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Vth Italo-Maltese Financial Protocol

Introduction

 
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The Vth Italo-Maltese Financial Protocol was signed by the Italian and Maltese Governments on 20th December 2002 and ratified by the President of the Republic of Italy on 5th January 2004.
 
Through this Protocol, Italy agreed to contribute €75 million towards the improvement of Malta's economic, social, environmental and cultural infrastructure in view of the island's accession to the European Union.
 
 The Planning and Priorities Coordination Division (OPM) was the National Coordinator of the Vth Italo-Maltese Financial Protocol.  

Funded Projects

 
A total of twelve (12) projects have been funded by the Protocol which have all been completed:


Project Title
Modernisation of the Road Network Programme
Funds Allocated
€30,000,000
Implementing Agency
ADT/MUDR
Description of Project
The reconstruction of approximately 16 km of road stretches in Central to North Malta.
Project Title
Malta North Sewerage Treatment Plant
Funds Allocated
€9,353,085
Implementing Agency
WSC/MRES
Description of Project
Construction of a Sewage Treatment Plant and Infrastructure in the North of Malta, area known as ic-Cumnija. This project formed part of the Sewerage Master Plan which aimed to bring Malta in line with EU Urban Wastewater Directive - 91/271/EEC
Project Title
Italian Chair of Mediterranean and European Union Studies
Funds Allocated
€305,500
Implementing Agency
UOM/MEYE
Description of Project
The project mainly funded the provision of an Italian Chair, [a lecturer] who will work with the Director of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. The Chair had the general responsibility for the teaching programme of International Economics, Political Economy, and Macroeconomics for the academic years 2004 - 2007.
Project Title
Scholarship Awards for Maltese Students.
Funds Allocated
€123,000.
Implementing Agency
MFA
Description of Project
Provision of scholarships for Maltese students in Italy.
Project Title
Rehabilitation of 16th Century Organ, St John'sCo-Cathedral
Funds Allocated
€240,000
Implementing Agency
VRP / MRES
Description of Project
This project consisted of the restoration of a sixteenth century organ at the Oratory of St. John's Co Cathedral. This project is considered to be of importance because it focuses on one of the oldest Sicilian organ still in existence.
Project Title
Restoration of the Chapel of the Italian Langue, St John's Co-Cathedral
Funds Allocated
€402,200
Implementing Agency
VRP / MRES
Description of Project
The Cappella d'Italia project was considered to be the prototype project for the restoration of the whole of the Cathedral. The rehabilitation of the Chapel of the Italian Langue at St. John's co-Cathedral includes the restoration of the stone mouldings and their re-gilding; the restoration of the marble altar, statues and monuments as well as the restoration of the three paintings and the wooden sculptures
Project Title
Setting up of Collection and Incineration Unit at Civil Abattoir
Funds Allocated
€10,800,000
Implementing Agency
FVRD / MRAE
Description of Project
Aimed to bring Malta's abattoirs in line with EU emission standards as well as Regulation 1774/2002 EC on the incineration of waste. Consisted of the Provision of a Fixed Incinerator at the Civil Abattoir, a Mobile Incinerator and an Upgrade of the Gozo Abattoir Incinerator.
Project Title
Meat Deboning, Cutting and Packing Establishment
Funds Allocated
€1,080,000
Implementing Agency
FVRD/ MRAE
Description of Project
Involved the setting up of a deboning and cutting plant for pork and beef within the Abattoir Complex in Marsa.
Project Title
Grading and Cold Storage Facility
Funds Allocated
€1,432,276
Implementing Agency
MRAE
Description of Project
The project consisted of the re-organisation of the Pitkali Agricultural Market in Malta through the establishment of structures for the processing, conditioning and the preservation of the fruit and vegetable products and for the upgrading and utilisation of the structures according to European regulation standards.
Project Title
Strengthening Maltese Capability of Maritime Surveillance
Funds Allocated
€17,000,000
Implementing Agency
AFM/OPM
Description of Project
a) the provision of a High Seas Patrol Vessel capable of continuous navigation for a number of days to reach the required distances from the coast; b) technical documentation, spare parts and training courses for crew of Maritime Surveillance.
Project Title
Equipment and Provision of Services for Mater Dei Hospital*
Funds Allocated
€4,186,439
Implementing Agency
MHEC
Description of Project
The project consisted of the provision and installation of soft, loose and fixed furniture as well as the design, provision and installation of a storage and logistics system for the new Mater Dei Hospital of Malta
Project Title
Research in the Field of Health on Mental Retardation
Funds Allocated
€77,500
Implementing Agency
UOM/MEYE
Description of Project
This project aimed to research the prevalence of one of the most common hereditary mental retardation disorders known as the 'fragile X syndrome' in Malta. The study was being implemented by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Institute of Medical Genetics of Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome.
*The value of this project is Eur. 11,738,479 of which Eur.4,186,439 was financed from Protocol funds.