Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visited the Mtarfa square and Clock Tower sites together with the locality’s mayor Daniel Attard. This site will experience a regeneration and restoration project with an investment of around €1.5 million, with the goal of being completed by 2022.
Minister Borg explained that our country is lucky to have a strong sense of community and it is therefore very important for the Government to continue working towards such initiatives that not only strengthen the aesthetic value and quality of the public space itself but also regenerate cultural heritage that makes us proud to be Maltese.
Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli explained that the clock tower project and the regional cultural centre, which will be carried out with an additional investment of around €0.5 million co-financed by the European Union, is a good example of the success Malta has made out of its membership in the European Union.
Apart from the great infrastructural projects which were implemented with the help of EU funds, this project is an example of how we are bringing EU funds to the communities of our villages and cities. This is not a coincidence, but thanks to proactive Councils that recognised potential and worked hand in hand with entities like MEUSAC to benefit from the opportunities they offered, which entities were instrumental in order not to send one cent back to Brussels.
Minister Owen Bonnici made reference to the Restoration Directorate, which falls under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, which is currently working on 71 restoration projects simultaneously and lauded this initiative to restore this iconic monument in Mtarfa with the help of EU funds.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that this government seriously believes in local governance. In fact the Local Government Reform will strengthen both local and regional councils. This reform is expected to deliver in the social sphere, so that no one is denied the opportunities or the services offered. In this regard, the reform is to secure an improvement in quality of life for everyone, including senior citizens and persons with disability.« Back