Gozo’s regional identity needs to be stressed, says Alfred Sant
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Former Prime Minister and MEP Candidate Alfred Sant, at a recent meeting, emphasised his view that the “regional identity of Gozo needed to be stressed even if as a region, it has been considered as too miniscule by EU standards.”
“True development will only happen when Gozitans feel completely responsible for it through a form of regional devolution that allows full play for civil society to function. In this,” said Alfred Sant, “Gozitan NGOs would have a vital role.”
Alfred Sant reiterated his vision for Gozo during a meeting at the Gozo NGOs headquarters in Xewkija, Gozo, with the President and members of the Council of the Gozo Association of Non-Governmental Organisations who spoke on the activities they are conducting and their plans for the future.
There was agreement that NGOs have a vital role to play in ensuring that economic and social development really happens in Gozo. They said that “during the past ten years, there has been a relative worsening in the island’s position compared to that of other small islands in the EU.”
The Association represents most of the NGOs groups active in Gozo, for their interests, as well as serve as a voice for civil society in Gozo.
President Chev. Carmel Zammit, explained how the Association seeks to mobilise help for Gozo’s NGOs when they come to apply for funds from EU sources. He also highlighted the difficulties that NGOs experience because of Gozo’s double insularity.
In the course of the discussion, reference was made by all to the economic, social and cultural situation in Gozo; nor was the state of the environment overlooked, as different points were reviewed about the external links that would reduce Gozo’s isolation.
Photograph from left to right: Eman Borg, Marc Schembri, Ryan Mercieca, Alfred Sant, Chev. Carmel Zammit and Joe Camilleri.