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Actions speak louder than Words Conference

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018 09:00 - Saturday, November 24, 2018 17:00
Where: Porziuncola Retreat House in Bahar Ic-Caghaq, Malta

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A conference is needed in Malta right now in order to address many of Malta's and Europe's current Christian and

political problems that we are all facing equally. This conference is organised by thinktank Sallux, together with the Maltese party Alleanza Bidla (AB). AB is a Conservative Christian party with social, democratic principals. AB is a full and active member of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM). In turn, ECPM is a European political party with 6 members of the European Parliament (MEP's) from 4 different countries which in fact equals the number of MEP's from Malta.

The chosen theme is : “Actions speak louder than Words Conference”.

The fact that we can all choose to look the other way knowing that our Christian identity values and culture are actively being taken away or we can decide that enough is enough and to engage ourselves in ways that will stop and even reverse the harm we are experiencing. We can choose not to believe we have a problem. We can choose that someone else will eventually come along to solve our worsening problems. Or we can choose to believe that we are called to be part of the solution both in our interests but also in the interest of others

"The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. "

US President Eisenhower's farewell address, January 17, 1961.

President Eisenhower’s words above are applicable to all spheres where power, (self)interest and countries mighty or influential people come together. Actions speak louder than words’ activates the massive potential of Christians in Malta. No longer looking away, no longer being bullied into silence, but to work actively in pursuit of real tolerance and real freedoms, as afforded to us by God and law.

Aim of the conference

The participation of all Maltese Christian denominations, NGOs, Groups and individuals is key so that we may produce of a comprehensive resolution during this conference. Via solid proposals that we agree upon, we will ask our European and national leaders to act according to the biblical and relational principles towards the economic issues facing Europe and Malta today and to seek a final solution of the refugee problem. We will insist that freedoms of speech and religion, presently being undermined be restored to the full.

This resolution will then be presented to the relevant EU Institutions, the Maltese government and to the Media. This resolution aims to unleash our true Christian potential in politics. The aim is to create local awareness and to create a more supportive environment for the growth of proper Christian representation in the local as well as the European Parliament. The inter locution and communication between us all is therefore key to reaching this goal. It is a topic which affects us all in Malta and effects also every economy and jurisdiction in Europe.



8:009:00Welcome coffee and registration  
9:009:15Welcome addressDr. Rebecca Dalli Gonzi, moderator (Malta)Intro and program
9:159:35First key-note sessionIvan Grech Mintoff, Leader Aleanza Bidla Party (Malta)Corruption, Law and order, persecution
9:359:50SpeakerAlexandra Tawaifi Lawyer working for the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) (Sweden)Human rights / freedom of consience
9:5010:05SpeakerGerhard Marx, CEO Unashamedly Ethical (South Africa)Fraud & corruption
10:0510:30Response and Q&A  
10:3011:00Coffee and networking  
11:0011:20Second Key-note speechEimert van Middelkoop, former Dutch Minister of Defences (ChristenUnie Party, the Netherlands)Christian politics, Security
11:2011:35SpeakerKarin Heepen, Bundbiss-C Party (Germany)Migration & refugees
11:3511:50Speaker Gabriela Urbanova, European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) (Slovakia)Economy
11:5012:05SpeakerChristiaan Meinen, Sallux Foundation (the Netherlands)Trade
12:0512:30Response and Q&A  
12:3012:40SpeakerEdwin Caruana (Malta) 

Paul Vincenti, International speaker and coach

Called to serve with courage
12:5013:00SpeakerJoe Aquilina, Catholic Voices (Malta)Does the Catholic church encourage Political involvement of its members? 
13:0013:15Response and Q&A  
13:1514:15Lunch and Networking break  
14:1515:15Break-out workshop session  
15:1515:45plenary results workshops  
15:4516:30Coffee and networking  
16:3016:40Reading out of resolutionJason Giardina, Aleanza Bidla Party (Malta)
16:4017:00Closing addressIvan Grech Mintoff, Leader Aleanza Bidla Party;  (Malta)Including messages from the ECPM MEPs Arne Gericke and Branislav Skripek


Speakers (alphabetical order)


Joe Aquilina, Catholic Voices (Malta)

following soon


Edwin Caruana, (Malta)

Following soon


Arne Gericke MEP Bündniss-C party member of ECPM / ECR (Germany)

Gericke was born in in Hamburg in 1964 but grew up in Papua New Guinea until 1979 when he returned to Germany. He is married and has seven children (four of his own and three adopted). In 2004 he quit his job and became an orator and pastor in order to have more time for the family. Politically, he wants to ensure that educational work (the work of raising children at home) is recognized as gainful employment. He stands for a family-friendly business, instead of a business-friendly family.

