In view of the European Elections, on 26 April, the Europe Direct Information Centre - Gozo, in collaboration with Europe Direct Information Centre - University of Malta, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Malta and the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union in Brussels organised events for first-time voters at Sir Michelangelo Refalo Sixth Form and MCAST in Gozo.
The event was organised to inform students about the ‘This Time I'm Voting’ campaign and to provide them with information on the various Youth programmes which they could apply for, either as students or as graduates.
Ms Elaine Cordina from the European Parliament Liaison Office in Malta spoke about the rationale behind the ‘This Time I’m Voting’ initiative and the importance of exercising one's right to vote, while being informed on how to use it. She also discussed with the students their top priorities for the upcoming 2019 European Elections.
EU Careers promoted in Gozo
Ms Charlene Caruana from the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union in Brussels, encouraged students to participate in the youth programmes which are being funded by the European Union and provided information on the role of the Permanent Representation in the area of staffing, negotiations and interaction with the EU. She discussed the various EU Career opportunities within the European Union, ranging from Internships and Traineeships for recent graduates to other type of Contracts such as Contract Agents and Temporary Agents and Permanent Officials.
Students were also encouraged to apply for jobs within the European Public Service, with the possibility to being seconded within the EU Institutions and Agencies. Information on local assistance, including Government website, Europe Direct, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, European Commission and European Parliament Representations and also social media used by the Permanent Representation and the EU Careers Student Ambassadors to promote EU Careers was also provided.
An EU Career means being able to work in a multicultural environment, ability to travel and also learn new skills, which will be useful both locally, in the public or private sector and also in the international sphere. She concluded by encouraging students to think outside the box and apply for these positions.