Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Malta missed it. Why?

The local media missed it. Arnold Cassola mentioned this during his first speech as new AD Leader. I am told that the One News were more interested to report that Dr. Vassallo cleaned up the office toilet. The Net News (as typical under GonziPN) did not give coverage at all. The printed media missed on this one as well. How insular we are at times. I feel sad.

On the 10th June 2008 (just 7 days ago) all EU member states participated in the Urban Audit. Sorry not ALL member states. The government of the Republic of Malta was not there. Why? Was he busy following the latest developments at Mistra and Fort Cambridge in order to give his trademark on environmental credibility?

The Urban Audit brings together a broad range of indicators on the quality of life in European cities.

The purpose of the conference was twofold:

  • To provide information on The Urban Audit to city representatives and other interested communities. Beyond participants in the Urban Audit, the conference provides the opportunity for anyone interested in urban statistics to collect useful information and make contacts.
  • To present the ways in which the Commission, Member States and cities have benefited from the Urban Audit.

A number of key questions for the future of cities were dealt with during the conference, including the aging of the population, migration phenomena, housing, competitiveness and the attractiveness of cities. Each of these areas was addressed by the Urban Audit.

Is the government of Malta not interested? I think that when the Malta Independent on Sunday editor choose to give such a title to the Gozo as an ecological island concept was right. He called it: Gozo an ecological island? You must be joking


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