s official qualification and the guest applicant. Here John indicated the importance of Harmonisation and standardisation of our Profession’s educational system throughout the EU States.
  • The second concern regarded the regulation of Clinical Dental Technologists (CDT’s) in  EU States. CDTs’, are regulated in some States, though not recognised in other EU States. This present state of affairs, creates obstacles for cross-border movement and establishment of their services, as Allied Health Carers.  This situation does not conform fully with the aims of the Single market Directives.

 

Other participants voiced their opinions on several issues related to the importance of Social Dialogue and its future.

IFD ANNUAL BOARD MEETING DUBLIN OCTOBER 2014

 

This year’s meeting was held from the 8th to the 10th of October and attended by 20 delegates including country representatives and observers.

 Tony Sarrapuchiello, IFD President, unfortunately had a recent setback to his health and was unable to attend. His presence was missed but we were all relieved to hear about his good recovery. Former President Paul Levasseur made a sterling job as stand-in (demonstrating the good fortune of ample leadership in the IFD ranks. Retired Chief Executive Gerry Hansen likewise attended to assist in the handover of her position as CEO.

 The usual hospitality event was hosted by the CDT Association of Ireland. Colum and Deirdre Sower organised the social program and made us feel all at home. I was pleased and surprised to meet for the very first time Duffy from South Africa, with whom I had corresponded for more than a decade exchanging information on denturism.

 The meeting was opened by the Irish Member of Parliament who welcomed us and reported the professional value of CDT’s. We than had two days of extensive discussions related to administrative matters, including the appointment of a new CEO and upcoming new website for the IFD. We all met Camille Bourbonnais in person, experiencing her enthusiasm  and looking forward to working with her in the immediate future. Other matters on the agenda included amendments to IFD’s by-Laws, country reports and how the Federation can assist other countries to progress.

 Along with the uncustomary absence of the UK and Finland, mixed reports were received from the EU where the momentum to advance denturism appears to have stagnated.

From public statements and reports, there is an underlying threat, from organised dentistry, to regain control as ‘Manager’ of all things related to Oral Health.

IFD is also concerned about the split in the British Associations and their state of uncertainty. Belgium received great news when their shadow Minister of Health introduced a legal review to regulate CDTs’. The European Committee of the IFD was regrouped and a new strategy was forged in order to address challenges we are facing within the EU on the MDD.

South Africa progressed towards the creation of a Register for Denturists during the legislative review for dental technology. This encouraged S.Africa to submit a bid to host a World Symposium in Cape Town for 2017 however the decision to accept or decline the bid was postponed in view of a holistic pattern of attendance from other continents and the economic viability.

 

In the meantime IFD’s next AGM in Europe has been announced to take place in Switzerland 2016 following the 2015 Symposium in Washington USA.

 


John Salomone Reynaud
Manager

Dental Technology Services

Mater Dei Hospital

MDTA attended the ‘Back to the Future’ Public dialogue, by Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic. This event was organised by Meusac on the 31st January 2014, in Valletta at Aula Magna, University of Malta.

It is important for MDTA to participate in these Meusac activities as, besides gaining information on several matters in general, important references and guidelines related to our work, as Health Care Professionals, can be addressed. Furthermore, it becomes paramount that we have a good attendance, which entitles us for funding assistance applications.   The meeting proved to be interesting:

 

MINISTER Helena Dalli, spoke on free movement challenges ahead and referred to the financial crisis, which the EU seems to be overcoming. She supports the debates that will be held in the near future, that will deal with the way to overcome errors of the past years. Change is of essence and we need a better unification of policies in all EU States. There must be an improved transparency and flexibility for an easier process, to reduce beaurocracy.

 

The Maltese Government wants to strengthen the role of Meusac, which helps citizens to participate. It forms a tool to pass on information, guides and supports NGOs and the Public to be more adjourned, with EU policies and strategies.

