Serbian Parliament: meeting with the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta

Belgrade, July 23rd

With a warm and now already familiar atmosphere of cooperation, the Vice President of the Serbian Parliament and Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta, Hon. Vladimir Marinkovic welcomed, in the Parliament of Belgrade, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca. At the meeting, which was attended by several MP’s, including the Head of the PAM Serbian Delegation (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean), Hon. Nevena Stojanovic, Hon. Sasa Maksimovic, Hon. Vesna Rakonjac, Hon. Velinka Tosic, Hon. Branko Djurovic and Hon. Nebojsa Tatomir, unanimous was the consent and the gratitude expressed by the Serbian Parliamentarians for the important charity-dinner held in Monte Carlo on June 19th  in favor of the project “Make a Wish” aimed at boys and girls residing in the flooded areas of last May 2014.
There were also discussions for other humanitarian initiatives and projects for 2016. The meeting ended with the invitation of the Ambassador Alberto di Luca at the ceremony of “delivery” of the WISHES which will be held on October 13th.

The Minister of Labor and Social Policy has met with the Ambassador of the Order of Malta

Belgrade, July 22nd

from left Ambassador Alberto di Luca, in the center Minister Aleksandar Vulin and on the right the President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Serbia- Order of Malta, Vladimir Marinkovic.The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, H.E. Aleksandar Vulin, met today at Palace Serbia (Palata Srbije), the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca.

During the meeting they discussed about the humanitarian assistance that the Order of Malta provides the Republic of Serbia, and the future cooperation and humanitarian actions to help Serbian citizens most in need, especially the children.

Ambassador di Luca spoke about the success of the project “Make a Wish”, aimed at girls and boys affected by the floods of May 2014. The Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that any help is welcome, because child care is one of the most important aspects for the Ministry of Labor, and it was agreed that the project “Make a Wish” must be an example for future programs for socially disadvantaged children.

Our National Day, in the presence of the President of Parliament, between the sublime music of the Opera Tosca by Puccini and the generous solidarity from the Principality of Monaco

Belgrade, June 24th

This year’s National Day of St. John the Baptist, traditionally organized by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, was honored by the participation of the President of Parliament, Maja Gojković.
At the picturesque setting of the National Theatre, in the presence of 550 people and more from institutional, religious, diplomatic and cultural backgrounds, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has addressed his greetings on behalf of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order, Fra ‘Matthew Festing, emphasizing the excellent relations between the Order of Malta and Serbia and the continuous successful development of bilateral cooperation.
The Ambassador di Luca has also focused on the important project “Make a WISH”, dedicated to girls and boys affected by the floods of May 2014, highlighting the importance of collaboration with other countries, in particular with the Principality of Monaco where, on June 19th, was held a charity fund raising dinner which has achieved the amount of € 100,000 worth of possibly realizable WISHES expressed by the children in their letters to the Embassy of the Order in Belgrade.
The baritone Carlo Guelfi and soprano Micaela Carosi have then charmed the large audience – that stood in ovation for several minutes- with their masterful interpretation of “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, under the musical leadership of Maestro Dejan Savic.
A great success for this splendid Opera, special one time performance, that has been proposed to lovers of classical music in Serbia by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta on the occasion of its National Day.
At the end of the Opera, in the foyer, the guests toasted to the friendship between Serbia and the Order of Malta and to the success of many initiatives that the Embassy in Belgrade organized over the past year: from the supply of large quantities of food and clothing to important medical equipment donated to the Hospital KBC Zvezdara; from the new edition of “A hot meal on a cold winter” to the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”, attracting so much interest and support in the country.
Alongside the President of Parliament, Maja Gojkovic, were also present many MPs, including the Chairman of the Group of friendship between Serbia and the Order of Malta, and Vice President of Parliament, Hon. Vladimir Marinkovic.
Together with the Apostolic Nuncio representing the Holy See, H.E. Msgr. Orlando Antonini, were present many Ambassadors and diplomats accredited to Belgrade: H.E. the Ambassador of Albania, Ilir Bocka; H.E. the Ambassador of Australia, Julia Alice Patricia FEENEY; H.E. the Ambassador of Belarus, Vladimir CHUSHEV; H.E. the Ambassador of Brazil, Sergio Luis CANAES; H.E. the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ranko Škrbić; H.E. the Ambassador of Bulgaria, Angel Simeonov DIMITROV; H.E. the Ambassador of Canada, Philip Herbert Pinnington; H.E. the Ambassador of Egypt, Menha Mahrous Bakhoum; H.E. the Ambassador of Montenegro, Branislav Micunovic; H.E. the Ambassador of Morocco, Abdellah ZEGOUR; H.E. the Ambassador of Romania, Daniel BANU; H.E. the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Alexander Chepurin; H.E. the Ambassador of Slovakia, Ján VARŠO; Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Germany, Michael Hasenau, and Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Ukraine, Yevheniia Filipenko.
The proximity to cultural institutions was witnessed by the President of the Academy of Arts, Dusan Djokovic.
Very welcomed guests were also the Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic, the director of the Hospital KBC Zvezdara, Dr Aleksandra Arandjelovic, the CEO of Generali Insurance, Dott. Andrea Simoncelli, the director of the daily newspaper Politika, Ljiljana Smailovic and director of RTS, Dragan Bujosevic.

