'May the Youths of China and Malta Be Closer'
Maltese Youths Anticipated the Launching of EU-China Year of Youth
Posing in front of the video camera in Mdina, the ancient capital of Malta, a group of Maltese youths sent a message on Thursday, 10th of February, in anticipation to the launching of the EU-China Year of Youth 2011.The youths has joined the young delegates across European Union in expressing their congratulations and expectations to the ushering of exchanges between the youngsters of China and EU member states. The event was organized by the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family of Malta in collaboration with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Malta.
Later this month, an official launching ceremony will be held in China to kick-start the various themed projects and activities scheduled for this year. Two Maltese young representatives shall attend the gathering in Beijing. Video messages from the young people across EU countries including that of Malta are to be broadcasted on the occasion.
The year-long promotion was designated at the 12th EU-China summit in November 2009, with an aim to strengthen and expand people-to-people contacts, intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation. It offers fresh opportunities for young Europeans and Chinese to meet, exchange and learn from each other during 2011 and beyond.
Earlier on 11th January, 2011, in the presence of 200 youth representatives from the EU and China, together with the EU-China Youth Ambassador, Britta Heidemann, Germany's 2008 Olympic fencing champion, the Youth Year was jointly launched in Europe by Ms. Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and Mr. Wang Xiao, President of the All-China Youth Federation.