 

Mr. Sefcovic pointed out that after two World Wars, Europe has learned to move forward by means of negotiating and discussion. It has learnt that unification means sharing of resources and a better quality of life. We have to appreciate and absorb the best outcomes from peace. Ho focused on the importance of the Single Market which will strengthen the EU as the highest GDP level in the world despite the crisis. Trade with the USA is vital to increase our outcome. He than referred to professional qualifications and education to improve employment.

Problems are generated by scepticism as the public in general view the EU as too complex and may be confused. Students have to be guided to understand the way things are regulated both in their home State and the other EU States. They must have easier channels available, to contact their MEPs.

The financial crisis helped the EU to move on a higher level to decrease scepticism.

 

 

 

MDTA similarly attended an Erasmus+ info session held on the 5th February in the evening at Meusac Office Republic Str . This programme offers numerous support and financing for various exchange schemes. Some programmes offer overseas courses to improve training skills and education, mostly for youths and professionals to increase their employment opportunities.


John Salomone Reynaud
MDTA Commitee Meeting

The MDTA had a Committee meeting on Friday 10th January to discuss the following agenda:

 

  • MDD
  • BSc course
  • Indemnity Insurance
  • Course funding for unregistrants

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IFD AGM Montreal

October 2013

 

 

Countries attending;

Belgium, Holland, Finland, Malta, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Canada.

Absent UK, Spain and Slovakia.

 

The meeting was opened by the IFD President, Mr Tony Sarrapuchiello, who introduced Mr Eric Pelletier, Consultant in marketing and management.

 

Just as the Canadian Association engaged Dr. Christian Way to demonstrate that Denturists possess the necessary education as Allied Health Care Professional Providers, we (IFD) have invited Mr Pelletier to advise us on the creation of an action plan, to improve communication and formulate a priority list.

 

A complex ‘brain storming’ session followed and IFD’s new mission drafted.

 

Last year’s AGM minutes were endorsed and the President’s report followed. Tony addressed Gerry Hansen’s and Richard Daniel’s resignation as IFD’s CEO in succession, which created a void that had to be seen to urgently.

 

It was concluded unanimously, that we will have the Executive Secretary within the Denturists Association of Quebec, who kindly accepted and would carryout the organisational needs of correspondence and office work on a professional basis at a very reasonable cost.

 

Vice President John Taylor (Australia) pointed out that we had to renew IFD’s European Committee’s registration on EU’s Transparency List of NGOs. (this was done after the AGM). He also encouraged us to use the Drop Box for communicating on our lab tops.

 

Eric Engelbrecht Chairman E. Committee, presented his report:

Due to existing problems in the UK Organisations, he is to meet the three of them to initiate a formal agreement between them.

He noted that in Italy, the situation must be confronted by setting up an organisation and establishing an educational centre. However they do not have enough initiative to do it.

 

Ilka (Finnish President) suggested electing a new European Committee composed of a President, 2 Vice Presidents and 2 members.

 

JSR (Malta) than gave the European Committee report. I emphasised the EU Commission’s strong recommendation and intentions to remove cross-border restrictions, and improve growth, innovation and competition. How denturists regulation throughout the EU is related to the Commission’s policies of a Single Market and the importance of making ourselves heard at any EU Seminars, held locally or in Brussels. This will demonstrate that IFD, as an EU registered stakeholder, is active.

 

Next on the agenda were the country reports. Of particular importance was that the Consumer Organisation in Belgium, which officially stated that denturists provide more prostheses than dentists. Finland will be offering courses in English and Denturists in Finland provide 70% of all prostheses.

 

USA: Colorado and Texas are moving towards regulation and are working towards accreditation of their schools.

Canada; A report is being drafted to establish equal fees between dentists and denturists for delivery appliances in their Public Health Services.

Switzerland; most of the denturists (66) work in Zurich which tries to monopolise all training for denturists in Switzerland.

Malta; in my report (a copy is in our web site) I expanded on the importance of our legal proceedings and its relevance to all EU States. Our current Status in Malta as warranted (dental technologists) Professionals and the threat of monopolisation within but mostly beyond our Profession.

