Confident Gozo tunnel will be considered part of TEN-T network – Borg
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European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Maltese European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, have been on an official visit to Malta, hosted by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg.
Minister Ian Borg speaking about the TEN-T road network project said, “Malta welcomes the early revision of TEN-T and we are satisfied that the Malta-Gozo tunnel will be considered as part of this network.”
He added that “the Government is committed to create a permanent connection between the two islands. In 2018 we saw the movement of 5.3 million people between the islands, an increase of 6% over 2017. These figures continue to show how useful a permanent connection could be.”
Minister Borg also mentioned other initiatives which the Government is taking in the transport sector, including free transport for youths and initiatives promoting cleaner alternative means.
European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc described the visit as a fruitful day and expressed her gratefulness for the invitation.
With regard to the transport sector, the Commissioner said that the Government appears to have a clear commitment to further restructuring of transport systems in Malta, adding that there have been very good deliverables already.
She had words of praise for the work of the Government, which is operating several initiatives in the transport sector, including free public transport and the ferry service among others, and said that these are initiatives which other European countries can take as an example.
She expressed her belief that Europe will witness the Maltese transport sector transforming along with other states, adding that her experience from today’s visit signals steps in the right direction.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries spoke about the significance of such a joint trip between two commissioners, which shows the cooperation which exists.
He stated that Malta’s maritime sector is seen as an environmentally sustainable one and said that along with the economic opportunities of this sector, we also have to take note of the environmental responsibilities when it comes to the blue economy.
He also said that we need to work together in order to find the necessary global solutions for our oceans, stating that no single country can ever expect to address the issue on its own.
Photograph by Alain Salvary