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Title: Negotiations on Gozo and the EU
Authors: Busuttil, Simon
Keywords: European Union -- Malta -- Gozo
European Union countries -- Foreign relations -- Malta -- Gozo
Gozo (Malta) -- Foreign relations -- European Union countries
Gozo (Malta) -- Economic policy
Gozo (Malta) -- Economic aspects
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Malta. Gozo Campus
Citation: Busuttil, S. (2003). Negotiations on Gozo and the EU. Gozo Observer, 9, 17-20.
Abstract: In 2000, Gozo's regional GDP stood at just 71.7% of Malta's national average, which in turn, is just over half of the EU average. This means that Gozo lags far behind when compared to EU countries. The EU Treaty acknowledges that island regions, such as Gozo, may suffer certain disadvantages which need to be addressed. Malta claimed that Gozo suffers from permanent disadvantages as a result of its status as a small island within an archipelago of islands (double insularity), its small population size coupled with high population density, its limited resources and its environmental fragility. Gozo also has an over-dependence on the primary sector (agriculture) and on the secondary sector (industry) of employment. All these factors have an impact on the economic and social development of Gozo. In order to address Gozo's disadvantages, Malta sought to negotiate a special arrangement for Gozo that takes into account both its funding requirements as well as its other needs.
Appears in Collections:The Gozo Observer - Issue 09, February 2003
The Gozo Observer - Issue 09, February 2003

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