Gozo Regional Committee - Meetings

Next meeting - 27/10/2017

  • Meeting 70 - 18/10/2017

Budget measures related to Gozo.  Present: Hon. Justyne Caruana, Ministry for Gozo.

  • Meeting 69 - 04/10/2017

Making Work Pay in Gozo. / Update on the Gozo Hospital Project.  Present: Ing. Johnny Zerafa. Ministry for Gozo and Dr. Nadine Delicata, CEO of the Gozo Hospital, Vitals Healthcare. 

  • Meeting 68 - 10/08/2017

Pre-Budget Consultations 2017.  Present: Hon. Justyne Caruana, Ministry for Gozo; Hon. Aaron Farrugia, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue; Ing. Johnny Zerafa and Mr. Jospeh Dingli, Ministry for Gozo; Dr. Anthia Zammit and Mr. Brendan Zerafa, Parliamentary Secretariat for European Funds and Social Dialogue.

  • Meeting 67 - 27/07/2017

Pre-Budget Consultations 2017. / A presentation was also given by the Active Ageing Group.  Present: Hon. Justyne Caruana, Ministry for Gozo; Dr. Kristian Zammit, Mr. Patrick Vella, Mr. Alex Vella, Mrs. Johanna Tanti and Mr. Alex Gobey.

  • Meeting 66 - 13/07/2017

Briefing re. GRC focusing on Work Plan 2017. / Continuation of discussion on Devolution of Powers.  Present: Hon. Justyne Caruana, Ministry for Gozo.

  • Meeting 65 - 25/05/2017

Dr. Christian Zammit, Chief of Staff, Ministry for Gozo, addressed the committee re. Devolution of Powers to Gozo. / Review of the Role and Effectiveness of GRC.

  • Meeting 64 - 27/04/2017

Devolution of Powers to Gozo. / Review of the Role and Effectiveness of GRC.

  •  Meeting 63 - 30/03/2017

Update on Budget Measures Implementation. / A short presentation by Dr. Andrew Azzopardi, Dean Faculty of Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta.  Present: Dr. Christian Zammit, Chief of Staff, Ministry for Gozo.

  • Meeting 62 - 23/02/2017

Economic and Social Development, Threats and Opportunities Facing Gozo. / Statistics for the Island Region of Gozo: A Review of Recent and Future Developments.  Present: Mr. Mario Borg, NSO Director and Mr. Manuel Tabone, Head of Unit, Gozo NSO.

  • Meeting 61 - 26/01/2017

Work Plan 2017.

  •  Meeting 60 - 29/12/2016

Gozo's involvement in the EU Presidency.  Present: Hon. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties; Mr. Joe Camillier, Permanent Secretary, MSDC; Mr. Mario Saliba, Director Programme Implementation; Mr. Christian Zammit, Chief of Staff, Ministry for Gozo and Dr. Angele Xerri Agius, Assitant Director Programme and Implementation, Ministry for Gozo.

  •  Meeting 59 - 24/11/2016

Post-Budget discussion. / Discussion on Poverty and Minimum Wage.

  •  Meeting 58 - 27/10/2016

Post-Budget discussion.

  •  Meeting 57 - 07/09/2016

Presentation of GRC Pre-Budget Document as compiled by Dr. Gordon Cordina following submissions from GRC members to Hon. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties and Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo.

  •  Meeting 56 - 25/08/2016

Continuation of Pre-Budget Discussion.

  •  Meeting 55 - 28/07/2016

Feedback on Pre-Budget Proposals received by members.

  •  Meeting 54 - 14/07/2016

 Background on the State of the Economy and Society in Gozo by Dr. Gordon Cordina, the first in a series of pre-budget meetings. / Presentation on the National Transport Strategy and Transport Master Plan by Mr. David Sutton, Chief Officer Integrated Transport Strategy and Mr. Steve Camilleri, Senior Manager EU Affairs.

  •  Meeting 53 - 30/06/2016

Election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.

  •  Meeting 52 - 26/05/2016

Meeting with Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Deborah Schembri, accompanied by Architect Mr. Joseph Scalpello (MEPA) and Commissioner of Lands Mr. Peter Mamo.

  •  Meeting 51 - 25/02/2016

Presentation by Dr Gordon Cordina on the Permanent Link between Malta and Gozo.

  •  Meeting 50 - 28/01/2016

Gozo Channel and Sea Services by MR. Joe Cordina. / GWU in Gozo, intervention by Mr. Josef Bugeja.

  •  Meeting 49 - 27/08/2015

Discussions on the Pre-Budget Document.

  •  Meeting 48 - 24/08/2015

Priority Axis 4 Under Operational Programme II.

  •  Meeting 47 - 07/08/2015

Discussion on Transport Issues in Gozo with Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo; Mr. John Borg, Permanent Secretary; Architect Mr. Clint Camilleri, Transport Malta; Mrs. Abigail Camilleri, Coordinator and Mr. Laurie Apap, Assitant Director, Ministry for Gozo.

  •  Meeting 46 - 30/07/2015

CHOGM Update by Mrs. Jackie Micallef, Mrs. Claire Baluci and Mr. Mario Gerada.

