Today, 11 November 2022, the Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights, signed, on behalf of the Republic of Malta, the Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (2000 Protection of Adults Convention), during the first meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Convention.
The 2000 Protection of Adults Convention, which currently has 14 Contracting Parties, will enter into force for Malta further to the deposit of its instrument of ratification, in accordance with Article 53 of the Convention. More information on this Convention is available on the Protection of Adults Section of the HCCH website.
At the ceremony, Minister Farrugia Portelli was accompanied by H.E. Mark A Pace, Ambassador of Malta to the Netherlands, Ms Nancy Caruana, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights (the Ministry), Mr Reuben Sciberras, Head of the Minister’s Secretariat, Ms Edwina Gouder, Senior Manager at the Directorate for Disability Issues of the Ministry, Dr Alistair S De Gaetano, Legal Expert at the Ministry, Mr Robert Micallef, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Malta in the Netherlands, and Mr Kyle Vidal, Communications Coordinator at the Ministry. Mr Jules van Eijndhoven, Head of the Treaties Division, and Mr Matthijs Binnema, Legal Advisor, represented the depositary.
Malta has been a Member of the HCCH since 1995 and is bound by 11 other HCCH Conventions and one Protocol.