 

The second session of the meeting involved new elections. Malta’s rep was again elected as a member of the European Committee and next year’s AGM is to be held in Ireland.

 

J Salomone Reynaud

President MDTA

The MDTA was invited to a Public Hearing on ‘Malta in the Single Market’ held on the 23rd September 2013.

The MDTA was one of the 46 listed Participants of this activity with a panel including three EU, single market observatories and European Commissioner Barnier (Internal Market)

 

Key interventions were addressed by Minister Christian Cardona, Martin Bugelli (Head of European Commission Representation in Malta), Anna Maria Darmanin (Chair of the Single market observatory) and rapporteur Benedicte Federspiel.

 

There were several queries and proposals from the floor which dealt with employment, Social rights, banking policies and E-commerce. The MDTA, besides submitting a written report of it ideas and recommendation, focused its query on harmonisation of education and training in dental technology and the freedom of movement and establishment of Clinical dental technologists as service providers to improve Single Market policies in Health Care Services.
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Dear Colleagues, kindly keep mornings on the 17th and 18th June 2013, free due Mr Mike Brindle’s visit to Malta.

Those who attend will be given CPD certificates.

Further details will be mailed later.







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MDTA attended a public dialogue organised by Meusac held on Tuesday 15th January as an introduction to the Irish Presidency of the EU Council.

The venue was held in St Paul’s Street Valletta and Dr Vanni Xuereb (Head of Meusac) opened the seminar with his brief intervention.

 The panel was composed of Dr Francis Zammit Dimech (Malta’s newly appointed foreign Minister), Mr Jim Hennessy Ireland’s Ambassador and Dr Vanni Xuereb.

 This is the 7th time that Ireland holds the Presidency since joining the EU. Ireland has learnt from its past experiences of economic crisis and is ideal to deliver lasting solutions in this economic recovery. Bilateral relations with Malta are excellent and they will help guide Malta into its Presidency in 4 years time. This position of Presidency brings a substantial amount of activity in the country which will simultaneously create a financial boost to the country’s economy.

 The Irish Presidency may be summed up in a simple phrase ‘Stability Jobs and Growth’. Their programme will address securing financial stability by encouraging a single mechanism for the Banking Union proposals.  Investing in sustainable jobs and growth especially for unemployed youths. Improving on Labour mobility and easing their obstacles. Work towards greater harmonisation for professional qualifications. Provide targeted support for SMEs. Revolutionise towards a Digital Single Market and look outside Europe, to engage its global partners for better cooperation and effectiveness corresponding to foreign policies and security challenges.

 Questions from the floor were than addressed which included several queries by the numerous entities present. Mdta commented on how the Presidency and the Local Ministries intend to proceed and improve mobility and establishment of professional Allied Health Care Professionals, due to the fact that, presently movement of such Professionals ( including dental technology), is hampered by their lack of regulation throughout EU’s States and the monopolisation of their Training and educational centres.

 Both the Hon Minister and his excellence the Presidency showed they are in full support of this liberation of movement and establishment that favours a Single Market but one has to understand the hard work needed to get all head of States and stakeholders approve a common goal, in this delicate professional sector.

 

J Salomone Reynaud
December Activity:



The MDTA was cordially invited to attend the Public Dialogue by the Irish Minister of EU Affairs Ms. Lucinda Creighton and John Salamone Reynaud represented us.

Ms.Creighton referred mainly towards the upcoming Irish Presidency of the EU, which will be Ireland’s 7th presidency of the EU’s Consultancy, the 1st being occupied in 1975 while the last was established in 2004.

 The main challenge of course will be the economic crisis, and their aim would be to address the right reforms and collective restructures supported by the Political commitment of all EU States.  On the same lines implementing this commitment will sustain Growth and Jobs. They intend to focus heavily on E. Commerce, Youth employment and the Single Market policies.

 It is intended to improve the Professional Qualifications Directive and finalise the 2nd Act of the Single Market aims.

