On November 14, 2018 MEUSAC launched a publication titled ‘EU Funds for Local Councils’ which is meant to serve as a funding opportunities guide for local councils. The publication is funded by Europe Direct Valletta, which is hosted by MEUSAC.
The venue of the launch, It-Tunnara Museum in Mellieħa, formerly the Westreme Battery, is about to undergo restoration works after the council benefited from EU funds as a result of MEUSAC’s assistance in the application process. The battery, once used as a storage facility for fishermen to store their tuna fishing nets and other fishing equipment, will be turned into an interactive centre.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia, Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis, MEUSAC Head Vanni Xuereb and the town’s mayor John Buttigieg addressed those present.
Dr Farrugia, Mr Parnis and Mr Buttigieg thanked MEUSAC for its sterling work in assisting councils and other beneficiaries to apply for EU funds. Mr Buttigieg said that he had been waiting for this opportunity to renovate the battery for quite long but thanks to EU funds, this can now be made possible. He described the EU funding application as no easy feat but the funding team at MEUSAC simplified the process.
Dr Farrugia highlighted that councils not only required funds but a service and this is where MEUSAC steps in.
He said that since 2008, MEUSAC helped local councils benefit from over €20m in funds.