Government has officially requested the European Commission to report to the European Council on the disparities in the social and economic development levels between Gozo and Malta.
The Government said it was convinced that further efforts are required to adequately support island territories to ensure that these regions are not undermined by the territorial handicaps that they faced.
“Notwithstanding the investment made [in Gozo], disparities still persist and that the development of the island of Gozo lags behind that of Malta, primarily for reasons relating to its double insularity.”
“In order to address the specific situation of Gozo, a tailor-made approach specific to the needs of Gozo is required with the aim of bolstering the island’s economic activity whilst protecting its inherent and distinctive natural features.”
“For this purpose, the government has earmarked 10 per cent of Structural and Cohesion Funds specifically to address the needs of the island of Gozo during the last two programming periods.”
Within this context, Government has invited the European Commission to propose appropriate measures, to enable the further integration of Gozo within the internal market.
“Whilst this approach aims to provide a renewed impetus for the development of the island of Gozo, the objective is to foster sustainable development within Gozo which will contribute towards a better quality of life for today’s and future generations living in Gozo.”