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  • Improvement in public procurement

    Efforts to speed up public procurement have led to a drastic drop in the time taken to process government contracts, civil service head Mario Cutajar said yesterday. “Whereas in 2013 it used to take between 230 and 278 days to adjudicate...

  • Malta in first half of Eurovision semi-final

    Malta will perform in the first half of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The semi-finals will be held on May 19 and 21 and Malta will be represented by Amber with her song Warrior, which obtained maximum points from all five...

  • Talks about Cottonera welcomed

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi welcomed the turnout for the first of a series of cultural talks raising awareness about Cottonera. Maritime Museum curator Liam Gauci spoke about the corsairs, their contribution and their presence in the Three...

  • Malta flag flies high

    Malta has the sixth largest merchant ship register in the world, consolidating its position as the largest in Europe with a record performance in 2014. In 2013, Malta ranked seventh and, at the end of last year, the Maltese Register of Shipping...

  • ‘Immigration policy to be published soon’

    ‘Immigration policy to be published soon’

    Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela yesterday announced the imminent publication of a draft immigration policy for public consultation. Winding up the debate in second reading of the Refugees Amendment Bill, Mr Abela said the concept of detention...

  • Minister says Opposition ignoring Bill

    Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia on Monday took Opposition spokesman Robert Cutajar to task for having “ignored the benefits” of a Bill the government described as a “milestone for persons with disability”. Instead, the MP criticised an...

  • PAC probes Privatisation Unit process

    Former Privatisation Unit head Emanuel Ellul told the Public Accounts Committee he sought the services of experienced legal firms to ensure the privatisation process was in line with the correct procedures, EU directives and regulations and so...

  • Transport Minister lambastes Opposition

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi said the Opposition was wrong when it said the Mc­Gill company, which had expressed interest in running public transport, wanted to meet bus drivers but the government tried to keep the meeting under wraps. The...

  • Traffic accidents involving horses

    A total of 62 road accidents involving horses were reported to the police between 2004 and last year, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told Anthony Agius Decelis (PL) in Parliament. They ranged from just one such accident in 2012 to 12 last year.

  • Plea to move animals to pig farm

    Sustainable Development Minister Leo Brincat said in Parliament he would pass on a suggestion to allocate one of 39 “inactive” pig farms to a man who has been ordered to reallocate the many dogs and cats he keeps at home. The suggestion was made...

  • Rare chicks hatch

    Rare chicks hatch

    Is-Simar nature reserve in Xemxija celebrated spring early this year when two little grebe chicks hatched last week. Two pairs of the birds, known as Blongun Żgħir in Maltese, incubated their eggs over the new year. The chicks have already been...

  • Malta Film Fund benefits 20 local productions

    There were 20 local film productions that benefited from the Malta Film Fund to the tune of €230,000 in 2013, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis told Labour MP Anthony Agius Decelis in reply to a parliamentary question. The minister said €1,500...

  • Transport Minister lambasts Opposition but fails to table requested agreement

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi this afternoon berated the Opposition for when it had said that the McGill company, which had shown an interest in Malta’s public transport, wanted to organise a meeting with bus drivers but the government had tried to...

  • 62 incidents involving horses in 10 years

    62 incidents involving horses in 10 years

    There were 62 incidents involving horses and reported to the police between 2004 and last year, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said. Replying to a Parliamentary question by Labour MP Anthony Agius Decelis, the minister said a total of 79...

  • Draft immigration policy to be issued for public consultation soon

    Draft immigration policy to be issued for public consultation soon

    A draft immigration policy is to be issued for public consultation shortly, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said this evening. Speaking in Parliament, he said that the concept of detention had to change in line with EU policy and EU court...

  • Police requests for reduced hours denied

    Police requests for reduced hours denied

    Police officer requests for reduced hours are being denied because of the considerable number of such requests, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said this evening. Replying to a Parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi, the...

  • President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca takes part in Auschwitz liberation anniversary ceremony

    President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca takes part in Auschwitz liberation anniversary ceremony

    A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz. He warned of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing...

  • PN calls on government to immediately halt 'illegal' court tariff increases

    PN calls on government to immediately halt 'illegal' court tariff increases

    The Nationalist Party has called on the government to immediately halt “illegal” court tariff increases and refund the people what they have been made to pay since January 1. In a statement, Justice Shadow Minister Jason Azzopardi referred to a...

  • Joseph Muscat discusses Libya situation with Jean-Claude Juncker

    Joseph Muscat discusses Libya situation with Jean-Claude Juncker

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat today again called on the European Commission to give Libya the importance it deserved. The Prime Minister told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a meeting that the EU should consider what was...

  • Competitive process for sale of Selmun Palace, hotel to start soon

    Competitive process for sale of Selmun Palace, hotel to start soon

    The competitive process for the sale of Selmun Palace and the hotel next to it will be embarked upon shortly, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said. Replying to a Parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Censu Galea, Dr Zammit Lewis said the...