Eco-Gozo grants €660,558 to 13 projects by Gozitan Local Councils

 IMG 3771Eight Gozitan Local Councils and three Hamlets were together awarded a total grant of €660,588 from the eco-Gozo budget to fund 95% of the total cost of each of the thirteen projects selected amongst those submitted in a scheme sponsored by the Ministry for Gozo. The funds derive from the €25 million allocated for the eco-Gozo vision by Government for the implementation of the short-term stratagem over three years.

A total of 13 projects have qualified for 95% of the total expenditure.  Every local council or administrative committee benefited from up to a maximum of €70,000 grant for the implementation of one or more projects that are listed in the short-term measures.

Details of all awarded projects were given during a press conference by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono. This also included the signing of contracts with the respective Local Councils and Administrative committees.  Minister Giovanna Debono expressed her satisfaction at the interest shown by Gozitan Local Councils and Administrative committees in this scheme.  All awarded projects had to be in line with the eco-Gozo vision and be in accordance with one or more of the 80 measures listed in the action plan.  “In this way, local councils and administrative committees will also participate in our endeavours to make the eco-Gozo vision a reality”, concluded the Minister for Gozo.

During the signing of contracts, details on each project were given.  These include building of rubble walls, conservation of rural and characteristic areas, restoration of historical and old buildings, and rehabilitation of promenades.  Other environment related projects include the cleaning of valleys, better use of energy saving lighting and the replacement of vehicles with eco-friendly ones.  All these projects will contribute towards the implementation of one or more of the 80-measures found in the eco-Gozo short-term action plan.

The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono also announced that a similar call will be issued shortly for those councils who did not manage to submit eligible entries or others who have not yet availed themselves of the maximum allocation of €70,000.

All 13 projects awarded are to be concluded by the end of this year while those who will apply under the second scheme should be concluded by February.