The main highlights for Gozo from Government’s Budget
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Finance Minister Tonio Fenech, presented the Budget 2013 in Parliament on this evening. Some of the main highlights that have been announced in Budget 2013 for Gozo are as follows:
An ERDF Scheme for Gozitan businesses.
Incentive guidlines for hoteliers to be reviewed, which includes incentives for 3* hotels. Revision of licences related to property in Gozo.
Further promotion of Maltese and Gozitan touristic product through innovative and technological means.
The Minister said that in collaboration with the Gozo Tourism Association, the Government is budgeting € 2000,000 on ferry fees for those who spend a minimum of one night in Gozo between the months of November and February.
Further investment in Gozo General Hospital. Provision of chemotherapy, establishment of dementia unit, house for patients with mental problems and elderly night shelter.
Also on Gozo the Government will be working on development of Local Employment Development Unit in Gozo to strengthening work carried out by the ETC.
The ETC is to launch a scheme for Gozitans who are unemployed to receive training for a definite period. This will aid approximately 200 Gozitans.
Development of business centre for financial services and ICT companies.
Development of Child Development Centre in Victoria to offer health and educational services to children with specific needs.
The continuation of infrastructural works at Zewwieqa and Citadella.The continuation of international marketing campaign related to diving and implementation of Diving Master Plan.
The introduction of domestic tourism scheme. Between November and February, those spending a night in a licenced accomodation in Gozo will pay the same Gozo Channel tariff applicable to Gozitans.
The reconstruction of Marsalforn breakwater, works on Marsalforn Waterfront and Xlendi Waterfront.
Extension of High Energy Users Scheme to Gozitan industry.
Residence for persons with a disability with voluntary sector in Gozo.
Extension of work scheme with local councils to cover NGOs and other Government entities to create 150 more jobs for persons with a disability, 50 of which are in Gozo.
Opening of an Access Centre, in Gozo at Ghajnsielem