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Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, KUOM GCMG (born 7 December 1958) is a Maltese politician who served as the 9th President of Malta from 2014 to 2019. Currently, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, is President of Eurochild.


Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

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9th President of Malta
In office
4 April 2014 – 4 April 2019
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byGeorge Abela
Succeeded byGeorge Vella
Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity
In office
11 March 2013 – 29 March 2014
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byChris Said (Justice, Public Dialogue, and Family)
Succeeded byMichael Farrugia
Member of Parliament
In office
1998–2014
President of Eurochild
Assumed office
2019
Preceded byHanna Heinonen (Interim)
Personal details
Born
Marie-Louise Coleiro

(1958-12-07) 7 December 1958 (age 60)
Qormi, Malta
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Edgar Preca (± 2007-present)
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Malta
Websitewww.marielouisecoleiropreca.com

Previously, as a member of the Labour Party, she was a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives of Malta from 1998 to 2014,[1] and served as the Minister of the Family and Social Solidarity from March 2013 to March 2014.

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Early life and careerEdit

Born in Qormi, Coleiro Preca studied at the University of Malta where she graduated with a BA in Legal and Humanistic Studies (International Studies) and a notary public diploma.[2]

Within the Labour Party, Coleiro Preca served within its executive.[3] She was a member of the National Executive, the Assistant General Secretary,[citation needed] and as the General-Secretary.[4] She was the only woman to have served in such a senior post of a Maltese political party.[citation needed] In addition to these posts, Coleiro Preca was also a member of the National Bureau of Socialist Youths (now the Labour Youth Forum), President of the Women's Section of the Party (1996-2001), founding member of the Ġużè Ellul Mercer Foundation and publisher of the Party's weekly newspaper Il-Ħelsien (now defunct).[5]

She served as MP in the Maltese Parliament from 1998 to 2014. In the 2008 general election she was the first elected MP. As an Opposition MP Coleiro Preca served as Shadow Minister for Social Policy and as member of the Parliamentary Permanent Committee for Social Affairs beginning in 1998.[6]

After Alfred Sant resigned as Leader of the Labour Party in 2008, Coleiro Preca unsuccessfully contested the Leadership election.[7]

She served on the Maltese delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2008 to 2013.[2]

Following the end of her tenure as President of Malta in April 2019, Coleiro Preca, under the newly set up Office of the President Emeritus Coleiro Preca, will continue to serve as Chair for the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, The Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta, and of the Malta Trust Foundation. Moreover, Coleiro Preca was appointed as President of Eurochild, during Eurochild’s General Assembly in Brussels.

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Champion for UNIDO's Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDAIII) and Special Ambassador for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Moreover, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is a member of the Advisory Board of Women Political Leaders Global Forum, and leads its #Girl2Leader Campaign. She is also Chairperson of the Senior Advisory Board of the Blockchain Charity Foundation (BCF).

PresidencyEdit

 
Coleiro Preca, as President, signing books at the MCC in Valletta

On 1 March 2014, Coleiro Preca accepted the nomination for President. Succeeding George Abela, she was sworn in as President on 4 April 2014.[8] Coleiro Preca is the youngest person to assume the office of President, sworn in at the age of 55, and is the second woman to hold the post after Agatha Barbara.[9]

Soon after taking office, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca established a number of entities to nurture dialogue and to foster unity and a culture of positive peace among people.


THE MALTA FOUNDATION FOR THE WELLBEING OF SOCIETYEdit

The Foundation was founded on 25th June 2014. The Foundation, is a first of its kind in Malta. It aims to create a safe space for dialogue on social wellbeing, bridging popular wisdom with academic research. Through this process, the Foundation works towards enhancing human relationships. The Foundation operates through a consultation process, through a number of established, including; Children, Family, Community, Transculturalism, Interfaith, Persons with Disability, and conducts scientific research through the following Research Entities:

  • National Institute for Childhood
  • National Centre for Family Research
  • National Observatory for Living with Dignity,
  • National Centre for Freedom from Addictions
  • National Hub for Ethnobotanical Research.


THE MALTA TRUST FOUNDATIONEdit

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca founded the Malta Trust Foundation on 14th May 2015. The aim of this Foundation is to encourage vulnerable young people, experiencing difficulties in life, such as unemployment, being at risk of poverty, or social exclusion, to improve their lives through education and training.

