Il-mużika ta’ matul il-lejl

Ir-ritratti mis-satellita juru kemm hu kbir it-tniġġiż mid-dawl f’Malta. Fil-fatt, dan hu komparabbli mat-tniġġiż miż-żoni urbani fil-kontinent Ewropew! It-tniġġiż mid-dawl ma jħallix li nisimgħu l-mużika ta’ matul il-lejl. Joħnoqha u jżommna milli napprezzaw is-sbuħija tal-lejl li bil-mod jurina dak li jostor. Hekk jemfasizza l-Ħares tal-Opra (Phantom of the Opera) fix-xogħol tejatrali kapulavur ta’ Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Xi snin ilu waqt dibattitu dwar il-baġit ġie varat proġett biex id-dwal tat-toroq ikun ikkontrollat b’mod elettroniku. Proġett li meta jkun implimentat għandu jkun ta’ kontribut sostanzjali biex fil-gżejjer Maltin jonqos it-tniġġiż mid-dawl. Imma sfortunatament ftit li xejn smajna dwar xi progress seta’ kien hemm dwar din il-materja mill- 2013 lil hawn, meta tħabbar il-proġett.

Id-dawl eċċessiv użat matul il-lejl mhux biss hu użu ħażin u ineffiċjenti tal-enerġija imma jagħti kontribut konsegwenzjali għal emissjonijiet tal-karbonju li jistgħu jkunu evitati. B’dan il-ħajja fin-natura tul il-lejl qed tiġi ddisturbata u potenzjalment ukoll hi kawża għal ħsara lis-saħħa umana.

Fl-2007, il-Birdlife f’Malta ippubblikat studju dwar l-impatt tad-dwal bil-lejl fuq l-għasafar li jgħixu fl-irdumijiet u qrib il-baħar kif ukoll speċi oħra li jpassu bil-lejl. L-istudju hu intitolat Light Pollution and its effects on Yelkouan Shearwaters in Malta; causes and solutions. Il-kuntest tal-istudju kien proġett fl-iskema EU Life fl-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa fl-inħawi magħruf bħala l-Irdum tal-Madonna, sit li hu kolonja tal-garni, għasfur li jgħix mal-baħar.

L-osservazzjonijiet fir-rapport u s-soluzzjonijiet proposti jistgħu faċilment iservu ta’ bażi għal pjan ta’ azzjoni biex fil-gżejjer Maltin nibdew nindirizzaw bis-serjetà t-tniġġiż mid-dawl billi dan f’Malta mhux biss hu ta’ theddida għall-garnija (Yelkouan Shearwater)imma ukoll kawża ta’ emissjonijiet ta’ karbonju bla bżonn u theddida għall-kwalità tal-ħajja tagħna lkoll.

Bħala riżultat tad-densità qawwija ta’ popolazzjoni, t-tniġġiż mid-dawl matul il-lejl għandu impatt konsiderevoli kemm fuq iż-żoni urbani kif ukoll fuq dawk rurali tal-gżejjer Maltin. Ekologikament għandu impatt fuq l-għasafar, friefet u insetti kif ukoll friefet il-lejl imma ukoll fuq l-imġieba tal-annimali b’mod ġenerali. Lil hinn mill-ħajja naturali, it-tniġġiż mid-dawl joħloq leħħ qawwi li jweġġa’ l-għajn u li għandu impatt fuq is-sigurtà fis-sewqan. Jeffettwa lil min isuq, lil min jimxi, kif ukoll lil min juża’ r-rota u jagħti kontribut mhux żgħir fl-inċidenti tat-traffiku li jseħħu matul il-lejl.

Il-każ dwar it-tniġġiż mid-dawl fid-Dwejra deċiż mit-Tribunal ta’ Reviżjoni dwar l-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar nhar is-27 ta’ Ġunju hu każ rari fejn deċiżjoni tajba tal-Kummissjoni għall-Kontroll tal-Iżvilupp tinbidel mit-Tribunal fl-appell: ġeneralment bil-maqlub jiġri. Meta jinbidlu, s-soltu jkunu d-deċiżjonijiet il-ħżiena li jinbidlu, mhux dawk tajbin! Fil-fatt il-Kummissjoni għall-Kontroll ta’ l-Iżvilupp kienet irrifjutat l-applikazzjoni oriġinali minħabba li l-inħawi tad-Dwejra huma żona ta’ importanza ekologika. Sfortunatament it-Tribunal ittratta it-tniġġiż mid-dawl b’mod leġġer u kien insensittiv għall-impatti ekoloġiċi.

