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  • Michael Briguglio
    Green politics making inroads in the Med. www.timesofmalta.com 30/11/02 The Maltese Greens were working to ensure that the Maltese would enjoy the same
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      Green politics 'making inroads' in the Med.

      www.timesofmalta.com 30/11/02

      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

      Staff Reporter
      www.independent.com.mt 30/11/02

      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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