Current Projects:

  • Helping Children Overcome Challenges and Thrive (St. Paul’s Bay project) – in partnership with Blossom Foundation
  • The Malta Trust Employment Initiative – in partnership with the Malta Association of Supported Employment
  • SPARK-a youth empowerment initiative (B’Bugia) – in partnership with B’Bugia Local Council and Agenzija Zghazagh
  • Y-Assist (Supported accommodation for young mothers) – in partnership with St. Jean Antide Foundation
  • Adopt a Family – in partnership with OzoGroup
  • The Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation– founded by the Trust, the University of Malta and Fondazione Terzo Pilastro Internazionale
  • LUISS scholarships for socio-economic disadvantaged students – in partnership with LUISS University and Fondazione Terzo Pilastro
  • The Children’s Community Centre, Marsa – in partnership with Right2Smile and the Alfred Mizzi Foundation
  • The National Readathon in Primary Schools – in partnership with the National Literacy Agency
  • Mental Health Home Support Service in Gozo – in partnership with Mental Health Association Gozo and Richmond Foundation
  • The Second National Readathon in Primary Schools - in partnership with the National Literacy Agency


THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET GARDENEdit

The President’s Secret Garden provided a safe, interactive and creative space at The Presidential Private Gardens at Sant’ Anton Palace, giving Maltese children the opportunity to enhance their personality, express their opinions and feel empowered, through informal education. It aims to foster intergenerational dialogue as well as participation, inclusion and involvement of children with activities focusing on the following key areas, including self-expression, healthy eating, education, nurture, diversity, and art.

Moving forward, the Secret Garden concept will be exported to local schools and communities.

ARRAIOLOS GROUPEdit

In 2015, President Coleiro Preca was the first Maltese President to join the Arraiolos Group of non-executive Presidents of the European Union.  The Presidents meet annually to discuss current state of affairs and the future development of the European Union.  Coleiro Preca hosted the Arraiolos 2017 in Malta, and invited the Presidents of the states which were not members, to attend.


EMPOWEREdit

Seventeen women’s organisations came together under one umbrella to secure a stronger voice in the debate for equality that will resonate among women and girls to inspire them to take on leadership roles.

Called Empower, this new platform was inspired by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and was launched during the events marking the International Day of the Girl Child 2017.

THE EMANUELE CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION MALTAEdit

This Foundation was set up with the purpose of reducing the impact and burden of cancer on the people of Malta, the Mediterranean Region and globally through supporting and promoting world class cancer research and development and education.

The Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta (ECRFM) was founded by The President’s Trust, the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, Italia e Mediterraneo, and the University of Malta.

The ECRFM intends to facilitate excellence in cancer research and collaboration among scientific, clinical and psychosocial disciplines.  It will be taking the lead in multi-investigator and multi-disciplinary cancer research and will be the focal point for the introduction of clinical cancer trials.  The ECRFM will also provide information and education about cancer to the public and its representatives.  Through international research collaborations, the foundation shall be in a position to transform itself into a regional, Mediterranean cancer research hub.

The foundation is accommodated at the Biomedical Sciences Building at the University of Malta.

It is thanks to the financial support of the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, Italia e Mediterraneo that this has been made possible.

The President said that “this new and most important venture will provide the much-needed research, development, and education about cancer, for the benefit of individuals, families, communities, and societies, across the Maltese Islands and the Mediterranean Region”.

HonoursEdit

Honorary degreesEdit

National honoursEdit

International honoursEdit

HostingEdit

Hosted Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PL motion calls for setting up of permanent committee for family affairs". Malta Independent. 26 March 2011. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Office of the President". Pfws.org.mt. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  3. ^ "Coleiro Preca could run for MEP after President's term ends in 2019". MaltaToday.com.mt. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ Who's Who of Women in World Politics. Bowker-Saur. 1991. p. 51. ISBN 9780862916275.
  5. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca hakkında - NeOlaKi.net - Bilgi Kaynağınız!". Archive.is. 25 June 2016. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. ^ [1] Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca". Vassallomalta.com. 1958-12-07. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  8. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca accepts nomination for President". MaltaToday. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Coleiro Preca to be named as President within days". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Maltese President appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Warwick". University of Warwick. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  11. ^ "President Coleiro Preca receives honorary degree of doctor of laws from the University of Leicester". Independent.com.mt.
  12. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca sworn in as Malta's ninth President - The Malta Independent". Independent.com.mt. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Honours". Presdient.gov.mt. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Honorary awards" (PDF). Gov.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-09-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
George Abela
President of Malta
2014–2019
Succeeded by
George Vella