 Another priority would be to stimulate research and to increase commerce outside the EU e.g. Canada and India, and establish free trade agreements for the benefit of the EU as a potential way to contribute to Growth.

 The Minister continued to refer support of funding programmes and the reviewing of the measures to promote confidence in investment practices.

 Presently the financial framework has still not been concluded, so that the Irish Presidency, aims to push for an agreement as early as possible.

Maritime issues are another focal point to address e.g. sustainable fishery, maritime policies and their endorsement.

She concluded that the agenda was huge and challenging however, collectively it will surely be finalised positively.

 Following her presentation, with several queries from the floor, it was interesting to hear that in one of several of her constructive replies, she emphasised the need that, to achieve Single Market status, ‘protectionism’ has to be removed, to establish free movement of services and workers between States. EU States must be persuaded to review their regulations for an easier cross border establishment.

November Activity,  MEUSAC Seminar:


Following the announcement and invitation by Meusac to attend a Seminar re Europe 2020 the MDTA welcomed the call and attended on Saturday 24th November 2012 at the Meridian St Julians, MDTA having already submitted documents towards this programme in the past years. The Seminar was intended to address the EU 2020 Strategy closer to Local councils and NGOs’. It started with an overview of the EU 2020 Strategy and EU funding programmes available to support its Implementation.

 The 2020 Strategy dealt with the headline targets of employment, Innovation, Climate change, Education and Poverty/Social exclusion. Malta’s 7 flagship initiatives included:

 

  • Innovation; improving the framework and access to finance research and innovation.
  • Digital agenda: delivering sustainable economic and social benefits through internet.
  • Youth on the move: to promote movement of students and young professionals.
  • Resource efficiency: to support greater shifts towards an efficient and low carbon economy.
  • Skills and jobs: to provide opportunities to develop new skills and offer career shifts and improve productivity.
  • New Industrial policy: to be more competitive, less carbon intensive and promote entrepreneurship.
  • Poverty: to ensure economic and social cohesion to help the poor play a more active part in society

The seminar than went on to the funding programmes, which were various and presented, by six different head of sections, who all gave their aims of programming and contact points to apply for any queries that may be related to any Organisations needs. A possibility which could provide us with a form of assistance, to acquire a qualification in a specialised area of dental technology was assessed, for any future reference, if applicable.

AGM IFD GHENT

BELGIUM

OCTOBER 2012-10-04

MDTA MALTA Report

 

This past year there were three main points to address, which were of primary importance to our Organisation and its members.

One of MDTA’s aims is to introduce Continual Professional Development (CPD) schemes for its members. This is done not only to update and keep its members adjourned with fast moving trends of innovative techniques and design, but also, to acclimatise themselves for future implementation of accredited yearly CPDs for Registrants with the Council.

Dr.Mark Gilbert was invited over by a conjoint effort from the MDTA and Ministry of Health. Mark gave us three lectures including workshops and the whole event turned out to be quite successful. All attendees received CPD certificates with their relevant credits numbers.

 

A main concern was again the serious allegations MDTA received, of non-registrants working as Dental technologists. This is a delicate issue and a constant worry to many members. The MDTA is duty bound to investigate and take action. A police report was filed and Legal proceedings adjourned for the near future.

 

Then of course, a main issue is the submission of the Legal Application of CDT regulation in Malta and its preliminary ruling at the European Court of Justice, on which I will give further details at the meeting in Ghent.

Thank you for your attention

 

J Salomone Reynaud

 


The MDTA were cordially invited to the Public Dialogue held yesterday Tuesday 17th July 2012 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

 Mr Lidington, MP Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, delivered a speech that was followed by a question and answer session with those present. He described the financial challenges and opportunities in the EU today and although the UK was not part of the Euro zone, they, the UK, are anxious to see it succeed. They cannot directly be involved in its reviewed concepts however feel they can contribute and recommend ways to strengthen the financial situation and the global crisis.

