PR221549: Malta signs the Hague Convention to strengthen the protection of adults with a disability at international level

The Maltese Government, through the Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights Julia Farrugia Portelli, signed the 2000 Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults, at the Hague, the Netherlands. The signing, an electoral manifesto pledge and a measure announced in the Budget 2023, meant that the Maltese Government has continued its work in respect of protecting adults with a disability at international level.
The Hague Convention is organised every 5 years and this year’s ceremony was dedicated solely for Malta’s signing.
In her speech, Minister Farrugia Portelli emphasised that this is a historic moment for Malta, and for every adult with a disability, as through this signing, their protection will be strengthened internationally.
Minister Farrugia Portelli recalled that the signing of the Hague Convention is another step in the journey of reforms that we have all, together as a society, embarked on, towards living in a more inclusive Malta. She went on to say that once again, our country is sending a strong message of zero tolerance towards all actions that tend to erode the protection of people with a disability.
Minister Farrugia Portelli stated that this is a strong message that, as a government, “we are sending not only on a national level, but also on an international level.”
Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), commended Malta for having covered the necessary groundwork leading up to this signing and appealed to other HCCH member states present to follow the Malta’s example, while thanking Malta for being a leader in the field.
Present for the signing was Permanent Secretary Nancy Caruana, Jules van Eijndhoven, Head of the Treaties Division within the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mark Pace, the Maltese Ambassador for the Netherlands, and representatives from the European Union and several EU member states and other countries.
Malta is the 17th Member State of the EU to sign this Convention.