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  • Public domain status still in limbo

    Two years after legislation was enacted to introduce the public domain concept, there is still no indication as to when the sites already proposed for protection will officially fall under the new law’s wing. Even though settling ownership issues...

  • Bridge between Malta and Italy

    The election last March of a populist Italian government determined to curb migration has led to a series of incidents between Malta and Italy, heightening tensions between the two countries to a level not seen for over a decade. The appointment...

  • Challenges of economic success

    It must be every finance minister’s dream to present a budget in the context of an economy that is growing at above-average rates, with low unemployment and with significant direct foreign investment. This is the kind of environment that will put...

  • Red tape disrupts waste collection

    Taxpayers are entitled to stress-free public services because, at the end of the day, they foot the bill. The collection of recyclable waste problem in many parts of Gozo is, at best, a consequence of red tape and, at worst, an inability by the...

  • Unbearable feeling of nothing

    There is meant to be an Office of the Commissioner for Public Standards, a watchdog over the House of Representatives. It has been long in coming, since 2012, and the law was finally signed by the President last year. Clearly, there was no urgency...

  • School transport problems

    Few would disagree that anything that eases traffic flow is welcome on our gridlocked roads. The government’s plan to offer supervised public transport to all Church and private schools sounded good when the Labour Party included it in its manifesto.

  • Healthcare workers deserve respect

    Workplace violence is never justified and should never be tolerated by those who have a responsibility to ensure that workers are safe when performing their duties. It is, therefore, disturbing to read that nurses and other healthcare...

  • Rock-solid love of neighbour

    The bible recounts instances when Jesus rolled up His sleeves to help others. He fed a hungry crowd, changed water into wine at a wedding, healed the sick and raised people from the dead. He did not just pray for them or promised them the Kingdom...

  • Proliferation of hate speech

    Under Maltese law, hate speech consists of any threat or insult directed at a member of a recognised minority group. Hate speech is a criminal offence if it is motivated by hostility based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

  • Italy relations at crossroads

    Malta and Italy have had very close political, economic, social and cultural relations ever since we attained independence in 1964. Most Maltese have a good understanding of Italian, Italy is a very popular vacation destination, thousands of...

  • Fair digital platform

    The European Parliament is next week expected to decide on what is considered to be a crucial proposal obliging internet giants like Google, YouTube and Facebook to pay media outlets for third-party content they now use for free. Divergent...

  • Making integration work

    Various localities have experienced a significant social change in the last decade as a result of the influx of immigrants and refugees. What were once homogeneous communities have now become multicultural ones where the milieu of different...

  • Air Malta’s acid test

    The future of Air Malta is crucially essential for most people who directly or indirectly depend on the national airline’s successful operations for their livelihood. These stakeholders include not only the airline’s employees who had to accept...

  • Unaccountability getting out of control

    Malta may have all the trappings of a democracy but a closer look at how the government is running the country shows a worrying deficit in one of the basic democratic principles: accountability. Equally worrying is that, rather than taking heed of...

  • An uncultured attitude

    Until 2017, Malta had been absent from the Venice Biennale – the most prestigious contemporary art exhibition in the world – for almost two decades. Its return was rightly hailed by the Malta Arts Council as a major achievement in the government’s...

  • Guardian’s tunnel vision

    Unveiled a year ago, the Santa Luċija project, comprising a new underpass and the widening of Vjal Santa Luċija, is meant to complement the major development of the multi-level junction being constructed in Marsa. Three months ago, the...

  • Malpractices in public procurement

    The total volume of public procurement, which is the government activity of purchasing goods, services and works, is substantial. In OECD countries it amounts to 12 per cent of GDP. Public procurement is also one of the government activities most...

  • Maltese festa in a niche

    The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was drawn up by Unesco 15 years ago but only ratified by Malta in 2017. The document was devised with the overriding objective of preserving intangible heritage, encouraging...

  • Risks of al fresco dining

    Pavement catering facilities are a standard feature in most European cities, especially those that attract a large number of tourists. Malta is no exception as outdoor catering establishments are mushrooming in most parts of the island. But al...

  • Official edicts in print

    There may not be an ‘organic’ law regulating it but it is widely accepted that The Malta Government Gazette is the country’s official journal. It appears there is no need to define it because it is easily recognisable. Indeed, the 1980 Statute Law...