Li l-15-il għaqda ambjentali ngħaqdu biex jiġbru l-fondi ħalli tkompli l-ġlieda b’appell fil-Qrati hu pass tajjeb ‘il-quddiem. Il-ħarsien tas-siti tan-Natura 2000 hi għadma iebsa, imma jeħtieġ li jibqa’ għaddej. Imma li jsir appell minn din id-deċiżjoni skandaluża tat-Tribunal ta’ Reviżjoni tal-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar għandu jkun biss l-ewwel pass.

Għandna nirrejalizzaw li l-Awtorità għall-Ambjent u r-Riżorsi għandha l-poter u l-awtorità taħt id-Direttiva Ewropea dwar l-abitati li mhiex tagħmel użu tagħhom sewwa. L-ERA għandha tasserixxi ruħha u tenforza r-regoli, u jekk hemm bżonn tibqa’ għaddejja minn fuq l-Awtorità tal-Ippjanar kif tista’ u għandha tagħmel kull meta dan ikun neċessarju.

Ikun ferm aħjar kieku l-Ministru għall-Ambjent jinsisti mal-ERA biex din tieħu ħsieb iż-żoni ekoloġiċi sewwa. Ovvjament għandu jassigura li jkunu ipprovduti riżorsi adegwati.

Il-kaz tad-Dwejra hu każ speċifiku li fih l-ERA tista’ tieħu l-mazz f’idejha. X’ser tagħmel?

Ippubblikat fuq Illum : il-Ħadd 7 ta’ Lulju 2019

 

 

 

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The music of the night

Satellite photos clearly indicate the extent of light pollution in Malta: it is comparable to that in most urban areas in the European continent. As a result, the music of the night is made inaudible. The night is being “impeded from unfurling its splendour”, as the Phantom of the Opera repeatedly emphasises in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece.

Some years back, during the budget debate, a project related to intelligent street lighting was launched. When implemented, such a project would be an effective contribution to the reduction of light pollution all over the Maltese islands. Unfortunately, we have not heard of any substantial progress on the matter since late 2013, when the project was first announced.

Excessive artificial lighting used during the night is not only an inefficient use of energy, and the consequential contribution to additional carbon emissions which can be avoided, it is also a disturbance of nocturnal animal life and potentially injurious to human health.

Way back in 2007, Birdlife in Malta had published a study on the impact of night lighting on seabirds and nocturnal migrant species. The study is entitled Light Pollution and its effects on Yelkouan Shearwaters in Malta; causes and solutions. The context of the study is the EU Life project site at l-Aħrax in Mellieħa, in the area known as l-Irdum tal-Madonna, the site of a seabird colony.

The observations made and the solutions proposed in the study could easily form the basis for an action plan applicable to all of the Maltese islands to address light pollution because, in Malta, this is a serious problem not just for shearwaters but also in terms of carbon emissions and our quality of life.

As a result of Malta’s high population density, nocturnal light pollution has a considerable impact on both urban and rural areas all over the Maltese Islands. Ecologically, it has an impact on birds, moths and bats but it also has a considerable impact on animal behaviour in general. Beyond wildlife, light pollution creates glare which is a road safety issue and has an impact on drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and is known to play a considerable part in nocturnal traffic accidents.

The Dwejra light pollution case decided by the Environment and Planning Revision Tribunal on the 27 June is a rare case when a sensible decision was taken by the Planning Control Commission only for it to be reversed on appeal: normally it is the other way round! In fact, the Planning Control Commission had refused the original application on the basis that the Dwejra area is an area of ecological importance. Unfortunately, the Tribunal treated the issue of light pollution very lightly and was insensitive to its ecological impacts.

