The Malta Independent 20 November 2018, Tuesday

PD says PA board member flown in on private jet had missed 29 of 75 previous sittings

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 07:35 Last update: about 3 months ago

Partit Demokratiku said that the Planning Authority board member who was specifically flown in from Sicily on a private jet had missed 29 of the previous 75 sittings.

The party was commenting on a decision taken by PA chairman Johann Buttigieg to bring back to Malta Jacqueline Gili to vote on the db Group project in Pembroke on a jet, a service that cost €8,750.

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Following the decision taken by PA Board on City Center project at Pembroke, Partit Demokratiku said it has no confidence in the eligibility or credibility of most members of the PA board.

Furthermore, Johann Buttigieg, CEO of PA, has no right to use public funds in the way he has used them for the private jet arrangements of Jacqueline Gili, even if the quoted expense is within his remit. It is not up to the executive of the PA to interfere with the workings of the board, as Chairman Vince Cassar has made clear.

Partit Demokratiku questions why it was so urgent for Jacqueline Gili to attend this hearing at such great expense, when she missed 29 out of 75 previous sittings.

It is also noted that the representative on the PA board, Matthew Pace, has a conflict of interest as it is stated that he is involved in the sale of luxury apartments from the planned ITS mega complex.

The project should be halted due to these irregularities and also due to the many technical infringements pointed out in the Partit Demokratiku press release on the 23rd of September.

Developers are not clients of the PA, and should not be treated as customers at the expense of the general public.

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