Watch: Abela’s proposal means less to spend on other budget areas – Scicluna

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Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said that implementing Robert Abela’s proposal of free medicines for pensioners would mean that expenditure must be reduced in other Budget areas

“Is there anyone who doesn’t agree with giving more?” asked Scicluna when questioned by about his opinion on PL leadership candidate Robert Abela’s proposal.

Speaking after a press conference about the 2020 Budget, Scicluna said that the Government’s formulary was always getting larger. However, he added that this must be placed in the context of the 2020 budget because if money is being spent on Abela’s initiative, it means that the expenditure must be reduced somewhere else.

Robert Abela had estimated that his proposal would cost Malta around €40 million annually.

Asked whether or not he will be retaining his post as Finance Minister following the change in the party’s leadership, Scicluna said that if the new leader won’t be needing him he would bow out. He said that he spoke to both Fearne and Abela however his future was not discussed.

Asked about whether or not he feels that he should resign since he is currently being investigated in a magisterial inquiry, Scicluna said that the NGO who asked for the inquiry to be opened is lying about him. He said that the projects being investigated were not part of his portfolio and he insisted that he didn’t sign any deals.

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