MEP discusses social issues with Bishop and Dar Emmaus
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The social needs of the Maltese and Gozitan families will be held in the heart of the work of the Labour Party, MEP Claudette Abela Baldacchino said during a recent visit made in Gozo to Bishop Mario Grech.
The MEP shared her thoughts on why she believes that the Social Europe project should be placed at the top of the European agenda and said that she will be working for the social needs of families in Malta and Gozo.
Claudette Abela Baldacchino and Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, discussed themes such as youth and employment, old age, the contribution of women in the family and the labour market, social problems such as gambling, drugs and domestic violence.The scourge of domestic violence was also discussed at Dar Emmaus, a project aimed to shelter victims of domestic violence and their children, led by Mgr Joe Vella Gauci, Chairman of Fondazzjoni Kenn u Tama and Director Michael Xuereb.
Abela Baldacchino said that as in her first speech in the Strasbourg plenary had focused on this social problem, it will be her continuing theme of support for the people, especially those who are vulnerable.
Mgr Joe Vella Gauci, Chairman of Fondazzjoni Kenn u Tama and Director Michael Xuereb, explained that the aim of Dar Emmaus is to give shelter to victims of domestic violence and spare them the humiliation of ending up without a home. In addition, such shelters give the hope of a better future to victims. They said that the home will continue to be developed not only to provide shelter to victims, but also their children, to enable them to be able to stay with their parents. Instrumental to this project was the assistance of the Community Chest Fund.
Mgr Joe Vella Gauci also discussed social issues and work that can be carried out at European level in relation to the European Parliament and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community.