Minister calls for Gozo to be given special status

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Minister calls for Gozo to be given special statusThe Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo, has called for special status for Gozo, with the possible inclusion of fiscal and legislative powers.

Dr Refalo called on both the Government and the Opposition to come together to see how Gozo, which he said has always provided added value to Malta’s economy, could be given the special status that it so richly deserved.

Speaking in parliament during the debate on the Budget Measures Implementation Bill, The Minister for Gozo said that Gozo could never have autonomy or special status if it did not have fiscal powers, and that there could never be devolution of legislative powers if laws directly relevant to Gozo were not passed by a Gozo Council or the Gozo region, even if they ultimately had to be rubber-stamped by parliament in Malta.

Dr Refalo added that the concept of regionality was started by the former Gozo Minister Anton Tabone, who recognised that Gozo has unique special qualities and features which make it distinctly different from the main island.

The Minister for Gozo concluded by saying that successive Nationalist governments had never wanted such special status for Gozo and had always in fact opposed it when such proposals had previously been put forward.

Photograph is by Alain Salvary.

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