PRESS RELEASE 30.10.2017
 
Upon the recent announcement by Malta’s food bank in a national newspaper that they may need to shut down due to a lack of generosity, Malta’s National Youth Council (KNZ) is calling for both a legislative and cultural change. 
 
We propose that restaurants and food vendors should donate left over food that they may not resell to voluntary organisations and NGOs who serve food to the less fortunate, instead of being thrown away. This would be food that have exceeded their shelf date but not their expiry date so as to still comply with current food regulation. 
 
A law had been adopted in France in 2016 stating that large shops are no longer allowed to throw away good quality food approaching its best before date. This has already been proposed by the Mayor of Valletta Prof Alexiei Dingli however unfortunately no MP has made this proposal his own and presented it to Parliament. 
 
We therefore ask that the Maltese Parliament implement a similar law in our islands. Furthermore, the Council calls upon food establishments to take up a proactive approach and lead by example before this is taken up by the government and ratified into Maltese Law.

 

KNŻ welcomes the vote taken tonight in parliament in favour of marriage equality. The Maltese Society has moved on to grant everyone equal rights before the law, which is beneficial to all members of our society irrespective of their gender and/or sexual orientation.

It is also in this spirit that KNŻ encourages the relevant authorities to keep educating our youths on the various realities of our society, and it is with such education that we can move forward, and become a truly inclusive society.

This year marks an important year for the National Youth Council, as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.

For this reason, we are inviting our member organizations, former executive members of the Council and friends to join us in the celebrations which will be held to mark the day. We will be at Q-Zins, db San Antonio Hotel and Spa in St. Paul's Bay on 21st October. Doors will open from 8pm onward and the event is scheduled to start at 8.15pm. Dress code is smart and attendance is strictly by invite. However, there are a number of limited places left, so if you'd like to join us, send an email to Jasmine Farrugia on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your invite.

The National Youth Council of Malta (KNZ) wishes to express its disappointment towards the fact that youths between the ages of 16 and 17 years of age would not be given the right to vote in this upcoming general election.

KNZ reignited the Vote 16 debate last September, where a motion was also tabled into parliament to attempt to give youths this right. The motion was publicly supported by all youth and student political organisations. (ADZ, FŻL, MZPN, Pulse u SDM).

It's high time our politicians showed true, tangible faith in our country's youth, instead of embellishing them with empty words.

The National Youth Council joins in celebrating International Youth Day, which in 2017 is dedicated to "Youth Building Peace". As a council, we are celebrating the youth's role in conflict prevention and transformation, as well as their role in inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace. In this regard, KNZ shall be organising a nation-wide campaign on the topic of hate speech, in order to further educate both the nation's youths and the general public on the topic, whilst raising awareness and helping in the prevention of hate crime and hate speech.

On a national level, KNZ shall continue to insist that our youths should be granted the right to vote in all elections and referendums, a right which was unfortunately denied to them during the past spring hunting referendum and the past general election. Youths have a fundamental role to play in the democratic process, and such a re should not be limited to just local council elections, but should be extended to all general elections and referenda. A motion was already tabled before the country went to polls, and the council would like this motion debated in parliament and in order to allow youths to participate in the next MEP and general elections. Furthermore, we insist that civic education should be introduced to our curricula through formal and non-formal education.

Last but definitely not least, we would like to invite both youth and the general public to join us in the upcoming Technology and Innovation Fair, which shall take place on Sunday 20th August from 5pm onwards in Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta.

The National Youth Council together with its member organisations agree that the minimum wage should be increased. The increase in the minimum wage should be paid by the government for the first five years, so as not to negatively impact the employers until they adjust to the increase, the KNŻ and its member organisations have recommended. After the five years have elapsed, private business owners can provide the difference between the current wage and the increase.

The National Youth Council encourages unions, employers and the government to step up their efforts so as to reach an agreement on the amount by which the minimum wage should increase.

The National Youth Council and its member organisations are therefore joining the call which was put forward by other organisations, activists and political parties who have called on for an increase in the minimum wage so as to reflect today's needs and  ensure that everyone is paid an adequate amount for work performed.

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