Court will decide on Egrant report publication this week – Muscat

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister and Partit Laburista (PL) leader Joseph Muscat said that this week the Court will decide on the publication of the Egrant Report. The Prime Minister said this whilst addressing a political activity in Mosta.

He said that the issue is not a question of whether to publish or not but a question of when as it cannot prejudice Police investigations. He also said that he and his family have a vested interest in seeing this report published.

The Prime Minister said that the European Union (EU) admitted in making a mistake because the Maltese economy is growing more than forecasted. He said that the number of people registering for work has decreased from 7,000 to 1,800 meaning that two-thirds of those that where registered as unemployed are now in employment.

Muscat also said that poverty can only be contended with work and social services. He added that there are still 14,000 individuals that are living in unacceptable circumstances, and this is something that the government does not want to conceal, because it will not rest until its sees such a travesty eradicated.

PL has created more work than the PN

The Prime Minister then mentioned how a government led by the PL has generated more work opportunities in the past six years than a government under the helm of the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) did during its 25 year tenure.

“Between 1987 and 2012, the others have created 56,500 jobs. We have created 66,000 in six years…. what took others 25 years, we did in only five years” said the Prime Minister.

Infrastructure, Innovation and Inclusion

Joseph Muscat said that the priority is no longer on creating work but on improving the quality of life. He said that once the Maltese are putting the quality of life as a priority so will the government. He said that the government is basing it strategies for this principle on three pillars: infrastructure, innovation, and inclusion.

Muscat said that the government wants to improve the current roads infrastructure so that travel time is reduced, wants to create innovation that allows workers to find a balance between their jobs and their families and also include by promoting unity instead of division.

Muscat continued saying that the PN still does not have any principles and is therefore making contradicting declarations that are making no logical sense.

The government’s social conscience

The Prime Minister explained how the government is also showing its social conscience where from the original plan of creating 1,000 new social accommodation units; it will now be able to offer 1,700 of such units thanks to a change of plans.

“This is a government that does not rest on its laurels… we are not going to rest after all these successes” said the Prime Minister who also mentioned the investments in the orthopaedic centre and at St Vincent de Paul, which also included restructuring of the section which accommodated young people who need care around the clock.