Watch: “Public health emergency status will be declared over” – Abela

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

On Sunday Prime Minister Abela was interviewed on the PL’s media by three journalists, Kurt Sansone from Malta Today, Christine Amaira from Net News and Neil Camilleri from Malta Independent.

During the interview, Abela mentioned again the measures announced last week as part of the €900 million financial package aimed at revitalising the economy.

Regarding the reduced property stamp duty rate measure, Prime Minister Abela said that the legal notice will be published on Monday. Last Wednesday Abela announced that this measure was to be extended to commercial properties too.

Abela also announced that as from today the public health emergency will be declared over. Regarding the re-opening of the Malta International Airport Prime Minister Abela said that the government is continuously monitoring the situation abroad and has recently decided to remove Israel from the MIA Summer schedule but certain airports in Italy, France and Spain will be included

On Thursday the Malta International Airport announced that six airlines will be offering direct connections to 17 airports in nine countries and regions, including Sicily, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg, for the period between July and October.

Regarding the frontliners the Prime Minister explained that they will also be benefitting from the measures announced. Abela explained that during the peak of the pandemic the government had issued a set of incentives and measures specifically aimed at frontliners. The Prime Minister continued to explain that in the financial package announced the government aimed at targeting the whole of society.

Asked about the Moneyval report, Chris Cardona’s future within the PL and the court proceedings in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Abela replied that he has full confidence in Angelo Gafa as Police Commissioner and he is sure that his work will bring back on track investigations on alleged money laundering and corruption cases.

Regarding Chris Cardona and his future as the PL’s Deputy Leader, Robert Abela said that the decision Cardona will take in the coming days will be in the best interest of the Labour Party.

Asked how the government will secure jobs post-COVID-19, Robert Abela said that the government hopes that there will be no need to continue providing the wage supplement as the government is trying to create the economic impetus needed so that business could return to normality at their earliest.