From the Principality of Monaco a great help to the "Make a WISH" project

Monte Carlo, June 19th
In an atmosphere of friendship and solidarity, made even more enjoyable by the beautiful terrace on the seaside and the lovely melodies of famous artists, was held, at the restaurant Twiga of Monte Carlo, the evening in support of the project “Make a WISH” promoted by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade in favor of Serbian girls and boys affected by the 2014 severe floods.
The charity event – organized by HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia and entrepreneurs Flavio Briatore (Billionaire Group) and Luca Marzocco (Satri Group and Marzocco Group), alongside their respective spouses Elisabetta and Sarah – was attended by over 148 personalities from Serbia, Monaco, Italy and France.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order, Albrecht von Boeselager, sent messages of appreciation and good wishes for the success of the initiative.
The Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Serbia, Alberto di Luca, and his spouse Emanuela, alongside the promoters, welcomed the distinguished guests: the Head of the Royal House of Serbia, HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine from Serbia, came specially for the occasion from Belgrade; H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, the Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade and President of the Episcopal Conference of Serbia, also arrived from Belgrade; the Order’s Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, Umberto Di Capua and his spouse Marinella; the Knight of Grace and Devotion of the Order – and 17 years President of COM.IT.ES in Monaco – Count Niccolo di Chiusano; Marco Casiraghi, CEO of ENGECO, with his spouse Cecilia; Stelios Haji-Joannou, President and majority shareholder of Easyjet Airways; absent but important supporters of the praiseworthy purpose of the evening, Gerard Cohen, Chief Executive of HSBC Monaco, Sir Philippe Green, Chairman of the Arcadia Group and Alberto Hazan, President of Radio Monte Carlo that has, among other things, opened a collection funds for the project through the pages of the site www.radiomontecarlo.net.
The guests listened to the modalities of the initiative from Prince Michael: the Commission of the project, of which is Patron HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, will proceed with the selection of the 1793 WISHES arrived at the Embassy that will be delivered at the official ceremony to be held in Serbia, on October 13th, on the feast of St. Gerard, founder of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1048.
Below, the full speech of Prince Michael followed by the speeches of greeting and gratitude of Crown Prince Alexander II and Ambassador di Luca.
See you next year!