The coming together of fifteen environmental NGOs to crowd-fund the fight on appeal in Court is a good step forward. Protecting Natura 2000 sites is a tough fight but it needs to go on. Appealing against the scandalous decision of the Environment and Planning Revision Tribunal should, however, only be a first step. It should be realised that the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has powers and authority under the provisions of the EU Habitats Directive that it does not make sufficient use of. The ERA should assert itself and enforce the rules, bulldozing through the Planning Authority whenever this is necessary.

It would be much better if the Hon. Minister for the Environment insists that the ERA manages areas of ecological importance appropriately. Obviously, he must ensure that adequate resources are provided.

This Dwejra case is a specific example of where the ERA can have the final word. Will it?

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday : 7 July 2019

A financial surplus, yet an environmental deficit

As was expected, last Monday’s budget speech solemnly announced a budget surplus for the first time in many years. However, the environmental deficit was, as usual, hidden between the lines.

The budget is aptly titled Preparing for the Future (Inlestu għall-Futur). In dealing with environmental issues, the budget speech does not lay down clearly the path the government will be following. At times, it postpones matters – proposing studies and consultations on subjects that have been in the public domain for ages.

On the subject of vacant properties, the government prefers the carrot to the stick. In order to get dilapidated and empty properties in village centres back on the rental market, it is offering a €25,000 grant to renovate such properties, but then rightly insists that, once renovated these should be made available for social housing for a minimum of 10 years. In previous budgets, various other fiscal incentives have been offered to encourage such properties being placed back on the market.

After offering so many carrots, it would also make sense to use the stick by way of taxing vacant properties in situations where the owner is continuously ignoring the signals sent regarding the social, economic and environmental impacts of empty properties.

The budget speech announced improvements to rental subsidies. However, it then opted to postpone the regulation of the rental market. It announced a White Paper on the subject which, when published, will propose ways of regulating the market without in any way regulating the subject of rents. In view of the currently abnormal situation of sky-high rents, this is sheer madness.

It is fine to ensure that the duties and responsibilities of landlords and tenants are clearly spelt out. Does anyone argue with that in 2017? It should have been done years ago. Instead of a White Paper a Legal Notice defining clear-cut duties and responsibilities would suffice: there is no need to wait.

It is, however, too much to bear when a “social democrat” Finance Minister declares  that he will not even consider rent control. There are ways and means of ensuring that the market acts fairly. Other countries have done it and are still doing it, as rental greed has no preferred nationality. Ignoring this possibility is not a good omen. The market should not be glorified by the Finance Minister; it should be tamed rather than further encouraged to keep running wild with the resulting social havoc it has created.

This brings us to transport and roads. The Finance Minister sends a clear message when he stated (on page 44 of the budget speech) that no one should be under the illusion that upgrading the road infrastructure will, on its own, resolve the traffic (congestion) problem. Edward Scicluna hints on the following page of his speech that he is not too happy with the current situation. He laments that the more developed countries encourage active mobility through walking, cycling and the use of motorbikes, as well as various means of public transport, simultaneously discouraging the use of the private car. However, he does not then proceed to the logical conclusion of his statement: scrapping large-scale road infrastructural projects such as the proposed Marsa flyover or the proposed tunnels below the Santa Luċija roundabout announced recently by Minister Ian Borg.

These projects, like the Kappara flyover currently in its final stages, will only serve to increase the capacity of our roads. And this means only one thing: more cars on our roads. It is certified madness.

While the Government’s policy of increasing the capacity of existing roads through the construction of flyovers and tunnels will address congestion in the short term, it will lead to increased traffic on our roads. This moves the problem to the future, when it will be worse and more difficult to tackle. The government is acting like an overweight individual who ‘solves’ the problem of his expanding wasteline by changing his wardrobe instead of going on a painful but necessary diet.

This cancels out the positive impact of other policies announced in the budget speech such as free public transport to young people aged between 16 and 20, free (collective) transport to all schools, incentives for car-pooling, grants encouraging the purchase of bicycles, pedelec bicycles and scooters, reduction in the VAT charged when hiring bicycles as well as the introduction of bicycle lanes, as well as encouraging the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles.

