Report of Capital Cities Conference 2018

The 17th Conference of the European Capitals Trade Union Network took place in La Valletta, Malta, from 31 January to 2 February 2018. The meeting was hosted by the GWU – Malta and attended by 42 participants, representing 23 Trade Union organisations from 15 Capital Cities.


Delegates represented Athens EKA, Belgrade CATUS, Berlin DGB, Bratislava KOZ SR, Copenhagen LO-D, Helsinki SAK, La Valletta GWU, Lisbon CGTP-IN, London GLATUC, SERTUC, Madrid CCOO, UGT, Moscow MTUF, Paris CFDT, CGT, FO, UNSA, Rome CGIL, CISL, UIL, Sofia CITUB, PODKREPA, Vilnius Solidarumas.

The theme of the conference was “How trade unions of the European capital cities can approach the issue of pay rise” – we met in both plenary and workshop groups and were addressed by Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the ETUC, government ministers, academics and trade unions.


  • Ulisses Garrido (ETUI)
  • Josef Bugeja (GWU)
  • Dr Gordon Cordina (MALTA)
  • Liberio Domingues (CGTP)
  • Luca Visentini (ETUC)
  • Professor Edward Sciciuna, Minister of Finance (MALTA)
  • Maria Helena Andre (ILO/ACTRAV)
  • Doro Zinke (DGB)
  • Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality (MALTA)
  • Anton Leppik (PERC)
  • Vera dos Santos Costa (ETUI)

According to London Decision, a Permanent Committee (PC) consisting of 6 members was elected, with secret ballot for a three-year term. The members of the Permanent Committee are: Christina Theochari (Athens),  Hannele Ugur (Helsinki), Megan Dobney (London), Mikhail  Antontsev (Moscow), Franco Fatiga (Rome), Veselina Starcheva (Sofia). The PC elected as coordinator Christina Theochari.