In the first three years of the current legislature, 76% of the pledges included in the electoral manifesto have been implemented or are in an advanced stage of implementation. This was announced by the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Carmelo Abela responsible for the implementation of the Electoral Manifesto.
A press conference at Castille commemorated the third anniversary since the Maltese elected their government in the general election which took place on the 3rd of June 2017.
Minister Abela explained that the electoral manifesto programme consists of 722 pledges. He announced that 312 pledges have been entirely implemented whilst more than 242 proposals are currently at an advanced stage of implementation.
Minister Abela stated that it was a privilege to him to be able to publicly present the work which was carried out by the dynamic and diligent team which makes up the government under the leadership of the ex-Prime Minister Joseph Muscat throughout the first two years and now under the leadership of the current Prime Minister Robert Abela.
He also expressed his satisfaction in the rate of improvement, of at least 8%, in the rate of implementation of the electoral manifesto during these past four months.
During the press conference, it was explained how the minimum wage increased following an agreement between the social partners. The minimum wage has also become non-taxable. Government has also introduced a refund of tax on income for all employees.
“Pensioners benefited from an increase in pensions for the first time in over 20 years. Government has also strengthened incentives for first-time and second-time property buyers in order to facilitate ownership” said Abela.
Minister Abela said that the government had also promised new buildings for those in need of accommodation but who do not have the necessary means to acquire the property. He said that works are currently ongoing to make at least 1,700 apartments available, over 600 apartments more than originally planned.
He also spoke about the ongoing works which aim at making the Maltese public infrastructure better, with a hefty investment of €700 million to build and fix roads all over Malta and Gozo in the span of 7 years.
Minister Carmelo Abela also pointed out the work in the education sector, where a collective agreement – which was signed with the MUT – has provided educators with an increase in wage.
Regarding the health sector, the Minister mentioned an increase in free medicine, the extension of primary health care services in Ħal Kirkop and very soon, in Raħal Ġdid.
Minister Abela also noted the significant work in Gozo, especially the opening of a depot for farmers and the opening Barts Medical School. Another major project mentioned was the construction of the tunnel linking Malta and Gozo where geological studies and other research have been initiated together with an international call for expressions of interest, said Abela.
Minister Abela also made reference to the major changes implemented in favour of the betterment of the rule of law and transparency.