PN wants dis­cus­sion on waste-to-en­ergy plant but re­fuses to form part of project com­mit­tee, says gov­ern­ment

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

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