The Gozo Enterprise Chamber has criticised Opposition Leader Bernard Grech for suggesting that a referendum is held amongst Gozitans on the notion of owning a lasting connection among the two islands.
Past Sunday, Grech insisted that a decision on whether a permanent backlink is the most effective remedy requires to be taken soon after all scientific studies are concluded. He also suggested that as soon as these studies are carried out, a referendum should really acquire spot between Gozitans regarding the conclusion on the tunnel.
The Chamber referred to the motion tabled in Parliament (Motion no. 233) on 17 April 2019. The motion referred to the long term connection, which project experienced commenced all through the 2008-2013 administration, and continued below subsequent legislatures with various research which have been published by Transport Malta.
The motion was accepted by the two sides of the Residence.
Supplied the in depth period, function, the reports that have already been undertaken on the task, the publication of a pre-qualication questionnaire, and the submissions produced, calling into dilemma this challenge at this stage by a referendum would not be ideal.
These kinds of a move must have been carried out when this task was at first incorporated in the countrywide coverage agenda. The feasibility and the continuation of the venture should really only be established as a result of the complex reports that have been and are nonetheless to be carried out. This is an critical very long-term undertaking which envisages numerous legislatures.
Inside of this context the movement that had been authorized in Parliament, led to an settlement from both sides of the Property on the strategic direction to be adopted on this task. Tinkering with these kinds of an important prolonged-time period challenge which has numerous benefits for the Gozitan society and economic system is not appropriate. This would place again to the drawing board an critical project which has been in the pipeline for a lot of decades.
As reiterated several occasions by the Gozo Business Chamber, the long-lasting website link would degree out the inequalities between the Gozitan and the Maltese financial state. It would make living in Gozo a alternative which is not constrained by the current physical limitations, whereby youths who want to settle in Gozo can do so freely. From an economic viewpoint it would suggest that the existing restrictions connected to insularity would no for a longer time be the circumstance.