Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea se tindirizza d-diffikultajiet tas-sajjieda Maltin wara l-insistenza tal-PN

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea se tindirizza d-diffikultajiet tas-sajjieda Maltin wara l-insistenza tal-PN

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea kkonfermat li se tieħu miżuri sabiex tindirizza d-diffikultajiet li qegħdin jaffaċċjaw s-sajjieda Maltin li jistadu għal-lampuki, b’sajjieda Tuneżini li jistadu illegalment bil-kannizzati tagħhom. Din il-konferma min-naħa tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea waslet wara l-laqgħat li kellu l-kandidat għall-elezzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew Peter Agius fl-aħħar ġimgħat ma’ uffiċjali għolja tal-Kummissjoni fi Brussell.

Filwaqt li l-Unjoni Ewropea introduċiet regolamenti ġodda, naqset milli tipprovdi wens u protezzjoni meħtieġa lis-sajjieda Maltin. Matul il-laqgħat, Peter Agius spjega kif is-sajd bil-kannizzati għal-lampuki tirrikjedi preparazzjoni minn xhur qabel mis-sajjieda u tressqu provi miġbura mil-laqgħat mas-sajjieda Maltin li juru bastimenti Tuneżini jiksru l-liġi, u kif għal din is-sitwazzjoni jeħtieġ soluzzjoni Ewropea u koperazzjoni internazzjonali mal-awtoritajiet Tuneżini.

Min-naħa tagħha, il-Kummissjoni Ewropea qalet li se tkun qed taħdem fil-qrib mal-awtoritajiet Maltin sabiex tevalwa din il-problema u tesplora possibilitajiet ta’ azzjoni. Se tikkunsidra wkoll miżuri li jistgħu jittieħdu fil-Kummissjoni Ġenerali tas-Sajd fil-Mediterran (GFCM) sabiex din it-tip ta’ attività tiġi irregolata bl-aħjar mod, filwaqt li lesta teżamina s-sitwazzjoni f’oqsma oħra tas-sajd inkluż għall-pixxispad, li jużaw l-istess tip ta’ tagħmir sabiex jinstabu soluzjonijiet xierqa.

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea żiedet li qed taħdem biex tistabbilixxi governanza ġdida fil-Mediterran permezz tal-implimentazzjoni tad-Dikjarazzjoni MedFish4Ever bil-għan li tiżgura kundizzjonijiet ġusti u ugwali għas-sajjieda u sajd sostenibbli.

Fi stqarrija maħruġa mill-istess Peter Agius flimkien mad-deputat Edwin Vassallo, il-PN insista illi wara din il-pożizzjoni tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea, se jibqa’ jsir monitoraġġ tas-sitwazzjoni mal-uffiċjali responsabbli sabiex il-Kummissjoni ma tkaxkarx saqajha fuq din il-kwistjoni.

Farmers trapped between local and EU bureaucracy

Farmers trapped between local and EU bureaucracy

Farmers, particularly from Kerċem in Gozo, are being drowned in bureaucracy to apply both for local permits, or EU funding, when it comes to maintaining their farms and making a living.

Some farmers lost their greenhouses to adverse weather years ago and still haven’t managed to fix the damage which also affects their product yield and profit margins. In fact, three men spoke to Newsbook.com.mt just last week about the issues that local farming has to deal with, including having to directly compete with imports.

PN MEP candidate, Peter Agius, posted on Facebook this morning after meeting Gozitan farmers to discuss possibly ways forward. He suggested that planning permits need to be facilitated, and fees eliminated for farming; as well as guaranteeing replies about European funding within 6 months.

Agius turned his attention towards the Government in his post saying that the only way for this to happen would be to have dedicated officials who consider farming a priority,rather than emphasising that “it doesn’t contribute to the Gross Domestic Product”, as Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said in his Budget 2019 speech.

 

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