REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL 2019 report on the economic and social situation of Gozo (Malta)
1. This document sets out the economic and social situation of Gozo, in particular the disparities of the social and economic development levels between Gozo and Malta. It provides an assessment by reviewing recent trends on a series of dimensions and indicators relevant for the development of Gozo, i.e. demography and labour market, structure of the economy and economic growth, geography and accessibility. It proposes appropriate measures to enable the further integration of Gozo within the internal market.
2. The commission finds that the GDP per capita differences between Gozo and the main island of Malta have slightly increased over time mainly because the island of Malta has a more service-oriented economy than the island of Gozo, which relies more on agriculture, fishing and construction activities.
3. The commission calls on Maltese authorities to consider the investment and structural measures needed, both at national and at Gozitan levels, to reduce the GDP per capita gap.
5. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has responsibility for United Kingdom policy on European Union monetary and economic issues. The Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary and the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU are responsible for overall United Kingdom policy towards the European Union.