All this contributes to the current environmental deficit. And I have not even mentioned issues of land use planning once.

Published in The Malta Independent on Sunday – 15 October 2017

Konsultazzjoni fis-sajf

School Opening Hours Consultation                  pre-budget 2016

 

Ma nafx jekk hux apposta, imma f’dawn il-ġranet il-Gvern beda żewġ eżerċizzji ta’ konsultazzjoni.

L-ewwel wieħed, iktar kmieni din il-ġimgħa kien dwar il-Budget li jmiss. Dan sar bil-pubblikazzjoni tad-dokument ta’ qabel il-budget intitolat Delivering our Vision. Ma sibtx verzjoni bil-Malti ta’ dan id-dokument. Forsi għax tekniku. Imma xorta mhux aċċettabbli li materji ta’ importanza bħalma hi l-politika ekonomika u fiskali tal-pajjiż ma jkunux spjegati ukoll b’dokumenti bl-ilsien Malti. Suppost li qbiżna l-ħamsin sena bħala pajjiż indipendenti.

Ikolli ngħid l-istess ħaġa għall-White Paper li ħarġet dwar it-trasport għall-iskejjel. Din ħarġet il-bieraħ u hi intitolata School Opening Hours and Traffic Congestion. Hi parti minn eżerċiżżju importanti. Għalfejn bl-Ingliż? Għalfejn fi tmiem il-ġimgħa fis-sajf?

Kulltant jiġini d-dubju x’inhu l-iskop meta l-affarijiet isiru b’dan il-mod. Jekk hux kumbinazzjoni inkella jekk ikunux ippjanati.

Il-lingwa tas-sinjali

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Meta l-Ministru tal-Finanzi kien qiegħed jaqra d-diskors tal-Budget il-ġimgħa l-oħra d-diskors tiegħu kien maqlub għal-lingwa tas-sinjali (bil-malti). L-istess id-diskors tal-Kap tal-Opposizzjoni l-bieraħ u iktar tard matul il-ġimgħa l-istess ser jiġri bit-tweġiba tal-Prim Ministru.

Tajjeb. Anzi tajjeb ħafna.

Huwa neċessarju li nifhmu li dan m’huwiex xi kapriċċ iżda neċessita. Hu pass pożittiv. Iżda huwa meħtieġ li dan ikun estiż għall-oqsma kollha tal-amministrazzjoni pubblika. Bħala minimu naħseb li hu neċessarju li jkun hemm aċċess għal-lingwa tas-sinjali f’dawk l-oqsma tal-amministrazzjoni pubblika li huma f’kuntatt dirett mal-pubbliku.

Hu neċessarju li l-Korp tal-Pulizija jkollu membri tiegħu imħarrġa biex jikkomunikaw bil-lingwa tas-sinjali għax il-pulizija f’kull ħin ikunu in kuntatt ma kull settur tal-popolazzjoni u huwa neċessarju li jkun possibli li l-pulizija tkun f’posizzjoni li tikkomunika ma kulħadd. L-istess jgħodd għad-dipartiment tal-protezzjoni ċivili, għad-dipartment tal-edukazzjoni, għad-dipartiment tas-servizzi soċjali kif ukoll għall-Kunsilli Lokali.

Mhux faċli li tħarreġ in-nies mil-lum għal għada. Dan nifhmu. Bħalma nifhem l-impenn li s-soċjetá tagħna tkun dejjem iktar inklussiva: tagħti spazju lil kulħadd, tisma’ lil kulħadd u tagħti l-opportunitá lil kulħadd biex isemma’ leħnu. Huwa proċess li jieħu ż-żmien. Imma huwa proċess li bħalma ġie emfasizzat fil-Manifest Elettorali ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika fl-aħħar elezzjoni ġenerali, jeħtieġ li jwassal biex il-lingwa tas-sinjali tkun rikonoxxuta ukoll bħala lingwa uffiċjali tal-pajjiż.

