Good turnout for first ever Citizens’ Dialogue held in Gozo

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Good turnout for first ever Citizens' Dialogue held in GozoYesterday, the first ever Citizens’ Dialogue took place in Gozo. The subject was “the future of the Cohesion Policy in Malta and Gozo,” and was organised by The European Commission Representation in Malta.

There was a large audience for the event, which was with the Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu and the Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.

There is a chance to watch this Gozo Citizens’ Dialogue in full on video here.

The European Commission Representation in Malta said that, prior to the Citizens’ Dialogue, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, Commissioner Corina Cretu, Minister Helena Dalli, Minister Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia, paid a visit to the Gozo Ministry, toured the Xewkija Industrial Estate and visit Ta’ Pinu National Shrine.

During the meeting at the Ministry for Gozo, the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana explained to Commissioner Cretu the challenge faced by Gozitans on a daily basis, that of double insularity – and how the Government is working to mitigate this challenge through better channels of communication between the islands.

The Minister, while pointing out that Gozo benefited from European funds, said that she still felt the need for more funding to be allocated to the island, so that the quality of life in Gozo continues to improve.

Dr Caruana pointed out that Gozo, a smaller region within the European Union, has particular challenges to be addressed in accordance with the common policy within the European Union.

Photographs: European Commission in Malta

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