Gozo Minister urges Gozitans to plan ahead when applying for EU funds

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Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana has urged Gozitans to, “better coordinate and plan ahead when it comes to applying for EU funds, for the good of Gozo.”

Dr Caruana remarked that Gozitans have the energy but lack the synergy. “It is vital we work together and not individually,” she said.

The Minister for Gozo was speaking during a seminar organised this week by MEUSAC themed – EU funds: The Gozitan Experience.

During the seminar beneficiaries of EU funds gave an insight of their projects after having been assisted by MEUSAC and EUPA to garner the funds.

Minister Caruana, also said that Gozo benefited from some €22 million in EU funds and the next thing in line was to get an insight of what funds will be available post-2020. The EU budget post-2020 is currently the focus of discussions among Member States.

Also present for the seminar was Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and Social Dialogue Dr Aaron Farrugia, who said that both Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and himself, had met with Commissioner Günther Öttinger who was on a short visit to Malta, where the issue of post-2020 EU funds for Malta was discussed.

Dr Farrugia explained that the approach will change and that, “we will come to you (referring to the organisations and entities) to guide you on what EU funding opportunities are available instead of waiting for you to come to us for information in this regard.”

A EUPA representative speaking to those present, said that Malta tapped into the EEA and Norway Grants as well and some €48 million in funds will be allocated to Malta.

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