Parliament yesterday unanimously approved the resolution brought forward by the government on a permanent link between Gozo and Malta.
Prime Minister, Jospeh Muscat, has accepted a number of amendments that have been put forward by the Opposition on the motion. He has also committed to published all the reports relating to the project.
Muscat said that this is a major pledge from all the parties in Parliament, and not just of the government. He also added that the government is looking in the long term so that the project is finished in the shortest time possible whilst respecting the law and the natural environment.
From his end, Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that it is positive that government and opposition have found common grounds on the tunnel project. He added that this should not stop the government to address the current issues of connectivity between the two islands.
During the presentation of the motion, Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana said that she will not allow Gozo to become a ”block of concrete.” The Minister said that amongst other issues, people are fearsome that Gozo becomes an extension of Malta with concrete structures starting to pop up everywhere. She added that Gozo should only change if the people of Gozo want their land to change.
Partit Nazzjonalista MP Chris Said described this point in time as important. He went on to say that back in 2011, a nationalist government had brought over foreign experts to consult on the project and that Malt Macdonald had also published a report which was the start of a long process that spanned through three legislatures.