Times of Malta reveals details of possible new appointees to government agency headship positions following a spate of resignations and suspensions over the past months.
Maltatoday says that according to Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia, the metro’s financial feasibility is being studied by transport ministry.
The Independent reports that the fines for people using a mobile phone while driving are set to increase accord to Prime Minister Robert Abela.
Newsbook says that Government and the PN Opposition are blaming each other on Ombudsman and Standards Commissioner replacement.
Bilateral talks with Libya focus on democracy, oil and gas
Ministers Ian Borg and Miriam Dalli met Libyan ministers for foreign affairs, the environment, oil and gas for discussions on renewable energy, migration and the need for democratic elections in the north African country. In a statement on Monday, the government said for Foreign Affairs minister Borg the visit was a “solid demonstration” of Malta’s will to continue consolidating and improving its relationship with Libya. Energy minister Dalli meanwhile noted that the Maltese government was committed to exploring opportunities with Libya in the energy sector, particularly in renewables. The Maltese delegation concluded its commitments in Libya with a meeting with Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah and President Menfi, where they continued the previous discussions they had and the need to strengthen both commercial and political cooperation.
Opposition MP calls for cross-party solution road deaths and traffic
Opposition spokesperson Adrian Delia accused government of failing to address the problems hounding the transport sector and called for a cross-party approach to find long-term solutions. In a speech in Parliament covering the transport ministry estimates, Delia tore into government’s inaction over this year’s record road deaths and traffic congestion. “The minister has to acknowledge the problems and not find excuses to justify the current situation,” Delia said with a reference to the Transport Minister’s comment during the summer that traffic congestion was the result of village feasts.
Neutrality should not mean complicity in injustice – Archbishop
Malta’s neutrality should not mean complicity in injustice and destruction brought about by war, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said on Sunday. Addressing the congregation at St John’s Co-Cathedral for Remebrance Day, with the highest authorities present, the Archbishop said: “just neutrality should not mean being an accomplice to injustice, arrogance and destruction brought about by war. It is not neutrality, it is complicity.” Mgr Scicluna prayed to the Lord so that he may guide those in power in their decision-making so that they may honour the lives of innocent victims who died at the hand of the will of politicians. (Newsbook)
Financial crimes head resigns
The head of the Financial crimes Unit, Alexandra Mamo has resigned from the post, The Times of Malta reported. Mamo, who is a Deputy Police Commissioner, had been at the helm for a couple of years. While the unit has upped the number of money-laundering prosecutions over the last two years, civil society groups and the Opposition have remained critical about the lack of high-level corruption prosecutions. Mamo was not the first high-profile resignation
with investigator Anthony Scerri and anti-money laundering head Frank Tabone leaving their post. (Times of Malta)
Malta among Med states lamenting migration situation
Malta has joined Italy, Greece and Cyprus in requesting urgent EU action on migration as tensions rise over Italy’s hard-line stance against NGO rescue ships. Italian media have reported that Malta and the other frontline Mediterranean countries joined the initiative taken by Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi. (Maltatoday)