NBC chairman complains after libraries transferred to Culture Ministry

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Ministry for Culture is now responsible for the Malta Libraries, a decision which drew the ire of the National Book Council chairman Mark Camilleri who urged for the decision to be reversed.

The libraries previously fell within the remit of the Ministry of Education, however, they have been moved to the Culture portfolio after the new cabinet was appointed.

Writing on Facebook, Mark Camilleri pronounced himself against the decision. He explained that while he was available to cooperate with the government, ‘it cannot take arbitrary decisions that go against the interests of our industry’.

The National Book Council chairman said that it was possible to convene an urgent National Writers’ Congress to take a position on the matter. He added that the Education Ministry and its entities worked within a technocratic framework and that the Culture Ministry functioned in a different manner.

Camilleri explained that if this was a signal of things yet to come, then it did not bode well.

‘A wider remit for the Culture Ministry’ – Herrera

In his reaction to the comments made by Camilleri, Minister Herrera said that he disagreed. He explained that due to the changes made, the Ministry now had a wider remit then before and includes the Malta Libraries, the National Archive and the Maltese language. He explained that his portfolio was National Heritage, Arts and Local Government.

Camilleri had resigned from Partit Laburista delegate following the internal leadership election which saw Robert Abela winning the race against Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne.