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Cassola condemns Infrastructure Malta’s road widening in Gozo

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In a press conference held in front of the road widening project by Infrastructure Malta in Rabat, Gozo, Independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola voiced strong opposition to the destruction of Gozo’s natural beauty, insisting that it contradicts the island’s “Eco-Gozo” philosophy.

“What is happening here is exactly the opposite of what should be happening in Gozo. The natural beauty of Gozo should be left untouched. Instead of mass tourism, Gozo should focus on niche tourism areas like diving, walking, rural, and religious tourism, which benefit from generous EU aid programs such as COSME,” he said.

Cassola argued that soft tourism protects natural beauty while yielding higher economic returns and also called for improved transport systems, suggesting better access for cyclists and pedestrians, and increasing public transport frequency from once an hour to at least three times an hour.

Criticising local Gozitan ministers Clint Camilleri, Anton Refalo, and Jo Etienne Abela, Cassola highlighted their focus on nepotism and false promises, such as the Marsalforn Breakwater and the Gozo tunnel, rather than genuine Eco-Gozo initiatives. He urged for a shift towards renewable energy and quality jobs in agriculture, tourism, research, and innovation.

Cassola concluded, “We should stop the farce of a fake non-functional semi-autonomous region. Gozo should become a real European region with a directly elected regional council to better benefit from European regional funds. The rampant, unplanned building spree must stop immediately to preserve Gozo’s natural heritage and beauty, which is crucial for the island’s economy.”

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