Sant will “advocate the values, interests and needs of Gozo in Europe”
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“The necessary balance is missing when it comes to the EU’s one-size-fits-all policy which goes against Malta and Gozo’s interests,” said Alfred Sant during a series of meetings with social clubs, farmers and tourism operators in Gozo.
He explained that “this is a necessary balance that respects the values, interests and needs of small islands like Malta and Gozo and should be found in the European institutions in the next five years.”
“During the last European Parliament legislature, I managed to secure €10 million for the provision of clean air in small islands like Gozo,” said Dr Sant. He added, “this I did with the help of other MEPs from Croatia, Sicily and Sardegna.”
Referring to Agriculture in Gozo, Sant said that this problem was camouflaged with EU subsidies during the first year’s of Malta’s EU membership.
Much more needs to be done to breathe new life among Gozitan farmers, said Alfred Sant. “Agriculture should remain the livelihood of farmers and we should encourage young people to pursue a career in this important industry.”
Alfred Sant lauded the huge investments in recent months by the owners of the Ta’ Cenc Hotel in Sannat to further upgrade, what he described as “this unique hotel in Gozo.”
Sant said that enormous progress has been made in the tourism industry in Gozo in the last ten years.
He argued that, “we must sell Gozo as a separate destination, with publicity specifically focused on these lines. We must improve connectivity between Malta and Gozo, by fast ferry and helicopter. We must safeguard underwater fishing in Gozo, as much as we protect Gozo’s historical and natural attractions.”
“A concerted effort needs to be done to attract cruise-liners to Gozo when they visit Malta,” said Sant.
“Every solution to meet Gozo’s challenges should reflect the need to protect Gozo’s natural and architectural heritage,” stated Alfred Sant.
He concluded by promising that if he receives popular support in the forthcoming European elections he will continue to voice Gozitan concerns and aspirations in Europe.