Green politics 'making inroads' in the Med
- Green politics 'making inroads' in the Med.
The Maltese Greens were working to ensure that the Maltese would enjoy
the same quality of life as other European Union citizens, said Stephen
Cachia, Alternattiva Demokratika's general secretary.
He was speaking at the bi-annual Mediterranean Network meeting 2002 being
hosted by AD on behalf of of the European Federation of Green Parties.
The theme of the meeting is "Free Trade and Globalisation - Economic,
Social and Environmental Implications". Representatives from Green
parties from Malta, France, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Italy,
civil society organisations, trade unions, technical experts as well as
the minister and shadow minister of finance are also participating in the
three-day meeting which started yesterday.
"It is encouraging that Green politics is making inroads in Mediterranean
countries. The Greens are already represented in the national parliaments
of EU countries like France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and also in Cyprus, a
candidate country like Malta. We are confident that the Maltese Greens
will gain representation in the next Maltese parliament. Through
representation in parliament the Maltese Greens will seek to implement
their vision of sustainable development, both in domestic and
international politics," said Mr Cachia.
The meeting was also addressed by Jean Lambert, Vice President, Green
Group in the European Parliament and Prof. Arnold Cassola, secretary
general of the European Federation of Green Parties and AD's spokesperson
on EU affairs.
Green meeting held in Malta
Alternattiva Demokratika is hosting a Mediterranean Network meeting on
behalf of the European Federation of Green Parties.
The theme of the meeting is Free Trade and Globalisation - Economic,
Social and Environmental Implications.
Green representatives from France, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Greece and
Italy, civil society organisations, trade unions, technical experts and
ministers are participating.
AD general secretary Stephen Cachia told those present: �Greens and
progressive civil society organisations are facing the challenges of
globalisation by proposing a model of European integration and
Euro-Mediterranean co-operation which is based on sustainable
development, human rights and social justice.
�The Maltese Greens are actively working to ensure that Maltese and
Gozitan citizens enjoy the same quality of life as EU citizens. At the
same time, together with the European and Mediterranean Greens, we work
for a more democratic, sustainable and inclusive Europe.�
AD�s international secretary, Ralph Cassar, told the meeting that free
trade will only lead to prosperity and a good quality of life if poorer
countries are helped through technology transfer and technical aid, and
if social and environmental issues are taken into account.
He also outlined the Green vision of the European Union. The EU, he said,
will make a positive contribution if it retains and strengthens the
European concept of a �social market� which is the best alternative to
the neo-liberal American concept of the market.
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