Citizens’ Dialogue on Cohesion Policy held in Gozo

A Citizens’ Dialogue organised by the European Commission in Malta was held in Gozo yesterday with EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu and Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella. The debate, moderated by  MEUSAC Head Vanni Xuereb, focused on Cohesion Policy.

Commissioner Cretu said that Regional Policy reduces disparities, especially in the case of insularity. “We are working towards focusing on islands that have their own important specificities. We are aware that islands always need more and particular attention.”

She said that during the current period (2014-2020), Malta has been allocated almost €900 million in Structural Funds. “Some 70% have already been allocated by Maltese authorities from the EU budget,” she added, while congratulating the Maltese government for its commitment to “improve the daily lives of its citizens”.

Commissioner Vella said that Malta and Gozo are allocated one billion euros in Cohesion funds, 10 per cent of the total being allocated to the island of Gozo.

Speaking in the context that the European Union is still enjoying the longest peace and progress period for centuries, Commissioner Cretu said the EU project has lived through 70 years of peace, describing the project as “unique”.

During the dialogue, Slido – an audience interaction tool enabling those present to engage in a Q&A discussion – was also used.

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