Gozo meeting held on Programming of European Funds

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Gozo meeting held on Programming of European FundsA Public Consultation exercise on the Programming of European Funds for Malta 2014-2020 was launched through two public consultation meetings which were held recently in Malta and Gozo.

Among those present for the meeting held in Gozo, which was entitled ‘What are Your Priorities,’ were Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the 2017 European Presidency and European Union Funding, Dr Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo and Ms Joyce Dimech, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Gozo.

The aim of this consultation process is to ensure that investments are targeted towards key areas and to take a qualitative approach to make Malta a centre of excellence in the 2014-2020 period. In this respect, socio-economic partners, civil society organisations (including environmental partners), bodies responsible for the promotion of equality and non-discrimination and the general public were present at the meetings to provide relevant feedback on the document.

Since Malta joined the European Union in 2004, European funds have served as a major contributor towards enhancing the country’s socio-economic infrastructure. Funds were also directed towards competitiveness and the development of human capital with a view to provide a better quality of life for all Maltese citizens.

In the upcoming seven years (2014-2020), Malta will have the opportunity to benefit from funding under the European Structural and Investments Funds, covering European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF), Cohesion Fund (CF), European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund(EMFF).

These funds will be instrumental to foster the right environment for economic growth, job creation, technological development, productivity, a higher standard of living and a more inclusive society which will enable Malta to reach its targets at national and EU level.

Within this context, Government is presenting its vision for the 2014-2020 programming period, in line with Malta’s priorities and the Europe 2020 targets, through the Partnership Agreement for Public Consultation.

The Partnership Agreement is the overarching strategy delineating the main areas of intervention envisaged under the European Structural and Investment Funds. The Consultation Document outlines a number of areas which Government is currently considering for possible financing through the European Structural and Investments Funds within the parameters of the new European Regulations.

The Government will discuss and finalise Malta’s Partnership Agreement with the European Commission.

All stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to send their feedback regarding the strategy on info.eufunds@gov.mt by the 6th of September 2013.

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