“Malta Days” in Cologne and Adenau

“Malta Days” in Cologne and Adenau

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 02, 2017

To mark Malta’s first EU Council Presidency, the German-Maltese Association in cooperation with the Embassy of Malta organized two “Malta Days” in Cologne and Adenau.  With over one million inhabitants, Cologne is the fourth-largest city in in Germany. Adenau, known as the “town of the Knights of Malta”, is the seat of the German-Maltese Association and has had a twinning agreement with Mellieha since 1996.

In Cologne, Ambassador Dr Albert Friggieri, accompanied by Malta’s Honorary Consul in North Rhine-Westphalia, Professor Jürgen Wettke, and the President of the German-Maltese Association, Mr Christian Launer, called on the Lord Mayor of Cologne, Ms. Henriette Reker, at the city’s Town Hall. After a meeting with the committee of the German-Maltese Association, the ambassador attended a Maltese evening at the city’s adult education centre, where he spoke on Malta’s cultural heritage, the economy and its EU Council Presidency priorities. Historian Dr Michael Losse delivered a lecture on aspects of Maltese architecture and Maltese-German artist Josanne Mifsud-Pikutzki exhibited a selection of her colourful and attractive “Impressions from Malta”.

In Adenau, Mayor Arnold Hoffmann warmly welcomed the ambassador and the president and members of the German-Maltese Association, mayors from the province as well as many other guests and friends of Malta who travelled to the town from different parts of the region for the occasion. Following an introduction by Mr Christian Launer, in which he thanked all   and a short speech by ambassador Friggieri, historians Dr Dieter Bangert and Dr Michael Losse spoke on various aspects of Malta’s history. Those present could then admire artistic and high quality photographs by Mr Peter Blecker in an exhibition entitled “Malta through the Camera”.


Ambassador Friggieri and the Lord Mayor of Cologne Ms Henriette Reker at the Cologne City 


The 15th century Cologne City Hall tower on “Malta Day”



The historic centre of the town of Adenau on “Malta Day”​