 

Mr Lidington expanded on;

    Promoting growth through increased competition and better targeting of EU structural Funds
    Completing the Single Market, particularly in the digital and services industry
    Generating employment
    Promoting free trade and research
    Reducing the regulatory burden, especially for small and medium enterprises
    Regulating financial markets
    Tackling climate change and encouraging sustainable development.

 

The UK, although not part of the euro zone, has a 40% trade market with the euro States. However we need to install more confidence and harmonisation of policies and levels of standardisation.

One of the biggest challenges is to have closer integration and to consolidate the Single Market. There must be a way to settle financial policies reflecting democratic standards and the present crisis must be solved to maintain our present standard of living for the future generations in Europe. Regulation must be less costly and not so complicated. Barriers for trade beyond the EU can be removed as competition and sustainability are interconnected.
 

Following his presentation were questions from the floor, where it was expressed that in Europe it was too costly to set up a service or business. That Greece is experiencing the present crisis due to lack of harmonisation in fiscal policies, and that Europe is so diversified that we need to structure policies which allow diversity. A common model which reflects democratic criteria has to be given its due, as failure in such political fields, will feed far right Parties, to become more popular in the wake of such deficiencies.

 
In an environment of dental technology, this Dialogue session, in my opinion was an eye opener related to the different levels of burdens for SMEs, like Commercial labs in the EU, who have to compete with others, beyond Europe, e.g. China, Brazil etc. In Europe we are burdened with Taxes, regulations, directives and standards which are practically or partially unavailable in such States, in other Continents. This provides an imbalance in competition.

 
John Salomone Reynaud

President
MDTA


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FEPPD AGM 2012

 

Dear Members,
 
On the 4th and 5th of May 2012, I represented MDTA at FEPPD's Annual General assembly and Symposium which was held in Nice, France.
 
The meeting, attended by fifteen Associations went through it's normal running as per Statute requirements, and the first vote was taken to elect the Swede, Jan Eric Gyllenram within the Council as Secretary General replacing the former that resigned pro tempore for personal reasons. The vote was unanimous.
 
Auditor's report, and subsequently the financial report with the relative statement of accounts 2011 and the projected budget for 2012 were carried forward to the satisfaction of the floor that now bookkeeping is resulting more transparent and factual, after the decision taken in 2010 to drop irrecoverable dues outstanding pre 2007. Membership fees for 2012 were reconfirmed, and it was stressed the need that they should be settled in time as per statute and unequivocally by Bank Transfer only, and for this purpose 25Euro charges will be reinvoiced when the said payment is done otherwise,......and in this case, MDTA's attention was called as we were still paying with bank cheques.
 
On dealing with the outstanding amounts due to FEPPD, Bulgaria was expelled from the organization on the basis of outstanding dues to FEPPD, and it's reluctance to keep any form of contact.
 
At this point, MDTA was asked how and when it would be settling it's outstanding dues dating back to 2008, amounting to euro1500.00, year in which we had renounced to staying on as full members due to the unsustainable membership fee in relation to our finances.
I had tried to resolve the issue prior to the AGM, via correspondence with FEPPD. Arguing that on the same principle that Britain, on it's eventual return to the organization,  was going to be proposed to pay back it's hefty dues, i.e., on a six year term, I had asked the same arrangement for Malta which would have accommodated our feeble finances, yet managing to honour our commitment towards FEPPD.
A the time, the Council did not want to commit itself to such an arrangement claiming that the matter should be put forward to the next AGM for the eventual satisfaction of all members attending, as it contended that it was not in position to take financial decisions beyond it's term of office, namely 2013.
Since some time had elapsed between correspondences in which I was committing ourselves that we were intent in settling the issue, and that it was only the case of how, and not if. we would be doing it,  I had recommended our Treasurer to send over the first part payment as a sign of committal and creditability.
 
I tabled all the correspondences for the attention of all delegates, and reiterating our valid argumentations,  in virtue of having sent over the first part payment rendering creditable our intentions, MDTA finally won the motion brought forward to a vote for the acceptance of our scheduled pay back. 
 
