The Malta Independent 17 July 2019, Wednesday

Partit Demokratiku calls for a Green Economic Malta Project

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 13:42 Last update: about 2 months ago

Party Demokratiku said today that to sustain our way of living and leave a healthy planet for our children, the European Union must be a leading force in the world in addressing climate change, ocean health and sustainable growth.

“Malta should immediately embark on a Malta Project where our next budget should be one that addresses a circular economy, one that reduces waste and uses our natural resources efficiently. Our natural capital has an economic value too. A circular economy has a huge potential to foster jobs and sustainable growth”, states party leader Hon Dr Godfrey Farrugia.

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“Nature does not have borders. It is logical that we all have to work to protect our diminishing natural capital and safeguard our environment. The European Union must be a driver for the international Paris Agreement on biodiversity,” states MEP candidate Camilla Appelgren.

A 2020 Malta budget should be a Malta Project, whereby we strive to reach the 2050 European Union target to have a carbon neutral economy and where we should pave our way forward to have zero emission vehicles on our roads and decarbonise all types of transport. While the 2050 targets are not ambitious enough, we must start working now to catch up on time already lost.

"European Union Cohesion Funds should be addressed to support programmes or projects which work with the Paris Agreement and which help us to reach climate and energy objectives. We all depend on nature for food, air and water. These are the real needs which stimulate sustainable economic growth." states General Secretary and MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott.

"A coalition of 8 European Union member states, led by France, have proposed that 25% of the European budget should go towards combating climate change and the creation of a sustainable and circular economy on the continent. Malta should show leadership by supporting this initiative, and reap the resulting benefits," states MEP candidate Dr Anthony Buttigieg.
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