While addressing an activity in Gozo as part of the ‘Inġeddu Malta Flimkien’ conference, the prime Minister and Labour Party Leader, Robert Abela, said that Gozo has three main pillars that are the change to digital, investment for Gozo to become carbon neutral and the upgrading of the quality of life.
The PM announced the Government is in consultation to strengthen connectivity between Malta and Gozo through an air-link project while he explained that works on its infrastructure will not be on any agricultural land. Dr Abela said that sea communication will be strengthened by Gozo Channel which will have a fourth vessel that will be operated without causing any pollution.
He said that building development should continue but in a sustainable manner as has been stressed by measures taken. Another ambitious aim is that Gozo will become the first locality to be carbon-free. Climate change is proving to be a great challenge, even greater than the challenges presented by the pandemic. For the first time Gozo will have autonomy in its water supply provision.
Regarding EU Funds, Dr Abela said that over the coming seven years Gozo is to be allocated €162 to be utilised for projects and initiatives. This, he said, is €50 million more than previously negotiated by a Nationalist Government. The PM ended by saying that the refuse dump at Qortin has benefitted from an investment of €3 million and in the coming weeks a park is to be inaugurated similar to the one that exists at Wied Fulija in Żurrieq.