Farmland – The Malta Independent


Alfred Sant, MEP

Thursday December 31st, 2020, 07:49 AM
Last update: about 12 months ago



It’s a shame that we seem to rank lower in terms of importance to farmland that is still being used by full and part-time workers. It has always been my belief that we should regard all of these lands as extremely valuable. When I was active in local politics, I considered saving farmland to be a national priority.

We would launch campaigns against developers who wanted to build, dig or pile trash on productive land. Today, this priority seems to have been completely forgotten. The greatest enthusiasm is given to the construction of flyovers, which do not always seem to have a serious reason for being except to give a boost to road builders. Such projects continue to invade areas which, until some time ago, were used for agricultural activity.

Traffic is improving to the detriment of agriculture, which is still declining. If a road can be widened then do it and forget about the fact that it will erode more land that is now available for agriculture. It has become the indicative. In addition, the privileged villas are preferred over the demands of the farm – so that one can see arrogantly arranged in their direction, roads that are not necessary except for the convenience of the villa owners.

It is not fair.

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TRADE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT

The agreement on “trade and cooperation” between the UK and the EU to determine how they will conduct their relations in the future is a complicated text. This does not make it easier to read. The principles and general rules that it sets out are clear and straightforward. But how they are to be implemented as outlined in the annexes to the agreement, which make up the bulk of the document, requires careful study. It takes a good understanding of the sector details they deal with in order to assess their impact.

Certainly, this is what happens with most “trade and cooperation” agreements that nations can sign in the world today.

This means that all EU member states need to scrutinize the deal in detail to see how it will affect their own particular interests. One might fear that due to the haste with which this has to be done, not all will be able to conduct a sufficiently comprehensive assessment.

Meanwhile, with its very title and lukewarm undertones, the agreement signals the start of a radical change in the European political and economic space.

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NEW YEAR

Best wishes for the new year, analyzes of 2020, predictions on what could happen as early as January 1, 2021 … it’s a big dance, as was to be expected.

The success of the new year, less unpleasant than the 2020 which has just ended, will probably depend on each of us. Too much haste in a return to “normalcy” or slackening in the application of the public health guidelines that will be necessary to achieve it could lead to results as unpleasant as those we have had to live with in recent months.

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BEST WISHES

Despite this, all our best wishes for a new year 2021 which will bring prosperity and good health to all.


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