The project « Enhancing the Democracy of Citizens in Small Towns» was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme “Europe for Citizens”
Participation: The project involved more than 350 citizens, notably 47 participants from the city of Montefiascone (Italy) including Mayor Giulia De Santis and Councillors and approximately 300 participants from the city of Ta’ Sannat (Gozo, Malta).
Location/ Dates: The event took place in Ta’ Sannat (Gozo, Malta), from 28/04/2022 to 02/05/2022.
The Italian delegation arrived in Malta and were shown some key sites in Malta before being escorted to the island of Gozo. The sites visited in Malta included the old capital city Mdina, Ġgantija Temples and Xewkija Windmill. From there, the Italian delegation was accompanied by ferry to Gozo.
The dates selected for the twinning event coincided (purposefully) with Ta’ Sannat Day and the Italian delegation attended a band Concert organised in honour of this occasion. The Montefiascone Mayor was roped in the ceremony and given a role awarding some of the prestigious awards distributed on the day. Ta’ Sannat Local Council recognises the contribution of persons and entities to the locality – this is something not organised by Montefiascone and therefore this served as a best practice from Ta’ Sannat’s end.
The conferences, debates, discussions, presentations and workshops mentioned at application stage were held at a prominent hotel in Ta’ Sannat, with the participation of both Maltese and Italian citizens. As a methodology, experts were invited to provide presentations on different topics. MP Josianne Cutajar was invited to close the day of citizens’ events with an official address.
The twinning event continued with a wine Festival featuring Montefiascone wines, mass in Italian language at St Margaret Parish Church in Ta’ Sannat (Gozo), visits to Dwejra (Gozo) and Ta’ Pinu national shrine (Gozo) and a visit to Wied iż-Żurrieq in Malta before departure.
Both Italian and Maltese participants expressed they want to continue to strengthen the twinning relationship between Montefiascone and Ta’ Sannat.