Par­tit Demokratiku to seek Par­lia­men­tary funds; wants to share them with small par­ties

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Mar­lene Far­ru­gia

The Par­tit Demokratiku is seek­ing to get its share of the par­lia­men­tary funds that are usu­ally split equally be­tween the PN and the PL.

The two main par­ties each get €100,000 a year from the €200,000 re­search fund for po­lit­i­cal group­ings in Par­lia­ment.

In a let­ter sent to Speaker Anglu Far­ru­gia, PD Leader Mar­lene Far­ru­gia asked what the PD’s share would be. She re­minded Dr Far­ru­gia that she rep­re­sents the party in Par­lia­ment. Dr Far­ru­gia also asked to be al­lowed to speak, along with the other party lead­ers, when Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Pres­i­dent Martin Schulz vis­its Par­lia­ment on 8 De­cem­ber.

In com­ments to this news­pa­per Dr Far­ru­gia said: “If we get our share of the money, we will share it equally be­tween all reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal par­ties other than the PL and PN which are al­ready ben­e­fi­cia­ries. To date, small par­ties get no fi­nan­cial aid and hardly any cov­er­age, mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult for any of us to break the estab­lished du­op­oly. Par­tit Demokratiku will lead by ex­am­ple by dis­tribut­ing th­ese funds in the name of nur­tur­ing and up­hold­ing democ­racy.”

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