Your Royal Highnesses, Dear Cousins,
Your Excellency Monsignor Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade,
Ambassador di Luca,
Ambassador Di Capua,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Briatore and of Mr. and Mrs. Marzocco, I would like to extend our most sincere thanks and give you the warmest welcome for participating at this first event to support the project “Make a Wish” promoted by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade in favor of the children of the elementary schools that were living in the areas devastated by the floods of 2014.
The Wishes of these children have brought us their dreams, their needs, their aspirations.
Each one of their wishes, that together we will be able to make happen, will correspond to the very same philosophy of the millennial Order of Malta – today present in 120 countries – which is to help those who suffer, to extend a brotherly hand, to offer material or moral help.
From the start of this worthwhile initiative, the Embassy has received more than 3500 letters, of which 1793 have the characteristics that correspond to our sensibility tonight as well as to those of our sponsors and benefactors from Serbia, from the Principality of Monaco, from France, from Italy and from Taiwan.
The commission that will grant the wishes is tonight represented by its Patron, my cousin Prince Alexander.
Thanks to the generosity of all of us present, the commission will be able to choose which wishes will become a reality.
The official ceremony of delivery of the gifts will happen on the 13th of October 2015, on the liturgical day of Blessed Gerard, founder and Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
To help you better understand what we are talking about, I would like to give you some examples of the wishes we received:
A young boy, with old parents and a tetraplegic sister, asked for a bath lift so she can take a bath, because the age of his parents makes it almost impossible for them to handle her.
Other children asked for a van for the school, so they can overcome the collapse of certain infrastructures.
Others would like musical instruments, so they can play.
Many kids would like to have again, or have for the first time, a personal computer.
A young girl who has a paralyzed brother has asked for an electric wheelchair so he can go up and down the hill around his house.
And there are other wishes less dramatic but equally beautiful: to be taken for a day to Belgrade and be able to meet in person their idol: Novak Djokovic.
I would like to extend a special thank you to H.E. the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Baron Alfred von Boeselager, who, though he is not able to be with us due to his busy schedule, has sent a very kind message to Ambassador di Luca in which he wishes us a great success and conveys his appreciation for our event.
I also want to extend a warm thank you to H.S.H. Prince Albert the 2nd for the affectionate letter he wrote to me, assuring us of his support and best wishes.
Together with my friends Flavio and Elisabetta Briatore and Luca and Sara Marzocco, we realize how important and necessary it is to do something concrete towards the wishes of the Serbian children that have been handicapped by a natural catastrophe that limits them in their quality of life and in their growth, which they are entitled to.
I see that we are148 people tonight and with us by thoughts we have other friends who have sent us donations and support.
I am convinced that the success of this evening – for which I want to congratulate the first Secretary of the Embassy of the Order in Belgrade, Giorgio Giuliano and Mrs. Vannina Mandelli – even though we will not be able to grant all the wishes, will be essential in making happy many of the children who have sent us letters.
For that we must rejoice.
I want to extend my compliments and thanks to the musicians and the artists who enchant us with their talents and create such a wonderful atmosphere for this evening, on this lovely terrace on the sea.
We know how many lovely initiatives of solidarity happen every year in Monaco and I feel honored and pleased to be among the promoters of this first event, unprecedented in Monaco under the name of the Order of Malta.
Your Highnesses, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I thank you again for your generosity and would ask all of you to remain close to our project and seek the support of more friends so that our chain of solidarity can grow and bring smiles and joy to the children of our beloved Serbia.
I raise my glass for the prosperity of Serbia, the principality of Monaco and the Sovereign Order of Malta.
Thank you very much!

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,
My wife and I are very happy to be here with you tonight, at the “Make a Wish to the Order of Malta” charity event aimed at children residing in the flooded areas of Serbia.
My country is still struggling to remove all the consequences of the last year’s enormous natural disaster.
My wife and I are very moved by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s wonderful initiative to bring joy to the Serbian children from the flooded areas.
By fulfilling their wishes, you are making the lives of these children happier and you are strengthening their belief in solidarity.
It warms my heart to see that this project has drawn such great attention and I am very proud to be a member of its commission.
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all the organizers of the “Make a Wish to the Order of Malta” project, to all the people of good will who have gathered here to help the children of Serbia, and in particular to HE the Ambassador di Luca for his deep commitment consistently shown towards those suffering in Serbia
I am looking forward to the final ceremony of the project, which will take place in Belgrade this October.

