On Friday 26 February 2010 in the evening the Courts hosted this year’s Fourth Plenary Session of the Mini European Assembly organised each year by the National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF).
Students from St Aloysius College, the University of Malta, De La Salle College, St Martin’s College, the Junior College (in Malta) and from the Sir M.A. Refalo Centre for Further Studies (in Gozo) crowded into the well of the Criminal Court behind desks with flags, purporting to represent twelve European countries (see photograph), to debate the topic Combating Bribery and Corruption in Public Institutions: Are Domestic and International Tools Blunt or simply Unused? For the second year in succession the teams presenting the report and the resolution addressed the Assembly in both English and French.
The session was chaired by the Chief Justice, Vincent De Gaetano, assisted by Miss Mariella-Pia Tabone, Head of Education and Cultural Affairs of the NSTF. Before the debate was opened, the Attorney General, Dr Silvio Camilleri, delivered a keynote address on the subject of the fight against corruption in Malta.