Over €6.5 million in EU funded social projects

DOI - Clodagh Farrugia O'Neill

Four projects are benefiting from just over €6.5 million from the European Economic Area (EEA), more specifically the Norway Programme 2014-2021. The Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds, Aaron Farrugia, said that this is part of the vision this government has to follow the European social model.

The EEA/Norway Programme 2014-2021 will include a number of projects focusing on social inclusion, youth employment, and poverty reduction. Malta will be getting a total of €8 million in EEA and Norwegian Grants to also tackle challenges such as the ageing population, the long-term sustainability of welfare states, and the impact of technological change on the workforce.

Pre-defined projects already implemented:

  • ‘Reduction in social inequalities in health and the burden of disease’ – Ministry for Health, €2,407,059
  • ‘Opportunity Knocks’ – Appoġġ Agency, €941,176
  • ‘Training of Local Council Staff in Principles of Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability’ – Ministry for Local Government, €200,000
  • Additional grants for Local Councils in Urban Areas, €1,100,000
  • ‘The Malta Maritime Museum: local development through cultural heritage’ – Heritage Malta, €2,015,529

The Norwegian Ambassador to Malta Margit Tweitan added to what the Parliamentary Secretary said by pointing out that the programme contributes to increased bilateral exchanges and significant transfer of knowledge. Thus, the relationship between Malta and Norway is being further strengthened.