 

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs receives the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Belgrade, May 7th

In the historic building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held this morning the warm meeting between the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, and the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca.

During the meeting, were touched mainly the issues related to the intense humanitarian activities of the Order of Malta organized in the country. Also discussed, was the possible signing of the Postal Agreement between Serbia and the Order of Malta.

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, was so impressed by the activities of the Order in Serbia, that he asked the Ambassador di Luca to invite to Belgrade the Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.

Continued support for Kragujevac

December 17th

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia, delivered, last October 30th, the anticipated humanitarian aid to the association against childhood diabetes in Kragujevac. To do the greetings, next to the president of the association, Borko Marinković, was present as well the Mayor of Kragujevac, Radomir Nikolić. On that day were delivered by Ambassador Alberto di Luca, kits for measuring blood glucose levels, laptops, toys and clothes for children. On that occasion, the association expressed the wish to possibly receive more help from Milan. With the cooperation between the Lombardy delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta , the Italian supermarket chain “Esselunga”, and thanks to the funds raised at the charity event organized last  June in Milan, by Meritalia and Zepter International – in cooperation with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade – the significant costs of transport and customs clearance, for this great load, have been covered thus making possible the delivery before Christmas of food, clothing and products for personal hygiene.

MAKE A WISH TO THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA

MAKE A WISH TO THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA is a project aimed at children, residing in the flooded areas (District of Braničevo: Municipality of Kostolac; District of Mačva: Municipalities of Mali Zvornik, Krupanj, Loznica, Ljubovija, Vladimirci, Koceljeva i Bogatić; District of Srem: Municipality of Šid; District of Pomoravlje: Municipalities of Svilajnac, Ćuprija, Paraćin, Rekovac; District of Kolubara: Municipalities of Ub, Lajkovac, Ljig, Osečina, Mionica; District of Morava: Municipalities of Lučani, Gornji Milanovac; District of Šumadija: Municipalities of Rača, Knić, Topola; District of Zlatibor: Municipality of Kosjerić; District of Bor: Municipality of Majdanpek) from Serbian elementary schools (from grades one to eight) to have the opportunity to see the realization of their dreams and desires: a WISH.

The candidates, to participate, must send a letter signed by their parents (or legal guardian) or the attached application form with their WISHES to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta – Krunska 23A, in Belgrade– from December 13th 2014 to March 13th 2015. The Embassy will submit to the Commission the admissible WISHES, which will, according to the available budget, select those that are economically sustainable and practically achievable, and insert them in a short list. To this first list, will also be added the WISHES that, for costs or organizational reasons, are not immediately achievable; these WISHES will be brought to the attention of donors or sponsors in Serbia, Italy, France and Monaco or any other country, for a possible willingness to support its costs. A final list will be then obtained and closed on September 13th 2015. The Commission will have the final draft of the accepted projects and will inform the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta which will in turn inform by official letter the “qualified”. The official handover ceremony will take place at (location to be defined) on October 13th, 2015, – Feast of Blessed Gerard, Founder of our Order of Malta.

The WISHES can represent a dream, an aspiration, a desire or a specific need of the young candidates. Every WISH has to be compatible with the Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to help mainly those who suffer or those who have basic needs for a decent life. There are no limits, sizes or default scopes, if not the reasonable possibility of realization with both affordability and organizational boundaries. For example, you can dream and propose “a trip to the Moon with a Knight” as a WISH, but it will be impossible for the Commission to accept this kind of desire!
The Commission will evaluate the projects according to the following six categories of WISHES: “receive special medical care”, “do something”, “enhance artistic and cultural skills”, “meet a famous public figure”, “receive an object”, and “go to a specific place”.

