Bureaucratic red tape discussed during meetings held in Gozo

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Bureaucratic red tape discussed during meetings held in GozoThe Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo with Anthony Agius Decelis, Commissioner responsible for administrative simplification and reduction of bureaucracy, visited several enterprises on Gozo as part of the ongoing study on bureaucratic red tape.

“The Government is committed to addressing and cutting red tape in various sectors and thus will soon announce an advisory campaign focused on Gozo,” Commissioner Anthony Agius Decelis said.

He added that the Government is tied to its electoral promise to reduce red tape by 25%. Anthony Agius Decelis stressed “to do this we have launched a consultation campaign with key stakeholders because we believe in a bottom up approach where everyone has an opportunity to participate and give feedback directly.”

Dr Refalo stressed the importance of addressing this problem because the quality of Maltese regulatory framework is one of the factors affecting the economic and social development of this country. “Societies and modern economies require protection, fair competition and better standards,” he said.

The Minister said that they are working together to focus on various sectors such as MEPA, planning, social services, functions of Government revenue, health, the courts and the public sector in general, working fully with various Ministries to strengthen the services offered in Gozo.

The Minister went on to say that “we continue to work to create wealth so that the Government can afford to reach out to Gozo as much as Malta.”

Discussions also took place during a meeting at the Ministry for Gozo on how the Government can facilitate and reduce the processes and delays in services provided by public entities to the private sector.

Anthony Agius Decelis added that bureaucracy is fertile soil for corruption, “we do not agree with corruption, we believe that this is an extra tax to pay.”

The Gozo Minister said that he “believes that bureaucracy hinders work, discourages investment and increases the inefficiency at various stages of development of the country.”

“The Ministry for Gozo together with the Commissioner are working together on a one stop shop in Gozo, to help the public, provide guidance and direction on the uses of the services he needs. The vision and promise of this Government is to reduce red tape by 25% by the end of this legislature,” the Minister said.

The Commissioner announced that at the end of this year a report will be presented which will identify existing bureaucratic procedures and plans for the appropriate simplifications. He also said that there will be a Round Table Conference in Gozo on the 4th of September.

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