PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS AND BY THE MINISTRY FOR GOZO Services related to Bank Guarantees in Construction Projects will be offered from Gozo

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius announced that as of 2nd January 2020, the Planning Authority Office in Gozo will be welcoming and releasing Bank Guarantees that form part of the regulations about the Avoidance of Damages to Third Party Properties.

Minister Ian Borg said that this year has been defined by several important reforms in every sector, particularly the building and construction sector, which has witnessed a lot of growth in these past years thanks to a strong economy that has increased demand even in this sector.

“We therefore needed a reform not only towards sustainability but also because we want a quality product, we want a sector that rests on clear laws with more transparency and responsibility. We want to protect the safety of third parties. In 2018 we started our journey with a public consultation for the setting up of a specialised Authority and this summer we set up a temporary agency which started to revise legislation. We witnessed the introduction of a Site Technical Officer and new procedures, and changes towards less bureaucracy. Today we are here because these reforms are resulting in benefits for everyone and we can now facilitate life for Gozitans, we will see more efficiency and the same accessibility for everyone”, said Minister Borg.

He stressed that Gozo and the Gozitans are the top priority together with the Maltese for the government’s agenda and referred to the work being done by the Ministry for Gozo and the rest of government for this island.

“We have witnessed great progress in health services for Gozitans, investments in educational facilities. Work is underway on studies to implement the promise of a tunnel between the islands. And for the construction sector, work is underway for all Maltese and Gozitan people � we are witnessing hard work on regulations for this industry while we look ahead to open a public consultation about the draft law which will set up the Authority in the coming weeks”, concluded Minister Ian Borg.

Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that in order for service to truly be national, they need to be offered in Gozo as well. This is also in light of an economy that is continuously growing in Gozo and that must be sustained with all possible services. This also counts for the building sector and thus thanks to the introduction of these new services there will be more efficiency and less inconvenience by having to go to Malta.

Minister Caruana said that thanks to more services in Gozo, the ministry will be able to strengthen its promotion of Gozo for more investment and more job opportunities and thanked Minister Borg and Parliamentary Secretary Agius who have always collaborated with her in her work for the good of Gozo.

Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius said that the government continues with the implementation of its promises to reduce bureaucracy and inconvenience for Gozitans, while regulating more efficiently construction sites in our country. He concluded by stating his pleasure when implemented work facilitates life for people.

This service will be offered twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, between 8:00am and 12:00pm.

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS AND BY THE MINISTRY FOR GOZO Services related to Bank Guarantees in Construction Projects will be offered from Gozo

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius announced that as of 2nd January 2020, the Planning Authority Office in Gozo will be welcoming and releasing Bank Guarantees that form part of the regulations about the Avoidance of Damages to Third Party Properties.

Minister Ian Borg said that this year has been defined by several important reforms in every sector, particularly the building and construction sector, which has witnessed a lot of growth in these past years thanks to a strong economy that has increased demand even in this sector.

“We therefore needed a reform not only towards sustainability but also because we want a quality product, we want a sector that rests on clear laws with more transparency and responsibility. We want to protect the safety of third parties. In 2018 we started our journey with a public consultation for the setting up of a specialised Authority and this summer we set up a temporary agency which started to revise legislation. We witnessed the introduction of a Site Technical Officer and new procedures, and changes towards less bureaucracy. Today we are here because these reforms are resulting in benefits for everyone and we can now facilitate life for Gozitans, we will see more efficiency and the same accessibility for everyone”, said Minister Borg.

He stressed that Gozo and the Gozitans are the top priority together with the Maltese for the government’s agenda and referred to the work being done by the Ministry for Gozo and the rest of government for this island.

“We have witnessed great progress in health services for Gozitans, investments in educational facilities. Work is underway on studies to implement the promise of a tunnel between the islands. And for the construction sector, work is underway for all Maltese and Gozitan people � we are witnessing hard work on regulations for this industry while we look ahead to open a public consultation about the draft law which will set up the Authority in the coming weeks”, concluded Minister Ian Borg.

Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that in order for service to truly be national, they need to be offered in Gozo as well. This is also in light of an economy that is continuously growing in Gozo and that must be sustained with all possible services. This also counts for the building sector and thus thanks to the introduction of these new services there will be more efficiency and less inconvenience by having to go to Malta.

Minister Caruana said that thanks to more services in Gozo, the ministry will be able to strengthen its promotion of Gozo for more investment and more job opportunities and thanked Minister Borg and Parliamentary Secretary Agius who have always collaborated with her in her work for the good of Gozo.

Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius said that the government continues with the implementation of its promises to reduce bureaucracy and inconvenience for Gozitans, while regulating more efficiently construction sites in our country. He concluded by stating his pleasure when implemented work facilitates life for people.

This service will be offered twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, between 8:00am and 12:00pm.

Source: Government of Malta