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Presentazione del Co-Finanziamento del Governo al Teatru tal-Opra Aurora
8 Gennaio 2014.

PR 140021

La Societá Filarmonica Leone beneficia del co-finanziamento del Governo Maltese.

Inglese: Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli presented the sum of €15,000 to the Leone Philharmonic Society. The funds came from the Co-Financing Fund operated by the Government, which is intended to help NGOs and Local Councils to better access funding opportunities from the EU.

When an entity applies for European funding, it is obliged to fork out a percentage of the total investment. Many entities find it hard to make ends meet with this share, thus having problems with accessing European funds. Therefore, the Government fund helps entities with the remaining share not covered by the European grant.

A total of €185,000 are being allocated for this purpose by the Government this year for the use by Non-Governmental Organisations. In addition, there is another allocation for similar purposes for the use of Local Councils.

The Leone Philharmonic Society is receiving financial aid for two of its projects: €15,000 for a project which includes the installation of a hydraulic passenger elevator, a new lighting system for the Aurora Opera House and new online-ticketing software for the same theatre. Another €15,000 are being given to the Society in respect of the photovoltaic cells installation project covering half of the opera house’s mammoth roof.

During her address, Minister Dalli said that EU funds have an important role in the development of NGO’s and their work. She said that the Government is allocating such national funds to maximize EU funding opportunities.

Minister Dalli said that the Government appreciates the determination and dedication of individuals and organisations who, through their voluntary work, strive hard to raise the quality of our cultural and artistic produce. The Leone Philharmonic Society is a living proof of this. She encouraged NGOs to be professional in their work, even if it is done on a voluntary basis.

Minister Dalli said that the cultural work produced by the Aurora Opera House contributes in no small measure so that the tourist product in Gozo is improved. Therefore, the Society also has an economic role apart from its social and cultural missions.

She reminded how her Ministry is always open for voluntary organisations. She referred to MEUSAC where NGOs and Local Councils are offered aid and technical advice on how to access EU funds.

The presentation ceremony was also attended by Gozo Minister Anton Refalo and Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and European Funds Ian Borg.

Minister Refalo expressed his satisfaction at the fact that these funds are being utilized by the Aurora Theatre for their projects. He explained how these funds shall be strengthening the local and international cultural contribution of the theatre. Minister Refalo said that thanks to these funds, various cultural activities are being encouraged so that cultural tourism is sustained in Gozo.

Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg spoke about the need to guide more beneficiaries towards EU funded programmes, depending on the nature of the projects. He explained how Malta, during the last financial programme, focused its work on Structural Funds. This was good and it was something that needs to be sustained.

However, continued Parliamentary Secretary Borg, in the future, we need to look more at financial programmes aimed at NGOs, citing the Leader programme as an example. The aim of this programme, he explained, is to promote sustainable development in rural areas around Malta and Gozo.

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