Gozo Minister attends CPMR Political Bureau AGM in Donegal
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The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana has been in Donegal, Ireland, where she addressed the annual general meeting of the Conference of Peripheral Maritme Regions (CPMR) Political Bureau.
Among the leading topics discussed during this meeting was the cohesion policy following the end of the current programme and what funds are available for European regions participating, as well as the challenge of accessibility and connectivity between the islands through infrastructure improvements.
These points were discussed in detail with a view to addressing the opportunities and challenges of the regions and islands throughout the Europe Union.
The Minister spoke about the position of Malta, especially Gozo, regarding the Cohesion Policy to be adopted by the European Union in the next budget.
Dr Caruana said that the funds invested through the programme that comes to an end in 2020, have helped Gozo address the challenges related with sustainable development, the double insularity, enhancing investment in human capital and improving the infrastructure of Gozo.
Minister Justyne Caruana explained that through European funds, Gozo has benefited considerably, but there is still much to be done.
She said that the Ministry for Gozo’s commitment “led it to continue to identify further funding opportunities to be able to implement the strategy for the regional development of Gozo.”
During the conference several bilateral meetings were also held to explore new fields of cooperation especially between those regions in the Mediterranean