In 2014 he was elected for the first time Member of the European Parliament and he is member of the EMPL Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and DACP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Furthermore he is substitute in the FEMM Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, DROI Subcommittee on Human Rights and DASE Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 



Peter Danku, Vice-chair Sallux, operations manager Unashamedly Ethical Europe (Hungary)

Peter was elected board member in 2013 of Sallux, born in Hungary and raised in Debrecen he earned a BA in International Relations, currently pursuing MA divinity studies. In 2010 he started his career as a government official for international communication and since 2012 he has been working as a diplomat specialized in international development, humanitarian aid and parliamentary relations and supported ECPYouth networking as board member two years long. Since 2015 he has given leadership and professional advice to the International Affairs Committee of the Christian Democratic Party of Hungary (KDNP). To him, the notion of being ‘salt and light’ means getting life-long prepared for servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in public life creating alternatives for the dominant secular dogmas in inter alia sustainable economics, international development, aid diplomacy and human dignity.


Dr. Rebecca Dalli Gonzi, moderator (Malta)

Rebecca Emily Dalli Gonzi PhD (Glasg), MSc (Edin) B.E. & A. (Melit) (Hons) A. & C.E., A.L.C.M. (Lond), is an architect, project co-ordinator and lecturer. She is a registered and certified civil engineer by the Chamber of Architects, Malta. She has worked in the private and public sector, both in Malta and in Scotland.  She is a resident academic at the University of Malta lecturing project management in the Department of Construction and Property Management and a guest lecturer within the Department of Public Policy, Malta. Rebecca has been a reviewer of some journals and continues to publish. She is engaged full time at the university lecturing and working on creative ideas and solutions. She has started her own foundation that looks towards research in the field of making change in organisations work. Rebecca has moderated several conferences.

Her passion is reading, writing and debating. She was a performing piano player for 10 years graduating with a licentiate.


Karin Heepen, Chair Bündniss-C party (Germany)

Karin Heepen is the co-president of Bündnis C – Christen für Deutschland since 2015. This Christian democratic party from Germany has a Christian conservative profile especially in family, social, and foreign policy, just like other ECPM member parties, for example ChristianUnion and Alleanza Bidla. Karin Heepen is a trained Engineer. She is married and has two adult sons. Karin achieved a MA in Cross Cultural Leadership (University of Wales), a Postgraduate Degree in Theology (NCIU Florida) and she is a lecturer in psychology, theology, anthropology and intercultural studies. Since 2018 she is working as political adviser to Mr. Arne Geriche, MEP for the Bündnis C – Christen für Deutschland party.


Gerhard Marx, CEO Unashamedly Ethical (South Africa)

To stand for a principled life

Gerhard Marx, a husband, father, leader, accountant, auditor, strategist, scholar and experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of leading teams and establishing new start-up organisations in business and non-profit sectors. Skilled in new ventures, organisational structures, coaching & mentorship, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, management accounting & organisational development. Strong entrepreneurial professional with post-graduate education.

He currently serves as the CEO of Unashamedly Ethical, an organisation founded in 2006 in South Africa campaigning to transform leaders and nations by taking a stand for ethics, values and clean living. The cornerstones of the strategy are aligned with three pillars: a commitment to ethics, values and clean living; a directory of committed organisations; and accountability to an independent Ombudsman process.  

Gerhard grew up on a rural farm in South Africa and cares greatly for nations, especially Africa. He chooses to live in this most southern nation of the great continent of Africa. He has experienced first-hand, as a citizen, the impact of corruption; when leaders sacrificed their principles on the altar of greed. He has a passion to be faithful to strong values and principles in all aspects of his life.  And in his spare time, he is an artist, adventurist and a connoisseur.  