  •   Meeting 45 - 25/06/2015

Transport issues in Gozo.

  •  Meeting 44 - 28/05/2015

EU Funds 2014-2020.  Present: Ms. Mandy Falzon, Head EU Funding, MEUSAC and Ms. Chantelle Tabone, MEUSAC Coordinator, Gozo.

  •  Meeting  43 - 30/04/2015

Continuation on Connectivity and Broadband. 

  •  Meeting 42 - 26/03/2015

Connectivity and Broadband.

  •  Meeting 41 - 12/03/2015

Commonwealth People's Forum Delegation meets with GRC.  Present: Mrs. Jacqueline Micallef Grimaud, Chair, People's Forum Subcommittee; Ms. Myn Garcia, Deputy Director, Commonwealth Foundation; Mr. Belisario Nieto, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Foundation; Mr. Jamea Breithaupt, Knowledge and Learning Officer Commonwealth Foundation; Ms. Mariom Villanueva, Advisor-Governance, Commonwealth Foundation; Dr. Claire Baluci, Member, People's Forum Subcommittee, Mr. Mario Gerada, Member, People's Forum Subcommittee and Ms. Rita Vella, CHOGM 2015 Taskforce.

  •  Meeting 40 - 29/01/2015

A way forward for the GRC. / Suggestions from all members on initiatives that the GRC can take to become a more proactive and effective committee.

  •  Meeting 39 - 18/12/2014

GRC Plan 2015.  Present: Hon. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties and Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo.

  •  Meeting 38 - 30/09/2014

Meeting re. Pre-Budget.

  •  Meeting 37 - 28/08/2014

Meeting regarding Pre-Budget with Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo.

  •  Meeting 36 - 31/07/2014

First Pre-Budget discussions.

  •  Meeting 35 - 24/07/2014

Meeting with Mr. Michael Pace Ross, Director General NSO.

  •  Meeting 34 - 25/06/2014

Meeting with Mr. Henri Malosse, European Economic and Social Committee.

  •   Meeting 33 - 28/05/2014

MEPA Demerger.  Present: Hon. Leo Brincat, Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change and Hon. Michael Falzon, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes.

  • Meeting 32 - 24/04/2014

Meeting with prospective Members of European Parliament to discuss issues of particular relevance to the island of Gozo.  The following MEP election candidates were present: Mr. Ivan Mintoff and Mr. Anthony Calleja - Alleanza Bidla; Mr. Ray Bugeja - PN; Mr. Clint Camilleri, Architect MR. Lino Bianco and Dr. Alfred Sant - PL.

  • Meeting 31 - 25/03/2014

Jobs+ update with a particular focus on Gozo.  Present: Mr. Clyde Caruana.

Elections of GRC Chairperson and Substitute.  During this meeting  Mr. Michael Grech and Mr. Joe Muscat were confirmed as Chairperson and Subsitute of the GRC respectively.

  •  Meeting 29 - 19/12/2013

The unemployment situation in Gozo and schemes, provided by ETC, which Gozitans can benefit from.  Mr. Alfred Grixti, ETC Chairman.

  •  Meeting 28 - 28/11/2013

Issues of relevance to Gozo.  Present Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo.

  •  Meeting 27 - 21/10/2013

MEUSAC Services in Gozo.  Present: Dr. Vanni Xuereb and MEUSAC Team.

  •  Meeting 26 - 16/10/2013

GRC Plenary Meeting. General discussion on GRC proceedings.

  •  Meeting 25 - 26/09/2013

GRC Plenary Meeting. / General discussion on GRC proceedings.

  •  Meeting 24 - 17/09/2013

Pre-Budget Meeting with Hon. Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance.

  •  Meeting 23 - 01/08/2013

Introduction of the Directorate for the Maltese Living Abroad.  Present: Dr. Raymond Xerri.

  •  Meeting 22 - 25/07/2013

Jobs+ discussion.  Present: Mr. Clyde Caruana.

 The GRC  had the opportunity to meet with The Hon. Prime Minister on 22.10.2013 and discuss issues of relevance to the sister island.  A report which was drafted by the Committee was presented to The Hon. Prime Minister.

  •  Meeting 21 - 17/07/2013

Maximising Gozo’s potential mainly in the Tourism sector and also on creating jobs for young Gozitans.

  • Meeting 20 - 27/06/2013

The role and the various functions of the OHSA.  Presentation: Mr. Charles Fenech.

  •  Meeting 19 - 13/6/13

During this meeting there was the delivery of information about helicopter service that used to operate in Gozo and information on the Gozo Airstrip proposal and Civil Aviation in Gozo.  Mr. Stephen Muscat, Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate and Mr. Johan Debattista responsible for aviation matters within the Ministry for Tourism. Discussion on Foreign Direct Investment in Gozo, Maximising Gozo’s potential mainly in the Tourism sector, Creating jobs for Young Gozitans.

  •  Meeting 18 - 17/5/13

Issues of particular relevance to Gozo – accessibility, broadband connectivity, De Minimis Aid.

  • Meeting 17 - 25/4/13

Services offered by FHRD. / Issues of particular relevance to Gozo.  Presentation by Mr. Joe Gerada, CEO FHRD.