Therefore, it is my pleasure to announce that this long standing issue with FEPPD has been satisfactorily resolved to accommodate our financial recourses as was the decrease in membership fee attained last year.

 

Pierre Zammit SRDT

Secretary MDTA

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MDTA 2011 Christmas  social event


On the 14th December 2011 the MDTA attended an event on ‘Requisites for EU funding’.

Most of the programmes presented were mainly for partnership schemes for project funding.

These programmes ideally should involve a minimum of 3 identities from any EU State, and could stretch over a period of 3 to 5 years.

The grants are co-financed by 85% which may be reduced should the project render any sort of future revenue.

Each program presentation was aided by a ‘success story’ exemplifying the program’s details and opportunities.

 The MDTA may in future be in a position to utilise anyone of the programmes for a joint project with its EU peers, regarding Education, innovation and international activities.

Applications could be complex and require the need for prioritisation, objectives in conjunction with 2020 agenda.

The projects will also involve a project manager and leader to formulate the criteria of the combined project



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MDTA REPORT

IFD AMSTERDAM 12th-13th November 2011

Following the usual procedures of the AGM, including the President’s report, the CEO report and the financial update, the UK delegate presented with urgency the positional paper of the Council of European Dentists (CED) and its serious implications towards the profession.

The IFD were to respond immediately by submitting their position to the EU regarding Directive 2005/36/EC on professional qualifications.

Next on the agenda was my presentation indicating the importance for IFD to register as an NGO with the EU. This was approved unanimously (IFD is now a registered EU NGO).  Eric (Holland), Phil (UK), Illka (Finland) and John (Malta) were nominated and are members of the European Committee IFD.

Country reports were then presented by:Netherlands, Malta, USA, Belgium, Finland, UK, Canada, Australia, Switzerland. Reports by Demark, Spain, Rep.Ireland, Hungary, Poland, S.Africa, and Slovakia.

 

Second Day

Membership fees were discussed and it was agreed to increase the annual fee by 20%. The UK’s concern about their exclusion from the National Health Care Service of the UK was addressed. The IFD European Committee is to prepare a response paper to CED’s positional paper of proposals, to the E.Commission.

IFD will be establishing internet Education. We hope to get it done in the near future. Action will be taken for a course on website.

There was approval of the guidelines for the Peter Brower prestigious Award.  Phil Tucker (UK) will be replacing Chris Allen in the Sterkenburger Committee.

 My second presentation was dealt with confidentially, discussed and viewed with a positive feedback from the delegates present at the meeting. In view of the matter, details of which will be disclosed in due course. A fund will be established to support what the Committee addresses as ‘priority issues’.

Next AGM in Belgium 2012

J.Salomone Reynaud

MDTA

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MDTA attends Health Opportunities in FP7

Wednesday 27th July 2011-07-28

The Palace Hotel Sliema.

 i) The Seminar involved funding programmes for research and innovation in Health Services.

 The first speaker was Mr Koos de Korte from the Netherlands. Mr Koos, is the present contact point for the Food Industry in the Nertherlands. He spoke on the experience he had as a coordinator for a successful project they embarked in Holland. An overview of what to expect, as coordinators, from their participating partners. The importance of organising a first meeting, in the presence of their partners, to establish how best to proceed. The coordinator, is to confirm the distribution of every partner’s input and the importance of being reliable and easily accessible.

It was also important to be prepared to submit every 6 months, a report to the Commission. He finally explained that once there is an idea, and a will to submit such projects, the attitude should reflect, what is to be achieved and than to assess the costs for your objective, and not vice versa.

 ii) The second speaker was Mr. Antoine Mailhe, from the EU Directorate for Health, DG Research and Innovation.

In his power point presentation Mr Mailhe demonstrated how to forward one’s proposals for such projects. He expanded on the current programmes available for 2012, with the aim of these grants being for multi disciplinary research, to improve Health services for citizens and increase competition. The projects should ideally be taken up by 3 to 5 partners and that one could apply for more than one Topic.

 iii) Ms. Joanna Pullicino, Malta’s Health National contact point, continued on to Mr Mailhe guidelines and informed us that there are three open calls with specific deadlines. She advised us on how to find reliable partners within the EU and the useful links to look into, as a guiding portrait.

