The Malta Independent 21 November 2018, Wednesday

Delia renews call for investigation in Planning Authority spending

Sunday, 30 September 2018, 11:37 Last update: about 3 months ago

Opposition leader Adrian Delia this morning continued to pile pressure on the Planning Authority's chairman for having authorised the payment of a private jet to cart a board member back to Malta from her holiday in Sicily for the vote on the db ITS site project.

He called on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Planning Minister Ian Borg to take action after the PA Chairman Johann Buttigieg admitted in another section of the media that he "would be an idiot" to authorise such a payment again.

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Opposition Leader Adrian Delia today called for a wide investigation into how the Planning Authority is spending its money.

The authority had paid €8,750 to bring over board member, Jacqueline Gili, to vote on the controversial db Group project in Pembroke.

Gili was flown in by private jet from Sicily where she was on a family vacation, and flown back after giving her approval to the project. The vote passed with 10 votes in favour and four against.

Delia said the PA needs to explain how much money it spends on travelling and how much money it spends on what it should be its responsibilities towards the community, such as parking schemes.

What money is being spent by the PA, how much and how are they being spent are the questions Delia said the PA needs to answer immediately.

This situation, he said, shows that the government does not know where good governance starts and finishes.

The PA chairman had taken responsibility for the decision to fly Gili over from Sicily but when the Prime Minister frowned upon the move, he said he would not do it again.

The minister responsible, Ian Borg, had also said action needed to be taken but so far nothing has been done, while the PM had said that he had not been even informed of this decision, Delia noted.

Delia questioned again why of Gili's vote had been unnecessary, why was that amount of money spent? On the other hand if her vote was necessary, why was she permitted to travel abroad in the first place? 
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