PN wants discussion on waste-to-energy plant but refuses to form part of project committee, says government
The Nationalist Party, which chose not to form part of a committee set up by the government to oversee the building of a waste-to-energy plant, has written to a separate Parliamentary Committee responsible for the environment to call for a transparent discussion on the matter.
Last month, PN spokesman Karol Aquilina refused an invitation from the government to be part of the committee and yesterday he wrote to Alex Muscat, who chairs the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, to demand an open debate.
In his letter, Aquilina explains that the plant will have an impact on waste management, and he is therefore requesting the Parliamentary Committee to summon Minister Jose Herrera and the CEO of Wasteserv to reveal what the plans entail.
Aquilina requested that all reports on the subject are presented and that experts are also called on to present their ideas.
In a reply, the government said that the Opposition wants a discussion on the issue after it refused to take part in a committee specifically set up for the project. This, it said, is a contradictory position on the part of the PN, as it first refused to sit on a committee and now wants a discussion on the subject for which this committee was specifically established.
The government said it respected the role of the Parliamentary Committee, but it had wanted to involve the Opposition much earlier than that.
It is clear that the Opposition wants to criticise any decisions taken and, as such, continues to refuse to be part of the committee, the government said.