Christiaan Meinen, Sallux Foundation (the Netherlands): 

Christiaan Meinen works for Sallux, the think tank of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM). Christiaan has an interest in geopolitics, (EU) foreign policies, sustainability, and military doctrine, technologies, and policies. He is secretary of the ChristenUnie(CU) defence policies advice committee which supports the CU parliamentary group in the foreign policy and defence domain. On the topic of trade Christiaan wrote an article called: TTIP & CETA: Growth over welfare?

Christiaan also wrote a paper on the current European Defence plans and policies as promoted by the European Commission and many European thinktanks:: “What future for European Defence: One size fits all?”


Mr. Eimert van Middelkoop, former Minister of Defence, ChristenUnie, (the Netherlands) 

Eimert van Middelkoop (1949) studied social science at Erasmus university, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was a member of the Dutch Parliament from 1989 till 2002, member of the senate 2003 – 2007 and minister of Defence from 2007 – 2010.


Ivan Grech Mintoff, President Alleanza Bidla (Malta)

Ivan Grech Mintoff is the President and co-founder of the Alleanza Bidla Party (Alliance for Change Party). Alleanza Bidla is a member of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) which is the only European political party that aims to reflect and work on Christian-democratic politics in Europe from an explicitly Christian-social point of view. He comes from a political family, being the nephew of the former Prime Minister of Malta Dom Mintoff. He has written political books, produced political TV programmes on national TV and writes political articles in one of the two English newspapers in Malta.  

On a personal level, Ivan Grech Mintoff believes that the migration crisis hitting Europe as well as the stability of the European Continent are a direct consequence of the instability and war in present Libya. As such, for the last six years, he has made it his personal mission to work directly and personally for peace in Libya. This work has also seen him championing causes where abuse of the present systems have led to many people not receiving humanitarian aid they deserve. He has exposed the alleged abuse of many thousands of Schengen visas and medical visas being sold illicitly and without the appropriate checks before issuance, thereby endangering the European Continent’s stability and peace by unscrupulous people.


Branislav Škripek MEP Olano party, ECR / President ECPM (Slovakia)

Branislav Škripek is a Slovak member of the European Parliament from the conservative party OĽaNO (Obyčajní Ľudia, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities), in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). He is Member of the Bureau of the ECR.

Branislav Škripek is also a president of the European Christian Political Movement ( ECPM), the  European political party working on Christian- democratic  politics in Europe from explicitly Christian - social  point of view. 

MEP Škripek is member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), and the Delegation for relations with Israel (D-IL). He is substitute member in the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). 

MEP Škripek studied theology, worked as a caregiver for disabled youth, founded charities, and worked as a translator and interpreter.



Alexandra Tawaifi specialist Human Rights law and international criminal law, ECLJ (Sweden)

Alexandra Tawaifi is currently a trainee at the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) from Sweden. She holds a bachelor’s in international law and is a master’s student in Human Rights and Genocide studies. Miss Tawaifi is specialized in Human Rights law and international criminal law. She recently conducted a study on the Rome Statute regarding individuals operating under ISIS, and a research on Turkey’s violations of Christians’ Human Rights.


Gabriela Urbanova, working for ECPM President /MEP, board member Sallux (Slovakia)

Gabriela Urbanova is working as a policy advisor in the office of the Slovak Member of the European Parliament, Branislav Škripek, where she is responsible for the economic and employment policies. Ms. Urbanova serves as a board member Sallux the foundation of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

She holds a PhD. in International economics. She has been teaching the subjects of International organisations and European integration at the State university of Slovakia and working as business consultant in Vienna and Bratislava


Paul Vincenti, International speaker and coach (Malta)

Nothing motivates Paul Vincenti more than working with organisations and individuals who are focussed on Paul success. In his 28 years as an international trainer and business coach he has inspired over 640,000 persons from a variety of sectors. Paul launched Malta's first pro-life movement, The Gift Of Life Foundation in 2004, anticipating that once the Island joined the EU, that pressure would be placed to relax the Island's pro-life laws.  Paul is passionate about defending truth and time-tested values. He is and active and very vocal defender of life and the traditional family model.



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