European Centre of Competence in Professional Ethics (ECEPE)

Contributing towards the development of a more performing service economy and more cohesive society through the improvement of ethical qualifications and practices in a broad range of professions.

The objective of the European Centre of Competence in Professional Ethics (ECEPE) is to contribute to the development of a more performing service economy and more cohesive society in Southern European countries, in particular, Malta, through the improvement of ethical qualifications and practices in a broad range of professions.

To this end, the ECEPE aims at:

  • Developing research in the field of professional ethics
  • Developing initial as well as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training in professional ethics
  • Disseminating societal awareness on professional ethics towards professionals, decision-makers, clients/service users and society at large.

It brings together the strengths of several core Maltese and Europe-based partners and develops a range of activities.

The ECEPE is still under development. The core initiators stem from six complementary organisations and institutions:

Foreward by Hon Minister Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment

At a time when Citizens’ voices for a more accountable, participative and ethically-minded Union are ever multiplied, the initiative of the professions that traditionally occupy the role of the intermediary between the Citizens and the Sate, to reaffirm and make broadly known the principles on which their exercise must be based, is heartening. Their patients and clients, all of us, are empowered by these principles, as any abuse of power of control of information is put on the spot and a true sense of service to the society, to the Human being, is celebrated.

I am proud to share with all those reading these lines that our Country is aiming at becoming a pioneer in the struggle for a more ethical, principal-based approach to all matters relevant to education and employment. Our Presidency of the European Council, scheduled to be held during the first Semester of 2017, will have ethics as one of its flagships in all issues relevant to our Ministry’s responsibilities. The setting up of a Centre of Excellence in Professional Ethics in Malta is the fruit of collaboration between our Ministry, the Professional World and Academia. Its foundation will answer many issues relating to the teaching of applied professional ethics to graduates and will generally contribute to placing ethics in the centre of the debate, in these islands and Europe-wide.

Specialised research centres/networks in the field of professional ethics

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A business breakfast held in collaboration with the Malta Business Weekly on ‘Sustainability Measures to Protect Employment’

Professional Ethics: Safeguarding The Service To The Consumer

This project aimed to encourage research on professional ethics at a national level to evaluate the situation at a local context and disseminate information so an action plan can be devised on the current challenges and difficulties.

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