Discussion held on the Cohesion Policy from a Gozo perspective

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Discussion on the Cohesion Policy from a Gozo perspectiveEarlier this week the Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, together with Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, were in Gozo for a Citizens’ Dialogue on the future of the Cohesion Policy in Malta and Gozo.

While they were in Gozo they had an opportunity to meet with the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana at the Gozo Ministry, to discuss the future of the Cohesion Policy from a Gozo perspective.

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 already 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.

Also present during the discussions were Minister Helena Dalli, and Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia.

Following the meeting they toured the Xewkija Industrial Estate and visited the old MDP site, an area being regenerated through European funds after years of neglect, the Minister said.

This site, which will cover 4,000 square metres, will be used to create new niches in Gozitan industry such as research and innovation, ICT and the financial sector among others.

Dr Caruana said that the project of development which will cost €15 million, of which €10 million are European funds, is also environmentally friendly as this development is taking place on an existing industrial site.

The delegation then went on to tour Ta’ Pinu National Shrine.

Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri

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