Minister for Gozo participates in meeting of the CPMR in Spain
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has participated in and addressed the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions Intermediterranean Commission Working Groups and Political Bureau, held in Cartagena in the region of Murcia, Spain.
The agenda included discussions on the need for cooperation of the Euro-Mediterranean regions in various fields with a view to addressing the challenges of the region and foster communication, exchange of information and participation on initiatives and useful projects for the Mediterranean region.
Among the topics discussed were the Blue Economy, sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean, migration management with a multilevel governance approach – to continue to build wealth and job creation in the region, which is sensitive but important for the European Union.
Minister Caruana spoke about the initiatives being taken by Malta in the maritime sector, especially with regard to research, innovation and environmental protection.
She said the Maltese government is aiming for by the end of 2018, that 30% of Maltese waters are protected and a plastics refund scheme where the goal is that by 2019, 70% of plastic bottles are recoverable – as a measure for the environment and clean seas, and sustainable, quality coastal tourism. In this context, Dr Caruana stated that Gozo was included in the 2017 Sustainable Destinations Top 100.
The Minister also mentioned projects being embarked on by the Ministry for Gozo, such as the regeneration project for Mgarr Harbour and the project mentioned in the electoral manifesto of the Marsalforn breakwater.
Justyne Caruana explained that since Gozo lies in the European Union periphery, it has particular challenges related to double insularity which must also be addressed through access to European funds.
Dr Caruana also spoke about the need to have human resources trained for emerging economies in the context of the plan being prepared by the Ministry for Gozo where the main goal is economic growth and job creation for Gozitans in Gozo.
During the conference several bilateral meetings also took place to explore new areas of cooperation between maritime regions in the Mediterranean.