I have just launched my campaign as candidate for an MEP seat with the Nationalist Party. I believe that European accession was a big leap forward for Malta. However, the European benna did not reach all quarters of society. It also failed to reach up north, beyond the pier at Ċirkewwa.
Gozo was lagging behind Malta in 2004. It is now lagging behind even further. Its GDP per capita is barely half that of Malta. The flagship industries that have grown and diversified our economy, namely financial services, gaming, pharmaceuticals and other high-end manufacturing, are virtually absent from the island. Moreover, more than half of its economy is solely dependent on tourism, a risky economic strategy.
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