The Commission reserves the right to choose and select the WISHES to its discretion in base of its admissibility and evaluation of adequacy. Priority will be given to WISHES of humanitarian and medical nature or particularly creative breaks from children with major social problems.
Every letter or application form submitted to the Commission, must be signed by the parent or legal guardian. The maximum length of description of the WISH will have to be up to 50 words.

Letters without full name of the child, date and place of birth, names of parents (or legal guardian), address, contact telephone, and name and address of attended school, will not be admitted. Will be appreciated, if possible, an email address.

Commission members
:
H.R.H. Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic
H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, Catholic Archbishop in Belgrade
Dr. Andrea Simoncelli, President of Generali Insurance;
Prof. Nenad Prokic, Project Manager – Make a Wish to the Order;
Dr. Prof. Aleksandra Arandjelovic, Director of the University Medical Center Zvezdara;
First Counsellor of the Embassy Dr. Carlo Buora;
Ambassador Alberto di Luca, as President of the Commission.

Media partners: Politika and Pink TV.

Make a WISH – Application Form 

 

Turin – Belgrade – Sremcica

August 4th

Thirty boxes of jeans, clothing and jackets, that the Piedmontese Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta sent a few days ago in Serbia, were then loaded and taken from the Embassy in Belgrade to the Home for Children and Youth with Disabilities “Sremcica”. This Centre, which houses orphans with disabilities, has a constant need for help that the Order of Malta, whenever possible, tries to meet, having provided over time Computers, craft materials for the training of its young guests, supplies and clothing. Particularly, in this difficult post-floods and providential moments were considered items like winter jackets in anticipation of the very cold winter in that area.

National Day of Saint John

On the occasion of the National Day of St. John, the Embassy in Belgrade of the Sovereign Order of Malta, wanted to bring together at the modern and efficient setting of the Hotel Metropol, over three hundred people among which major institutional, religious, diplomatic and cultural authorities of the Serbian capital.

In his speech, Ambassador Alberto di Luca pointed out that “our first thoughts, especially today, go to the people of this beloved country so severely affected by the recent tragic floods.” He recalled the main interventions in the last twelve months: from humanitarian initiatives that the embassy has managed – such as sending several tons of specialized medical equipment, food and clothing – always bettered diplomatic relations between Serbia and Order of Malta – well represented by the signature and ratification of the humanitarian cooperation agreement – not to mention “the inauguration of the new offices of the Diplomatic Chancellery in the capital, blessed by His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, during his visit to Serbia for the solemn celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. ”

The maximum institutional authorities were highly represented by the Advisor to the President of the Republic, Professor Oliver Antic. The Royal Family was present with H.R.H. Prince Aleksandar II Karadjordjevic and Princess Katarina. A number of MP’s present, including the Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia – Order of Malta and National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Marinkovic.

The religious authorities were at their highest levels with the presence, for the Catholic Church, of the Archbishop of Belgrade, H.E. Msgr. Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar and for the Orthodox Church, with H.E. Metropolitan Irinej Dobrijevic with the Archpriest Dr. Luka Novakovic. Several diplomats representing their countries: for the Holy See the Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Msgr. Archbishop Orlando Antonini and the Second Secretary Janusz Stanislaw Blachowiak, Mr. Guiseppe Manzo, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Ernal FILO Counsellor Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Mr. Toko Diakenga Serão, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, H.E. Mr. Ricardo Fernando Fernández, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Mr. Leo Vincent M. D’AES, Ambassador of Belgium, H.E. Mr. Ranko ŠKRBIĆ, Ambassador of Bosnia And Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Sergio Luis CANAES, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil, H.E. Prof. Dr. Angel Simeonov Dimitrov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Paul-Emile Tshinga Ahuka, form the Embassy Of The Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. Mrs. Adela Mayra RUIZ GARCÍA , Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Ivana HLAVSOVÁ, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mrs. Menha MAHROUS BAKHOUM, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. François-Xavier Nicolas Marie Deniau, Ambassador of the Republic of France, Mr. Almamy Kobélé KEITA Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea, H.E. Mr. Abdellah Zegour , Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Mr. Harold Augustus Koko , Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Hanna DALEWSKA-GREŃ First Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Augusto José Pestana Saraiva Peixoto, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal, H.E. Mr. Ján Varšo, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Mr. Franc But , Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Dia Nader De El Andari, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and H.E. Mr Denis Keefe, Ambassador of Great Britain.

