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Economic growth in Malta has been much stronger than in Sicily, with Malta’s GDP growing by 17% compared to Sicily’s 1.8% from 2015 to 2017. However, both regions have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a decline in GDP. The competitiveness of both regions is below the EU average, but Malta has shown improvement.

In terms of research and innovation, both Sicily and Malta are considered moderate innovators. However, there are challenges in terms of R&D investment and the utilisation of qualified human resources. The energy landscape in both regions relies heavily on non-renewable sources, but there is a higher use of renewable energy compared to the EU average.

The cooperation programme aims to promote small business growth, sustainable development, and technology transfer in various areas such as the green and blue economy, circular economy, and health. There are environmental challenges including pollution and coastal erosion that need to be addressed. The job situation, especially for youth employment, is below the EU average in both regions.

The programme aims to enhance access to cultural and natural heritage, prioritise environmental and climate objectives, and promote fairness and equality. It also encourages the use of public contracts that consider environmental and social considerations. Coordination with mainstream programmes is important for optimising interventions and fostering collaboration.

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