Prime Min­is­ter takes up only ten min­utes in five hour par­lia­men­tary de­bate on his min­istry

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

PM Joseph Mus­cat yes­ter­day took just ten min­utes out of a five hour de­bate on the fi­nan­cial es­ti­mates of the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter.

The de­bate was an­i­mated at times, es­pe­cially dur­ing the first two and a half hours, which were al­lo­cated to the Op­po­si­tion. But Dr Mus­cat made a short and calm speech, tak­ing the last ten min­utes of the de­bate.

The Prime Min­is­ter spoke first about the en­ergy sec­tor. He said the coun­try had reached an im­por­tant phase where it was turn­ing its quasi-pre­his­toric en­ergy gen­er­a­tion sys­tem into one that was at par with mod­ern and ad­vanced coun­tries. “In some as­pects we are ac­tu­ally ahead of such coun­tries.”

He noted that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion had pub­lished a strat­egy doc­u­ment on LNG this week, de­scrib­ing the fuel source as the fu­ture of clean en­ergy gen­er­a­tion. Malta had al­ready made the change from oil to gas, he said, thank­ing min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio Kon­rad Mizzi.

Dr Mus­cat took a jibe at the Op­po­si­tion’s walk­out, say­ing that it was child­ish to close your ears to avoid hear­ing the truth.

Turn­ing to the plan­ning sec­tor, Dr Mus­cat said the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity had be­come much stronger and more fo­cused af­ter the MEPA de­merger. It was com­ing up with “com­mon sense schemes”, such as the re­cently an­nounced reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion scheme.

He also spoke on the Paceville Mas­ter­plan, which he de­scribed as the first ever at­tempt to im­prove the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment. “One can find a mil­lion de­fects and, yes, peo­ple are grum­bling. The eas­i­est thing would have been to do noth­ing. But this is a gov­ern­ment of change. We is­sued the blue­print for dis­cus­sion and will change what needs to be changed.”

One can find a mil­lion de­fects and, yes, peo­ple are grum­bling. The eas­i­est thing would have been to do noth­ing.

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