B’hekk inkunu dejjem iktar pajjiż li jinkludi lil kulħadd: jisma’ lil kulħadd u jħalli lil kulħadd isemma’ leħnu b’dik il-lingwa li jifhem u li hu kapaċi juża.

Ippubblikat fuq iNews it-Tlieta 12 ta’ Novembru 2013

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Mhux budget ħażin …………. iżda budget sfukat

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Segwejt il-budget u qrajt uħud mill-kummenti dwaru.  Il-budget mhux wieħed ħażin iżda huwa sfukat. Fih miżuri posittivi. Fih ukoll numru ta’ miżuri kontradittorji.

Meta tħares lejn l-estimi l-ewwel mistoqsija loġika hi dwar id-dħul li l-Gvern qiegħed jipproġetta. Billi f’Gunju li għadda d-dħul mill-VAT u t-taxxa tad-dħul kienu baxxi meta mqabbla ma dak proġettat, għadu mhux ċar jekk il-projezzjonijiet tad-dħul tal-Gvern għall-2014 humiex ottimisti ż-żejjed. Issa skont il-Ministru tal-Finanzi l-projezzjonijiet li fuqhom huwa bbażat il-budget ġew verifikati mill-Awditur Ġenerali. Dan għandu jserrħilna moħħna imma l-Ministru għandu jippubblika l-konklużjonijiet  tal-Awditur Ġenerali.

Inqis it-traħħis tal-kontijiet tad-dawl u l-ilma, l-bidu tal-proċess tal-ftuħ ta’ childcare centres b’xejn, l-emfasi fuq il-kunċett ta’ ‘making work pay’, kif ukoll il-proposti ta’ programmi w inċentivi għal żgħażagħ li la qegħdin fis-suq tax-xogħol u l-anqas jistudjaw fost il-miżuri pożittivi ewlenin tal-budget imressqa l-bieraħ mill-Ministru tal-Finanzi Edward Scicluna.

Madanakollu meta tħares lejn il-budget fit-totalita’ tiegħu Alternattiva Demokratika tħoss li  huwa sfukat u filwaqt li hemm ftit kliem fuq kollox, il-propost konkreti li fih huma ftit. Fih  ukoll numru ta’ kontradizzjonijiet.

F’xi oqsma m’hemmx direzzjoni ċara. Eżempju ta’ dan huwa fejn jidħlu l-awtoritajiet u l-kummissjonijiet, għax minflok jissimplifika l-amministrazzjoni l-Gvern qed jikkomplika l-affarijiet. F’pajjiz żgħir fid-daqs bħal Malta, minflok ma jkompli jikkonsolida l-awtoritajiet il-Gvern qed jerġa’ jisparpalja r-riżorsi bil-ħolqien ta’ awtoritajiet u kummissjonijiet ġodda. Eżempju ta’ dan huwa l-ħolqien tal- Awtorita dwar l-Avjazzjoni, liema qasam se jerga jinqata’ minn Transport Malta u dan wara li matul l-aħħar snin kienet seħħet il-konsolidazzjoni ta’ l-oqsma kollha konnessi mat-trasport f’Awtorita’ waħda . B’id waħda l-Gvern jipprietka kontra l-burokrazija u bl-oħra jkattarha.

Fil-budget il-Gvern jemfasizza l-bżonn tal-ħarsien tal-kosta, iżda imbagħad iħalli l-oxxenita ambjentali kbira tal-abbużi tal-bini illegali fuq art pubblika fl-Armier. Tisemmi emfasi fuq il-monitoraġġ tal-kwalita’ tal-arja imma fl-istess ħin ser jiżdied it-traffiku fil-Belt Valletta. Għax il-problema  tal-Belt Valletta mhiex ic-CVA imma in-nuqqas ta’ spazji għal parkeġġ u allura hu inutli illi l-karozzi jistgħu jidħlu bla ħlas wara is-2.00pm u nhar ta’ Sibt jekk spazju fejn jipparkjaw ma hemmx. L-uniku impatt li miżura bħal din ser ikollha fuq il-Belt hu ta’ karozzi jduru jfittxu fejn jipparkjaw bil-konsegwenza ta’ iktar emissjonjiet li bla dubju jkollhom impatt negattiv fuq il-kwalita’ tal-arja.

