Chamber asks Government to reduce public sector to free up funds / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 8 September 2022

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Chamber asks Govt to reduce public sector: Government must bite the political bullet and urgently implement a rationalisation process within the public sector to cut down the government’s payroll, the president of the Chamber of Commerce has said. Marisa Xuereb said that the government must trim the public sector if it is to be in a position to continue to offer essential services, subsidies and carry out major projects in the future. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, government toted the war chest it had available to offer subsidies and introduce measures, such as the wage supplement, to mitigate the effects of the pandemic,” she said. Xuereb said that if the public sector were to be downsized, it would free up funds to help it reach its targets. (Maltatoda/Business Today)

Bishop slams construction chaos: Archbishop Charles Scicluna has called out Malta’s construction chaos during his Victory Day homily, requesting the public to think deeper about what the Maltese have done to their own architecture.  “We can look at this magnificent cathedral, the marvellous architecture in this city and even the beauty of the Grand Harbour and you see a harmony of architecture. “Then we look a little beyond that you can see what we have done, what we are building when we have control of the reigns”, he said. (Times of Malta)

Man dies after being run over:The 87-year-old man from Paola who yesterday was run over by a motorcycle in the same locality, has died. The accident happened at around 8.30am in Triq Għajn Dwieli. (TVM)

Morning Briefing

Stability of energy prices a priority – Miriam Dalli

In comments to the media after launching the public consultation document on the National Strategy for the Environment, Energy Minister Dalli said that certain projects had to be shelved as government’s commitment to maintain stability in the prices of energy and fuel. “We are witnessing in Europe how governments are now taking on the burden of higher electricity prices after first allowing the higher prices to burden families and businesses… from day one we [the Maltese government] took the decision to keep prices stable and that will remain a priority,” she said. (Maltatoday)

Govt lost credibility on energy – Bernard Grech

Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that at a delicate time when energy prices are continuing to increase internationally, the Government’s credibility on energy has been lost. Speaking on radio, Dr Grech explained that through the agreement with Socar, which was revealed in the past few days, the Maltese Government had, among other issues, given an unconditional guarantee that the people would shoulder any debts that Electrogas might incur with Socar in the gas power station projects. (TVM)

Man suffers grievious injuries in Mosta construction incident

Another day, another injury in construction, with a 32-year-old man ending up in hospital on Wednesday after an iron beam fell on him while he was working on a construction site in Mosta. The worker was was assisted by paramedics before being taken to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance, where he is was certified to have suffered grievous injuries. (Newsbook)

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