The Malta Independent 11 December 2016, Sunday

PS Deborah Schembri wants lands reform concluded as soon as possible

Gabriel Schembri Saturday, 30 January 2016, 08:58 Last update: about 12 months ago

Dr Deborah Schembri is still settling into her new office at Castille as Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, but she intends to hit the ground running and insists she wants the lands reform to be concluded as soon as possible. She wants things to improve by creating the necessary legal structures as not to allow room for abuse. 

Dr Schembri explains the difficult sector she has to address, while embracing the new challenges ahead. She believes that, just like in the divorce referendum campaign, with the right mind set and a clear goal in mind, she can achieve the expected results.

She was informed of her new role on the same day that Michael Falzon presented his resignation following a damning NAO report into the Gaffarena property deal. As explained, she had promised the Prime Minister she would be willing to help wherever he needs her and she looks very much ready to deliver.

The new Junior Minister said she would avoid another Gaffarena incident happening in the future by defining land valuation guidelines and having clear criteria as to why an expropriation is of public service.

Read the full interview on The Malta Independent on Sunday tomorrow

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