The Europe Direct Information Centre in Gozo organised a discussion on ‘What Europe does for me – Why should I vote?’ in Victoria. The aim of the event was for Gozitan youths to raise their concerns/issues related to the EU and to raise awareness about the role of Parliament and the EU among the younger generation.
European Parliament prospective candidates Anotine P. Borg (Independent), Arnold Cassola (Independent), Martin Cauchi Inglott (Democratic Party), Josianne Cutajar (PL) and David Stellini (PN) discussed several issues relevant to Gozo. They were interviewed by Carla Galea, former KSU president.
Topics discussed included Gozo EU funding; whether the 10 per cent suggested by the government was sufficient for Gozo; and what kind of regionality authority would suit Gozo best.
Gozitan Association of Employees in Malta president Sean Zammit asked whether the EU has lost its touch with the citizens and praised the creation of the Gozo Regional Development Authority, while Manuel Xuereb queried whether all EU citizens should vote for the European Commission President. Almost all candidates rejected the idea of federalising the EU institutions. However, some candidates wanted to have a simpler bureaucracy.
The Malta-Gozo tunnel project was also discussed. Mr Stellini suggested a regional referendum, while Ms Cutajar was in favour of the project and insisted it should start soon.
Other speakers were sceptic.
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