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October 19, 2015


19th October 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I thank you all for re electing me President of the European Walled Towns for the next three years. Your vote of confidence encourage me to continue to work with you all in the best interest of the EWT and your respective Towns, Cities, Associations, Societies and Individual members.

This year’s AGM held in Ravenna between the 30th September and the 3rd October 2015, was an op...

October 19, 2015


The former deputy Mayor of Valletta, Joe Spiteri was re elected President of the European Walled Towns (EWT) at the Annual General Meeting held in Ravenna, Italy between the 30th September and the 3rd October 2015. This will be his second term as President and will be serving for the next three years. 

Joseph Spiteri was born on 21st September 1961 and has lived in the city of Valletta all his life. He attended St. Albert th...

October 16, 2015

Veronique Stern is the new 2nd vice-Presdient. She is married to to Edwin van der Geest. Veronique is a senior advisor for the executive board of the municipality of Hellevoetsluis on cultural affairs (art, museums, monuments, fortified city center) and European funding. She is also deputy head of the department of social affairs, team coordinator in Tourism, neighborhood management, events, culture and sports.

Veronique is g...

October 16, 2015


One third of Irish people live in towns. However, over many years towns have not received the level of attention and support necessary to ensure a sustainable future in the face of change. Extensive international research, including the Heritage Council’s own Irish based studies, have highlighted the financial and jobs benefits that arise from the conservation and restoration of historic building stock, and the retention of h...

October 16, 2015


Veronique Stern has been appointed as 2nd vice president of European Walled Towns for this coming year. Veronique is from Hellevoetsluis, a small city and municipality on Voorne-Putten Island in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.

Emy Micallef is the new European Walled Towns treasurer. Emy is from Valletta. He has vast experience in accounts and office administration.

October 9, 2015

Between the 30th September and 3rd October, 20 delegates from 13 walled towns attended the 25th Annual General Meeting of the European Walled Towns held in Ravenna.

During the 48th Executive meeting which was held on the 1st and 2nd of October, President Joe Spiteri gave an overview of what had happened during the past months. He mentioned the resignation of the three Dutch towns and that he had appointed a new Secretary Gene...

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