Six people from Malta have been selected as ‘local heroes’ in an ongoing campaign by the EU Commission. The EU Protects campaign features 274 individuals from the 28 EU states who contribute tangibly towards the protection of European citizens in a range of areas related to health, security, the environment and social wellbeing.
Malta’s six heroes are Deborah Vassallo, an administrator within the Safer Internet Centre; Josianne Azzopardi, Coordinator of the Aġenzija Sedqa S.A.F.E. programme; Claudia Taylor-East, CEO of SOS Malta, Emanuel Psaila; head of the Civil Protection Department; Dr Charmaine Gauci, Superintendent of Public Health; and Saviour Cachia, Commissioner of Information and Data Protection.
The campaign shows how people in different roles across the EU work in concert to resolve real-life challenges before they develop into dangers to communities. The EU Commission says that the chosen heroes represent thousands of other professionals whose jobs ensure the safety of citizens across all member states.
“I don’t consider myself a hero but a true EU active citizen working for the benefit of others,” said Claudia Taylor-East, pointing out the campaign’s key message of making a constructive difference in people’s lives. “My daily encounters with the most vulnerable motivate me to keep doing what I do,” added Taylor-East.
The featured individuals collaborate with other professionals from other disciplines and countries to form ‘chains of heroes’ that detect and take measures against impending risks such as unsafe toys, cyber bullying, counterfeit currency, radicalisation, air pollution, illegal fishing or unfair trade.
The EU Protects campaign highlights on-the-ground operations by ordinary citizens who write success stories every day. The campaign is online at europa.eu/euprotects