On behalf of UNICEF and UNHCR, the Directors for Serbia, Alix-Andre Michel Saint Lot and Eduardo Arboleda Sepulveda.

Also present were the representatives from the business world, culture and the arts. Among the many CEO’s, Dr. Andrea Simoncelli from Delta Generali, Banca Intesa Director for the Balkan aera Dr. Rosario Strano and the CEO for Belgrade Dr. Alessio Cioni. The proximity to the Universities was witnessed by the presence of prof. Slobodan Unković from Singidunum University, prof. Dejan Popović and prof. Miodrag Orlić, University of Law, Prof. Milan Skulic, University of Philosophy. Among welcomed guests as well the Pink TV Group President Ivan Vlatkovic and its CEO Zeljko Mitrovic.

After the two National Anthems, Ambassador di Luca, delivered on behalf of H.R.H. The Prince and Grand Master Fra ‘Matthew Festing, three Honours Merito Melitense to Prof. Dr. Oliver Antic, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Marinkovic and to Dr. Federico Bolondi.
In a cordial atmosphere the evening ended with the words of Ambassador Alberto di Luca: “I raise my glass to the future of the people of Serbia, to which I wholeheartedly wish prosperity, well-being, and continued success, as our ardent desire, of the friendship and cooperation between the Order of Malta and the Republic of Serbia”.

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THE CHAPTER GENERAL OF THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA IS HELD IN ROME

Rome, 31/05/2014

The Assembly has elected government members for the next five-year term

Presided over by the Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Chapter General of the Sovereign Order of Malta was held in Rome on 30 and 31 May.  The Chapter General is convened every five years to elect the members of the Sovereign Council (the Government of the Order), the Government Council and the members of the Board of Auditors. Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein was elected as Grand Commander, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager was elected as Grand Chancellor, Head of the Executive Branch and Foreign Minister, whereas Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel and Janos von Esterhazy de Galantha, have been elected as Grand Hospitaller, Minister of Health and of International Cooperation, and as the Receiver of the Common Treasure respectively.

The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion: “I am confident that the expertise of the senior members elected to these important strategic posts in the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta will contribute great value as we move forward in this century of significant challenges  – social, humanitarian and spiritual – in the 120 countries where we work. I send my best wishes to the newly elected members for their important tasks.”

Sixty-one representatives of the Order participated in the Chapter General from five continents, including 28 of the Order’s religious, members of the executive branch and heads of the major national bodies.

The new members of the Sovereign Council for the next five-year term (2014-2019):
Grand Commander (Superior of the Religious Members):
H.E. Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein
Grand Chancellor (Head of the Executive and Minister of Foreign Affairs):
H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager
Grand Hospitaller (Minister of Health and of International Cooperation):
H.E. Dominique, Count and Prince de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel
Receiver of the Common Treasure (Minister of Budget and Finance):
H.E. Count Janos von Esterhazy de Galantha
 
Members
H.E. Fra’ John E. Critien
H.E. Fra’ John T. Dunlap
H.E. Fra’ Duncan Gallie
H.E. Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau
H.E. Winfried Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck
H.E. Geoffrey D. Gamble
 
Members of the Government Council
Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas
Jean-Louis Mainguy
Franz Graf von Harnoncourt-Unverzagt
Juan Tomás O’Naghten y Chacón
Simon Grenfell
Mauro Bertero Gutiérrez
 
Members of the Board of Auditors
President
Dominik Freiherr von und zu Mentzingen
 
Members
Bruno de Seguins Pazzis d’Aubignan
Lancelot d’Ursel
Fabrizio Colonna
 
Alternates
Niels Lorijn
Justin Simpson