New President of ETTW

On 17th January 2017, the General Assembly of The European Throughout The World (ETTW.) unanimously elected its acting president for nearly a year, Dr Raymond Christian XERRI.

Born in the United States of Maltese parents he has lived, studied, worked and/or visited nearly a hundred countries and is thus a walking example of Europeans living abroad.

Raymond joined ETTW in 2013 representing the Council for Maltese Living Abroad (CMLA). Since 2012 he occupies the post of Director for Maltese Living Abroad within the Directorate-General for Political, European Union Affairs and Maltese Abroad in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta. Since 2013 he occupied one of the posts of Vice-President of ETTW.

Circulum Vitae of the new E.T.T.W. President

Dr Raymond Xerri, Ph.D (Australia), M.A.(Dip.St.)(Malta), D.D.S., E.U.Sch.(E.U.Law)(Germany), B.A.(Hons.)(U.S.A.). was born in New York in 1969 and had his primary and secondary education in the United States and Malta (1972-1986). In 1986 he migrated to his birthplace city and there continued his post-secondary education at the Jesuit Brothers’ Manhattan College (1986-1990). In 1989, Raymond was awarded the European Union Scholarship to study European Union Law at the Institute for European Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, West Germany, the same year Germany reunited. In 1990 he graduated with honours and was awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations.

In 1991 Raymond returned to Malta where he became a citizen in 1991. He continued his postgraduate studies at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies at the University of Malta and earned a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies in 1991; a Diploma in Diplomatic Studies in 1993 and finally a Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies in 1994.

In March 1994 Raymond was appointed as First Secretary and Commissioner of Oaths in the Diplomatic Corps of Malta and served his country at the Malta High Commission in Canberra, Australia (July 1995-1998). In 1998 he became Gozo’s first Policy Co-ordinator and E.U. Office Co-ordinator at the Ministry of Gozo serving a three-year term till 2001. Between 2001-2005 he served Malta as Counsellor at the Malta High Commission in London, in the United Kingdom.

In 2002, Raymond Xerri was admitted to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia becoming the first student from Malta ever to graduate in Diaspora (Gozitan) Studies from any university in the world and the first student of Gozitan or Maltese extract to graduate at doctoral level at the same university. Dr Raymond Xerri is an author, editor and producer of a number of publications, multimedia and multilingual productions. He is also a founder, co-founder and active member of a number of Gozitan, Maltese and internationally based organisations. Dr Xerri was the main organizer of twenty-eight editions of the Gozo International Celebration in Gozo (Malta) with attendance and audience from 51 different countries. He has received numerous international awards and is the initiator and editor of the Series Gozo and the Gozitans.

Dr Raymond Xerri is married and has two children.

ETTW – latest Board meeting and General Assembly, March 10, 2016

ETTW Board Meeting and General Assembly, March 10, 2016.

Change of Guard

On March 10, the ETTW had to say thank you and good bye to its very active President during the last two and a half years, Niels Thøgersen. Niels Thøgersen has decided to stop as ETTW President and concentrate on his new project, Saving Europe.

The ETTW regretted his decision but took note of the fact and appointed Raymond Xerri, Council of Maltese Abroad, as acting President until the next meeting in June, where electing a new President will be on the agenda.

The ETTW also decided to nominate Steen Illeborg, Danes Worldwide, as new Secretary General and Marie-Claude Hayoit as Deputy Secretary General.

The ETTW Board discussed its objectives and priorities and not least the future funding of its projects. It was agreed to underline the ETTW’s primary function as a forum for exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices of its member organizations and to currently review its prime projects in this perspective.

The Board confirmed the importance to the ETTW of its prioritized projects:

– Follow-up to the ETTW opinion on the EU citizenship report 2016;

– Its proposal to President Juncker to launch a structured European public debate about the right of free movement;

– Its project with the EP and major European companies on i-voting for the next European elections in 2019

– Its educational initiatives of relevance for expats,

– Its project for monitoring European Court of Justice rulings with consequences for the free movement of citizens, and

– Its project with EUROSTAT to co-organize a major forum on migration statistics in Luxembourg in November 2016.


ETTW – Change of Guard

Raymond XerriMr. Raymond Xerri, director of the Council of Maltese Abroad, has taken over as acting president of Europeans Throughout the World (ETTW). He was until now vice-president of the association.

The  president until now, Mr. Niels Jørgen Thøgersen, has served for 2 1/2 years. As he has now become very much involved in activities in relation to the crisis in Europe, he decided to step down from the post as president due to lack of time. He will continue to support ETTW and its work as much as possible.

The ETTW activities in Brussels will continue to be coordinated by Mr. Steen Illeborg, ETTW Board Member.

Great meeting with the Board of Vlamingen in de Wereld

I was invited to present ETTW and our activities last night to the Board of our Flemish member organisation ViW.  It was a very interesting meeting, and ViW underlined that they very much support our work and the plans for the future. Not least in our fight for free movement, for voting rights, also by electronic means, for making change of schools easier, for monitoring of vthe rulings of the European Court of Justice, etc.   Niels Jørgen Thøgersen