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REGION DE LA SEMAINE

Malta

(01 - 10 - 2013)

Malta

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn meets Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs of Malta on 1 October to discuss the preparation of the 2014-2020 programming period as well as to take stock of the implementation of the current programming period.

Sustaining a growing, knowledge-based and competitive economy; improving Malta's attractiveness and quality of life; investing in human capital; and addressing Gozo island’s regional distinctiveness are the main priorities for the country.

 

What are the country's priorities and how is EU regional policy contributing?

In particular, the EU Regional policy funding is being invested in the following areas:

  • Investments in sustainable environment and risk prevention, including waste and water management systems
  • Improvement and expansion of the transport infrastructure
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Support for entrepreneurship and RTDI investments
  • Development of tourism infrastructure and promotion of culture
  • Urban regeneration, health care and social infrastructure
  • Job creation, social inclusion and equal opportunities

For the 2007-2013 period, Malta has been allocated more than €840 million of Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund financing under the Convergence Objective. 

Between 2007 and 2012, among others, 22 new/modernized specialized learning facilities were constructed/refurbished, 19 tourism and cultural projects were supported, 29 renewable energy projects with 11,213.68kwp/annum of installed photovoltaic/micro-wind system, 65 new e-services for the public and the business community, as well as 643 operations benefitting from Aid Schemes. 53 enterprises adopted new products /processes, 0.11 km2 of area has been rehabilitated, 5.82 GWh/annum of renewable energy has been recovered from waste and the national sewage effluent discharge decreased by 80%.

Malta has a small open economy that relies heavily on external trade, particularly with other EU countries.  Malta is taking full advantage of European Territorial Cooperation by participating in the cross-border cooperation programme with Italy, transnational cooperation programme between EU Member States in the Mediterranean region as well as interregional cooperation programmes.

 

Project examples:

Reconstruction of Fort St. Elmo EU contribution EUR 12 276 000

The project entails the embellishment of Fort St. Elmo Heritage including a Military History Museum (including the current national Museum) and Story of Valletta, a rampart walk along Caraffa Enceinte. Other facilities related to tourism, leisure, education and the application of heritage will be provided. Historic buildings, structures and spaces will be restored. This former place of war will be converted into a place for tourism, leisure, education and the appreciation of heritage.

 

Biomalta - Setting up a Life Science Center EU contribution EUR 17 600 000

The building of a Life Sciences Centre located close to the Hospital and University which will focus on Life Sciences and associated technologies and will incorporate pharmaceutical /biotech laboratories and research facilities aimed at supporting knowledge-based companies, especially SMEs. The Centre will increase skills in the sector and drive R&D activity and will incubate new enterprises.

 

Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal EU contribution EUR 8 800 000

A modern ferry terminal has been built at Malta’s Ċirkewwa harbour. The new terminal on the northern tip of the island will improve service for commuters, especially residents of the island of Gozo, tourism and cargo traffic, and boost the economy.

 

Regeneration of Vittoriosa waterfront, Cottonera EU contribution EUR 8 million

The major regeneration scheme in Cottonera, on the south coast of Malta, has seen a revamp of the Vittoriosa waterfront, improving the quality of life for residents and visitors as well as boosting economic development. The project encompasses the refurbishment of historic buildings, housing and an old dock area as well as the implementation of improvements to accessibility and the area’s transport links. The disused former industrial land has been made accessible and is now being used for leisure and social purposes.

 

Oncology Centre at the Mater Dei Hospital EU contribution EUR 41.5 million

The Mater Dei Hospital Oncology Centre is part of the new acute general hospital in Msida, close to the island's capital Valletta. It aims to treat 60 % of all Malta's cancer patients and is in keeping with Malta's National Cancer Plan (2010-15), whose aims include reduced waiting times for patients and better therapeutic practice.

 

Further information:

Maltese Managing Authority

EU co financed projects in Malta