The Gozo Regional Youth Council

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Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo welcomed the establishement of the Gozo Regional Youth Council and stated that the future of our society lies with our youths. Dr Anton Refalo said "the need to establish this Council had been identified for quite some time.  Today, another electoral pledge has been enacted by this government so as to give a voice to the Gozitan youth and help them contribute to the development of this island".

The Regional Youth Council has the aim to be an effective voice for young Gozitans and help them participate actively in the islands administrative, social, economic, cultural and educational aspects.  The Council will also be of assistance to government for consultation purposes.

From the very beginning of this legislature, the Minister for Gozo met various stakeholders in order to understand the needs of Gozitan youths.  The double insularity Gozo retains poses special needs and thus requires special treatment.  We need to be pro-active and promote politics which take care of everyones needs.

A total of 25 groups have registered their interest to join the Gozo Regional Youth Council.  Hon. Anton Refalo encouraged more groups to join this Council.  A long consultation process was held with various Gozitan youth representatives so as to draft a statute for this Council.  The statute was adopted during the General meeting and the Gozo Regional Youth Council was effectively constituted.

The Minister for Gozo firmly believes in the youths potential contribution around the consultation table and looks forward to discuss issues of socio-economic interest for Gozo with this Council.   

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18. 05. 2014