 Questions from the floor were than heard. Amongst several replies to the attendees’ queries, it was revealed that the grants could cover from 60 to 75% of the costs. The evaluation process could be tedious. The grants are submitted beforehand, once the project has been approved. When the project is finalised it would be a supporting idea to be introduced, at the discretion of each State.

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MDTA MAKES ITS VOICE HEARD AT Public dialogue.

 On the 12th July, at a Public Dialogue with the newly engaged Polish Presidency, the MDTA had a delegate (J Salomone Reynaud) attend the activity.

 

The Polish Presidency for the European Council will be holding office from the 1st July to the 31st December. In his presentation he paid tribute to the previous Hungarian President and his work and support towards Croatia’s pre accession efforts to join the EU. The Presidency is now a three member group, headed by Poland and joined by Cyprus and Denmark for the next 18 months.

The challenges he will be tackling immediately are the financial crisis involving Portugal and Italy. There is also the problem of emigration to the southern Mediterranean Countries.

 Poland was always enthusiastic with the concept of the EU. In fact they have been progressing relatively well in these last 15 years. During his Presidency he has accentuated on the following priorities:

  • Economy growth – the SINGLE market, addressing more the Legal network for cross-border movement.  This is accompanied by the Multi Financial Framework where Encouraging investment for a modern infrastructure is essential.
  • A Secure Europe – Focus on the energy policies, defence and security within the EU.
  • Open Europe – addressing enlargement, referring to the inclusion of Croatia, Iceland, Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia.

 Dr Borg, Malta’s Foreign Minister than made his presentation. Dr Borg again praised the Hungarian Presidency in his efforts to address the economic crisis (bailout of Greece). The challenges he experienced, of the political revolutions in Africa for Democracy - and here Malta gave its share - in the evacuation and Humanitarian Aid of refugees and all other citizens. He also acknowledged the closer step for Croatia’s accession to the EU.

 The Minister invited the Polish Presidency to address the issue of illegal emigration and its influence on the southern Mediterranean States. To watch and avoid geographical ‘ghettoes’ and support Tunisia and their democratic transformation as presently it is the least complicated change that N Africa is passing through.

 The High Commissioner of Cyprus than gave a brief account and confirmed the similar views of what had just been presented.

The Seminar was than open to questions from the floor and amongst several other public interventions J Salomone Reynaud briefly addressed the need to have all EU National Institutions to work on harmonising and standardising the education and training of Allied Health Care Professions, including of course Dental Technology, to ease cross border movement of these professionals and their services. Most of the energy is directed to the professions of the selective system and not that of the general system where some professions are regulated others unregulated while some just recognised on a voluntary basis.

J Salomone Reynaud, as MDTA’s delegate, attended the first of a series of Seminars, organised by MEUSAC, regarding ‘Europe 2020 Strategy for innovation, sustainable growth.

 The aim of the Seminars is to discuss the way forward on how Malta could reach Europe 2020 targets. In fact this first Seminar, held on the 22nd June 2011, dealt with the employment targets whereby Member States are committee to reach the target of having 75% of citizens working with a stable income.

 Four workshops were carried out during this first Seminar with the following themes:

  • Improving job conditions including flexicurity and family friendly measures
  • Upgarding skills to match labour market needs
  • Undeclared work and precarious jobs
  • Youth Employment and mobility

 MDTA’s main concern involved the 4th workshop of employment and mobility. During the Seminar an Official from the ETC presented the employment targets for Malta, whilst the Agency for Youth’s official delivered an overview on Youth mobility and employment. Dr Vanni Xuereb, Head of Meusac, chaired the seminar and emphasized that Malta must adapt to current challenges and social realities.

 

Details of the seminar can be seen on Meusac’s official website.