Dan iwassal għal konklużjoni loġika li tal-inqas għalissa l-Gvern qata’ qalbu li jkun hemm trasport pubbliku sura, anke lejn il-Belt. M’hemm l-ebda referenza għal inkoraggiment ta’ mezzi alternattivi ta’ trasport u lanqas ma jissemmew ideat dwar kif se titjieb s-sistema tat-trasport pubbliku. Il-budget jistaħba wara in-negozjati mal-Arriva li għadhom pendenti u fi stadju delikat.

Jidher ukoll li l-Gvern qata’ qalbu li għalissa jsolvi l-problema ta’ tfal li qed jitwasslu kmieni ħafna l-iskola. Is-soluzzjoni li ħareġ biha hija li joffri kolazzjon lit-tfal li jkun kmieni l-iskola. Dan flok ma ttanta li jfassal strateġija kredibbli li ssaħħaħ t-trasport lejn l-iskejjel.

Filwaqt li t-taxxi għal min jaqla’ l-aktar ikomplu jonqsu, l-persuni b’diżabilita se jibqgħu b’pensjoni miżera ta’ nofs il-paga minima. Fl-istess ħin il-paga minima, li tfisser li familji sħaħ jgħixu fil-periklu tal-faqar, se tibqa’ l-istess. Il-proposti tal-Caritas għal bidla fil-paga minima bħala strument ta’ għajnuna lill-kategoriji l-iktar vulnerabbli fis-soċjeta ġie injorat.  L-aġġustament għall-għoli tal-ħajja fil-paga minima jħalliha fl-istess ilma.

Għal Alternattiva Demokratika il-budget għaldaqstant m’huwiex wieħed negattiv iżda sfukat.

ippubblikat fuq iNews it-Tlieta 5 ta’ Novembru 2013

Id-diżonesta fiskali tal-Partit Laburista fil-Gvern

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Fit-Times ta’ dal-għodu u fil-gazzetti l-oħra fi ġranet oħra hemm kumment dwar dak li ġej fil-budget li jmiss.

Waqt il-Kampanja Elettorali ta’ Marzu li għaddiet il-Labour Party ta’ Malta wiegħed li ser iwettaq dak li kien diga wiegħed il-PN fil-budget li ma kienx approvat u ċjoe li l-Income Tax tonqos.  Il-PN ukoll kien qiegħed iwiegħed li jwettaq dik il-wegħda.

Alternattiva Demokratika kienet iddikjarat dakinnhar li dan kollu kien falz. Kienu wegħdiet diżonesti tal-Partit Laburista u tal-PN għax jekk id-dħul tal-Gvern kien ser jonqos minħabba t-tnaqqis mit-taxxa tad-dħul il-Gvern ried ta’ bil-fors jikkumpensa b’xi mod ieħor:  jew billi jintroduċi taxxi ġodda inkella billi jnaqqas l-infieq. U billi l-infieq ma kienx jidher li ser jonqos bil-fors kellhom jiżdiedu t-taxxi.

Il-Partit Laburista dejjem wieġeb li ma kellux il-ħsieb li jżid it-taxxi għax l-ekonomija kienet ser tikber, qaluna. U jekk tikber l-ekonomija jiżdied id-dħul tal-Gvern, biżżejjed biex jagħmel tajjeb għat-tnaqqis tal-Income Tax.

Għal darba oħra issa Alternattiva Demokratika qed tingħata raġun.

Fil-budget li ser jipproponi l-Ministru Edward Scicluna f’Novembru li ġej ser jiżdiedu t-taxxi indiretti b’€50 miljun. Dawk it-taxxi jiġifieri li ma jiddependux fuq id-dħul tal-individwu. Mela l-partit politiku li jippretendi li hu progressiv naqqas taxxa progressiva li permezz tagħha jħallas iktar min jiflaħ l-iktar u minflok ser jagħtina taxxi li jħallashom kulħadd. Kemm min jiflaħ kif ukoll min ma jiflaħx.

