The environment and health will most benefit from EU Funds

Preparations are underway for the implementation of various projects to be financed by the Malta Plan for Recovery and Resilience, some of the projects having been listed in the forthcoming Budget for next year.

Over the next six years, 17 projects have to be carried out as well as 30 reforms at a cost of €345 million with the EU committed to finance about 92% of the expenses.

During a media conference the Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds, Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, gave details of some of measures.

Among various environmental projects there will be financial support for the purchase of electric-powered vehicles, the installation of charging pillars throughout the country, the building of a new mooring wharf at St Paul’s Bay, the building of a new and sustainable school that will be free of carbon emissions and the Shore-to-Ship Project so that vessels entering the Freeport will make use of electric energy from the national grid and thus reduce emissions in the Birżebbuġa zone.

Dr Zrinzo Azzopardi said that after the conclusion of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, this will now be followed by the signing for Malta to receiving its first funds. He also mentioned several projects connected to digital transmissions, including the Outpatients Department at Mater Dei Hospital.

In the health sector EU Funds will be used, among others, for the purchase of sophisticated apparatus for the Oncology Centre to provide better treatment for cancer victims.

In addition, a new blood collection centre is to be built as well as for the processing cells and textures.