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