Il-Partit Laburista Malti kien diżonest meta wiegħed li jnaqqas it-taxxa tad-dħul.

Nistennew u naraw x’inhu ġej.

Budget 2013 – AD offers its cooperation

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Budget 2013 – AD offers its cooperation

AD – The Green Party joins Government and the Opposition in emphasising that at this difficult hour Malta needs to underline the need for economic and financial stability.

This was stated by Carmel Cacopardo, Acting Chairman of AD – The Green Party when commenting on the budget presented tonight for Parliament’s approval. AD, added Cacopardo, is making this point, notwithstanding that it believes that in the present economic circumstances as a result of which Malta faces a deficit which has exceeded 3.3% of GDP it is not the right time to reduce income tax.

AD – The Green Party reluctantly accepts the decision as it understands the message which Parliament wishes to convey that certainty and stability  are essential values in this critical moment.

The reduction of income tax payable by those whose income is at minimum wage level is a welcome measure about which AD congratulates Government for its introduction. AD has also noted and applauds measures buttressing the creation of work opportunities, education and training.

Ralph Cassar, AD Secretary General added that Government has not yet announced any new incentives for those installing alternative energy sytems such as Photovoltaic panels an area in which Malta lags far behind other countries. AD also appeals to government to announce its plans on The Green Economy. It is the opportune moment to tackle the creation of green jobs with reasonable working conditions. Government’s plans in this respect are awaited.”

AD-The Green Party has noted the proposal of a number of infrastructural projects in respect of which it will comment when the relative details are known.

Cacopardo concluded by stating that in this first political message after the general election AD-The Green Party wants to affirm that it is committed in favour of its political programme emphasising civil rights, environmental protection and social justice.  With this in mind it offers its commitment to a critical cooperation to the political and social forces in the country.

Budget 2013 – Alternattiva toffri l-id ta’ kooperazzjoni

Alternattiva Demokratika tinghaqad mal-Gvern u l-Opposizzjoni biex temfasizza li f’din is-siegha ta’ diffikulta’ f’pajjizna hemm bzonn il-htiega li tkun sottolineata l-istabilita ekonomika u finanzjarja.

Dan qalu Carmel Cacopardo, Agent Chairman ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika huwa u jikkummenta dwar il-budget imressaq il-lejla ghall-approvazzjoni tal-Parlament. Alternattiva Demokratika qed taghmel dan, zied jghid Cacopardo, minkejja li temmen li fic-cirkustanzi ekonomici prezenti tal-pajjiz ta’ deficit finanzjarju li tela ghal 3.3% tal-Prodott Gross Nazzjonali m’huwiex il-mument opportun li jkun hemm tnaqqis fit-taxxa tad-dhul.

Alternattiva Demokratika tbaxxi rasha ghax tifhem il-messagg li jrid jaghti l-Parlament li c-certezza u l-istabilita tal-pajjiz huma valuri mehtieg f’dan il-mument kritiku.

It-tnaqqis tat-taxxa tad-dhul ghal min qieghed fuq paga minima hi mizura f’waqtha li dwarha Alternattiva Demokratika issellem lill-Gvern li ser jintroduci b’dan il-budget. Alternattiva tosserva u tapplawdi ukoll  l-mizuri li qed jigu emfasizzati favur il-holqien tax-xoghol, it-taghlim u t-tahrig.

Ralph Cassar, Segretarju Generali, zied li hemm settur ekonomiku li qed jiffaccja problemi ghax il-Gvern ghadu ma habbar l-ebda incentivi godda ghal min jinstalla sostemi ta’ energija alternattiva bhal pannelli fotovoltajici. Malta ghadha lura ferm f’dal-qasam. AD tappella lill-Gvern biex ihabbar il-pjanijiet tueghu dwar l-ekonomija l-hadra. AD temmen bis-shih fis-settur importanti tal-‘green jobs’, b’kundizzjonijiet xierqa ghall-haddiema.”

Alternattiva Demokratika innotat il-proposta ta’ numru ta’ progetti infrastrutturali li dwarhom tikkummenta meta tkun taf id-dettalji relattivi.

