Birgu is one of the three cities in Malta that are going to benefit from the funds of the EU for the restoration of the bastions.  The other two cities are Valletta and Mdina.  "It is great news what has happened and we are very proud to be one of the cities that benefit from these funds", said John Boxall, Mayor of Birgu.  More news will come in the coming days.

The Birgu Local Council has launched its official website,

A billboard infront of Couvre Porte was put up as to advertise the mentioned website.

Bill Board

In March 2007, Mr John Boxall, Mayor of Birgu, will be attending a training course on sustainable development and sustainable tourism.  Being Vice-President of the AVEC network, a project part financed by the European Union, Mr Boxall was granted by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication, a scholarship to attend this training course. This course is going to be held between the 5th of March and 1st of April, 2007, in four different cities around France.

His Most Eminent Highness Frà Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, was born on 15th May 1929 in London, the son of the Hon. James Bertie (son of the 7th Earl of Abingdon) and Lady Jean Crichton-Stuart (daughter of the 4th Marquess of Bute). 

The Construction of the Public Garden at Tal-Ħawli area began in November 2006 after long discussions and several problems that the Council had to face for the last six years.

This Public Garden is financed by the Housing, Construction and Maintenance Department under the direction of Architect Anton Camilleri, who was of great help to the Birgu Local Council to achieve its goals and proposals regarding this capital project.

The Archpriest of Vittoriosa, Fr Joe Caruana, asked the Birgu Local Council to help the Collegiate Church of St Lawrence with the cleaning and the upkeep of the St Lawrence cemetery in Vittoriosa.


On the issue of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March the City of Birgu was featured on London's most popular newspaper, The Financial Times, where Mr Godfrey Grima wrote about our historical city.

In fact, a few days before, Mr Grima interviewed Mr John Boxall, Mayor of Birgu, and two foreigners who are now living permanently in our city.

Għeżież Residenti, 

Nixtieq ninfurmakom li l-laqgħa numru 2 (05) tal-Kunsill Lokali tal-Birgu ser issir nhar ­­­­­­­l-Erbgħa 18 t’April, 2007,  fis-6.00pm fl-Uffiċċju Amministrattiv f’Couvre Porte.  


During the AVEC general assembly held in Tours, France, between the 15th and 18th March 2007, Mr John Boxall, Mayor of Birgu, was unanimously re-elected Vice President of the AVEC association for the second consecutive year, by the Executive Committee of this association.

The Birgu Local Council is a member of the AVEC association which is made up of 40 cities from around 12 countries from around Europe.

During the second Council meeting, held on Thursday 26th April, 2007, the members of the Birgu Local Council unanimously agreed on the proposal of the Central Government to re-build the Vittoriosa Clock Tower and the re-embelishment of Misraħ ir-Rebħa.

This project started on the simple idea of the Mayor, Mr John Boxall, years ago to excavate the foundation of the Vittoriosa Clock Tower, which was built in the Main Square in Birgu and was destroyed during the Second World War.

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