PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITIES: Series of meetings and visits as part of the Public Consultation on the Local Government Reform White Paper launched

In relation to the launch of the Local Government Reform White Paper for public consultation, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis has started a meeting campaign. The Parliamentary Secretary met with President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. Over the course of this month the Parliamentary Secretary will also be meeting with many other entities to discuss this reform.

Apart from these meetings, the Parliamentary Secretary also started visiting all the regions of Malta and Gozo. By means of these visits, the Parliamentary Secretary will meet with all the regional presidents, mayors, councillors, executive secretaries and all those involved in our local councils and listen to their suggestions in relation to the local government reform. Furthermore, the Parliamentary Secretary will also be organising three other separate meetings with residents of Malta and Gozo so that he may be able to listen to their suggestions as well, as after all, residents are the main protagonists of this reform.

During the first of this series of visits, Parliamentary Secretary Parnis met with all the local councils forming part of the South Eastern Region. He stated that citizen expectation has grown, and this is only to be expected after 25 years. Therefore, the main objective of the present reform is to give local government the tools to meet these expectations. Silvio Parnis also stated that he believes that this is the right time for us to register significant progress in terms of the quality of services rendered. This will ensure that local government will continue building on past achievements and, above all, that it will continue making a real difference in the lives of residents. Parliamentary Secretary Parnis concluded by reiterating that this government believes in strengthening local government and the current local government reform, as well as the budget for 2019, are a proof of this. The 2019 budget for local government has seen an increase of almost Euros 7 million, which is the highest increase ever given to local government.

The schedule of meetings which the Parliamentary Secretary will be holding in the coming days is as follows:

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the south eastern region. Friday 2nd November 2018, at 6:00pm, Paola Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the northern region. On Friday 9th Novembr 2018, at 6:00pm, Mosta Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the central region. On Tuesday 13th November 2018, at 6:00pm, Birkirkara Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the southern region. On Friday 16th November 2018, at 6:00pm, Qormi Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the Gozo region. On Friday 23rd November 2018, at 6:00pm, Don Bosco Oratory, Rabat, Gozo.

Meeting with the residents who live in the southern part of Malta, on Wednesday 14th November 2018, at 6:30pm, Marsa Local Council Hall.

Meeting with the residents who live in the northern part of Malta, on Monday 19th November 2018, at 6:30pm, Mosta Local Council Hall.

Meeting with the residents who live in Gozo, on Friday 30th November, at 6:30pm, Xewkija Band Club Hall.

Source: Government of Malta


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PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITIES: Series of meetings and visits as part of the Public Consultation on the Local Government Reform White Paper launched

In relation to the launch of the Local Government Reform White Paper for public consultation, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis has started a meeting campaign. The Parliamentary Secretary met with President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. Over the course of this month the Parliamentary Secretary will also be meeting with many other entities to discuss this reform.

Apart from these meetings, the Parliamentary Secretary also started visiting all the regions of Malta and Gozo. By means of these visits, the Parliamentary Secretary will meet with all the regional presidents, mayors, councillors, executive secretaries and all those involved in our local councils and listen to their suggestions in relation to the local government reform. Furthermore, the Parliamentary Secretary will also be organising three other separate meetings with residents of Malta and Gozo so that he may be able to listen to their suggestions as well, as after all, residents are the main protagonists of this reform.

During the first of this series of visits, Parliamentary Secretary Parnis met with all the local councils forming part of the South Eastern Region. He stated that citizen expectation has grown, and this is only to be expected after 25 years. Therefore, the main objective of the present reform is to give local government the tools to meet these expectations. Silvio Parnis also stated that he believes that this is the right time for us to register significant progress in terms of the quality of services rendered. This will ensure that local government will continue building on past achievements and, above all, that it will continue making a real difference in the lives of residents. Parliamentary Secretary Parnis concluded by reiterating that this government believes in strengthening local government and the current local government reform, as well as the budget for 2019, are a proof of this. The 2019 budget for local government has seen an increase of almost Euros 7 million, which is the highest increase ever given to local government.

The schedule of meetings which the Parliamentary Secretary will be holding in the coming days is as follows:

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the south eastern region. Friday 2nd November 2018, at 6:00pm, Paola Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the northern region. On Friday 9th Novembr 2018, at 6:00pm, Mosta Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the central region. On Tuesday 13th November 2018, at 6:00pm, Birkirkara Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the southern region. On Friday 16th November 2018, at 6:00pm, Qormi Local Council Hall

Meeting with the local councils forming part of the Gozo region. On Friday 23rd November 2018, at 6:00pm, Don Bosco Oratory, Rabat, Gozo.

Meeting with the residents who live in the southern part of Malta, on Wednesday 14th November 2018, at 6:30pm, Marsa Local Council Hall.

Meeting with the residents who live in the northern part of Malta, on Monday 19th November 2018, at 6:30pm, Mosta Local Council Hall.

Meeting with the residents who live in Gozo, on Friday 30th November, at 6:30pm, Xewkija Band Club Hall.

Source: Government of Malta


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