PM, ministers to discuss 'coherent' policy on fireworks factories

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning that he will be having a meeting with ministers to chart the way forward for a 'coherent' policy and legislation on fireworks factories.

He was replying to questions after media reports that an application has been submitted to Mepa for the rebuilding of a fireworks factory in Gharb where four people died last November. See

Dr Muscat said the Gharb development application would follow the normal Mepa process.

Speaking in general terms, he said that one had to keep a balance, and research showed that not issuing permits for fireworks factories did not mean that fireworks were not made. Indeed, there was a risk of the industry being driven underground, with the related risks.

He said he would hold a meeting with ministers next week to discuss a coherent policy on fireworks factories and to ensure that a report on fireworks presented to the government last year was implemented.



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