Cacopardo temm jghid li b’dan l-ewwel messagg politiku wara l-elezzjoni generali Alternattiva Demokratika tafferma li ser tibqa’ impenjata favur hidma bla waqfien fuq il-programm politiku taghha favur drittijiet civili, harsien ambjentali u gustizzja socjali. Ghal dan l-iskop toffri l-id tal-kooperazzjoni kritika lill-forzi politici u socjali fil-pajjiz.

Id-dilemma tal-Professur Edward Scicluna

scicluna + muscat

Waqt il-kampanja elettorali l-kelliema tal-Partit Nazzjonalista spiss ftaħru li l-finanzi tal-pajjiż kienu fis-sod. Kellhom ċertifikat, qalulna, mill-Unjoni Ewropeja li l-iżbilanċ finanzjarju kien taħt kontroll skond ir-regoli tal-EU (Il-Patt tat-Tkabbir u Stabilita’). B’ċertifikat li l-żbilanċ finanzjarju kien taħt it-3%, kienu repetutament jgħidulna, l-pajjiż kien finanzjarjament qabad it-triq it-tajba.

It-tweġiba ta’ Alternattiva Demorkatika dejjem kienet li aħna konna nieħdu pjaċir kieku l-finanzi tal-pajjiż kienu amministrati sewwa. Imma kollox kien jindika li l-affarijiet kienu differenti milli kienu qed jgħidu l-kelliema tal-Gvern: iċ-ċifri finanzjarja għal Diċembru 2012 kienu għadhom mhux pubblikati. Kollox kien jindika li meta dawn iċ-ċifri jkunu ippubblikati l-żbilanċ ser jerġa’ jisplodi.

Rapport  dal-għodu fl-Independent on Sunday jagħtina raġuna.

F’artiklu fl-ewwel paġna intitolat : Figures show 2012 public deficit redlining at 5.4% of GDP hu ċar li s-sena 2012 kienet sena oħra disżastruża għall-amministrazzjonji finanzjarja tal-pajjiż.

Waħda mill-kionsegwenzi loġiċi ta’ din l-aħbar hi li kienet irresponsabbilta’ għal Partit Nazzjonalista (li kellu iktar minn ħjiel ta’ din l-aħbar) li jwiegħed tnaqqis fit-taxxa tad-dħul. Alternattiva Demokratika biss qalitu dan waqt il-kampanja elettorali. Għax il-Partit Laburista ukoll ma kellux il-kuraġġ li jiffaċċa ir-realta.

U xi ngħidu għall-ħafna wegħdiet elettorali li jiswew flejjes kbar? Minn fejn ġejjin il-flus? Id-deficit li reġa’ kiber (fil-fatt kważi irdoppja) jfisser li mhux tnaqqis ta’ taxxi ser ikollna! Jew żieda ta’ taxxi inkella tnaqqis fl-infieq!

Issa?

X’ser jagħmel il-Professur Edward Scicluna l-Ministru tal-Finanzi?

Għandu l-kuraġġ jgħid li kemm il-PN kif ukoll il-PL għaddew lill-votanti biż-żmien?

Il-PBS u l-Labour Party: xi smajt għand tal-grocer

 

green onions

Sewwa qal Simon li in-nies għandha tiftaħ ħalqha għand tal-grocer. Ara xi smajt:

” Smajtu d-diskors ta’ Gonzi?

Iva, anke ta’ Debono smajt. Imma veru m’għaddiex imma l-budget?

Mela inti m’hux tgħix f’dinja jew? Ma tafx li Franco ivvota mal-Opposizzjoni u l-budget ma għaddiex?

Iva. Naf. Imma ma nistax nifhem x’inhu jiġri għax il-PBS għadu qed ixandar ir-reklami dwar il-budget. Għadda jew m’għaddiex?

Dak taf għaliex għadhom għaddejjin bir-riklami? Għax issa meta jitilgħu il-Labour mhux l-istess budget ser jagħmel il-Professur Scicluna? Isib ix-xogħol lest!”