Election round-up - week 5
The end of an EU Council meeting regarding the EU budget this week saw Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi ensure that Malta will receive over €1 bn in funding from the EU over the next seven years. Dr Gonzi yesterday stated that although Malta has the funds it does not guarantee the country's future.
The PL released their Manifesto this week, which has over 830 proposals spread over 20 ‘priorities’. The PL also published their ‘costings’, amounting to over €700 million with Dr Muscat later calling his Manifesto, 'a Manifesto by the people'.
The General Secretary of the General Workers Union Tony Zarb became the centre of allegations by the PN, who revealed audio recordings in which Mr Zarb can be heard telling a contractor that if he works with the Union, then the Union will help him acquire tenders should the PL come to Government. Tony Zarb has denied this claims arguing that the audio tapes were edited and taken out of context. Last week's scandal regarding Anglu Farrugia mentioning contractors in Malta continued, as Simon Busuttil expressed his concern over the situation.
Dr Lawrence Gonzi expressed his faith in the Maltese Healthcare system, explaining that it is the envy of all of Europe.
Dr Muscat challenged the PN to publish all their accounts from the end of the last legislature.
The AD proposed the abolition of hunting in Spring.