These are the main news from Malta’s newsportals.
The Nationalist Party will be voting in favour of George Vella’s nomination for President, PN Leader Adrian Delia said this evening.
Lawyer Ramona Frendo’s nomination for the post of judge at the General Court of the EU has been approved by the assessing panel.The Malta Independent says that the expert panel found Frendo nomination to satisfy the established criteria.
The Malta International Airport was awarded the ‘Best Airport in Europe’ prize among seven airports in its size category. The Times says that the Airports Council International ranked more than 340 airports worldwide.
A petition urging government to turn Manoel Island into a park has garnered 6,000 signatories, says MaltaToday. The portal says the action represents widespread public objection to the development projects planned by Midi plc.
The Armed Forces rescued 87 migrants in an operation south of Lampedusa, reports TVM. The migrants were sailing aboard a wooden boat which was caught in distress. An Italian patrol boat had to abandon a rescue mission because of technical difficulties, before the AFM intervened.
The police in Ragusa moved in on a criminal network involved in the smuggling of luxury cars between Italy and Malta, destined for Libya.Newsbook reports that two Maltese citizens are among the ring of 40 arrested people.
One News carries a statement by Liquigas which assures the public of the safety of gas cylinders. The company clarified that the most recent incidents were not cases of exploding cylinders, as reported in the media, but defective equipment.
LovinMalta reports that just under 2,000 people were granted Maltese citizenship during 2017, a 32 percent increase over 2016. The main countries of origin of the new citizens were Russia (24%), Saudi Arabia (17%) and Britain (10%).
The Nationalist Party unveiled a set of proposals to strengthen the independence and competence of public service. Net News says that civil service needs specialised training for the country’s representation in technical European fora.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations sent a joint letter demanding better protection for whistle-blowers as a new European directive is being drafted. The Shift News reports the letter addressed the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.