  •  Meeting 16 - 21/3/13

Malta Tourism Authority’s related policies and issues regarding Gozo.  Present Mr. Formosa Gauci, MTA.

  • Meeting 15 - 28/2/13

Main issues discussed, Gozo NGO’s Association substitute nomination to represent them in the GRC, GRC as MEPA’s interlocutor concerning Gozitan affairs, Dispatch of letter to MEPA by GRC, Information Sessions organised by the Central Bank of Malta on the Second Series of Banknotes, GRC Meeting with the Civil Society within the MCESD, Seminar on Conflict Management Skills for GRC Members and component entities.

  • Meeting 14 - 18/2/13

Malta Environment & Planning Authority’s related policies and issues in Gozo. / Associated anomalies in individual’s  MEPA cases notorious to GRC members.

  • Meeting 13 - 31/01/13

Decision for members to inform their substitutes to attend the GRC meeting in their absence and procedure, Gozo NGO’s Association nomination/s, Resignation en bloc of the GRC, Age Concern in Gozo, Involvement of the General Public on topics to be discussed during GRC Meetings with particular authorities.  Up coming GRC Meetings with MEPA and MTA.

  • Meeting 12 - 27/12/2012

Malta Environment & Planning Authority's related policies and issues in Gozo and associated anomalies in individual's MEPA casas notorious to GRC Members. MEPA officials present: Dr. Ian Stafrace, CEO, Mr. Chris Borg, Mr. Francis Ebejer and Ms. Petra Bianchi.

  • Meeting 11 - 25/10/2012  

Transport Malta Issues in Malta and Gozo.  Present: Mr. David Sutton. / Re appointment of Chairpersons and submission nominations for members, both to serve in the Industrial Tribunal.  Present: Mr. Konrad Pule, The Next Leap - Active Labour Market Policy (ALMP) as proposed by UHM, Mr. Ivan Pierre Vella and Mr. Rueben Said.

  • Meeting 10 - 16/10/2012  

The Next Leap - Active Labour Market Policy (ALMP) as proposed by UHM.

  • Meeting 9 - 27/09/2012    

Urgent Meeting with Transport Malta. / Separate Meetings with the Leadership of Malta's main Political Parties. / Pre Budget Public Dialogues. / Prepare point form with GRC Pre Budget 2013 Proposals.

  • Meeting 8 - 12/09/2012    

Prepare point form document with GRC pre-Budget proposal, presentation by GRC to Malta Enterprise. 

  • Meeting 7 - 30/08/2012   

NSO Statistics. / Standing Order vs. GRC Statute. / Pre Budget 2013 Proposals & Presentation by GRC at MCESD.

  • Meeting 6 - 08/08/2012    

No Quorum.       

  •  Meeting 5 - 26/07/2012    

Statute for GRC.

  • Meeting 4 - 29/03/2012   

Education WoG. / Ageing WoG. / Budget Proposals. / Caritas Study. / Declaration on Gozo. / Gozo HR Study. / SPED Consultation. / Closer to Europe Project. 

  • Meeting 3 - 15/03/2012    

Plenary meeting.  Present Hon. Chris Said, Ministry for Gozo.

  • Meeting 2- 23/02/2012    

Education WoG. / Open Government Partnership. / Ageing WoG.

  • Meeting 1 - 26/01/2012  

Declaration on Gozo. / Open Government Partnership.


Other Meetings    

  1. 10th October 2008
  2. 22nd October 2008
  3. 30th October 2008
  4. 21st October 2008
  5. 25th November 2008
  6. 27th November 2008
  7. 11th December 2008
  8. 22nd January 2009
  9. 24th January 2009
  10. 29th January 2009
  11. 5th March 2009
  12. 29th March 2009
  13. 30th April 2009
  14. 7th May 2009
  15. 1st July 2009
  16. 27th August 2009
  17. 24th September 2009
  18. 5th November 2009
  19. 3rd December 2009
  20. 28th January 2010
  21. 11th February 2010
  22. 25th February 2010
  23. 25th March 2010
  24. 22nd April 2010
  25. 20th May 2010
  26. 24th June 2010
  27. 29th July 2010
  28. 26th August 2010
  29. 30th September 2010
  30. 28th October 2010
  31. 19th November 2010
  32. 26th November 2010
  33. 27th January 2011
  34. 11th February 2011
  35. 24th February 2011
  36. 7th March 2011
  37. 11th March 2011
  38. 14th March 2011
  39. 30th March 2011
  40. 29th April 2011
  41. 12th May 2011
  42. 26th May 2011
  43. 30th June 2011
  44. 20th July 2011
  45. 21st July 2011
  46. 25th August 2011
  47. 24th September 2011
  48. 6th October 2011
  49. 3rd November 2011
  50. 23rd November 2011

The Gozo Regional Committee has met on the above dates. This Committee has discussed various issues such as regional statistics for Gozo, public transport reform, waste management policy for Gozo, yearly Budget proposals, European Funds, Tourism prospects in Gozo, as well as the difficulties related to the double insularity of Gozo.