The Malta Independent 19 March 2019, Tuesday

What Jason Azzopardi did exposed how PN government hid fisheries irregularities - PL

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 13:41 Last update: about 25 days ago

What Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi did in Parliament on Wednesday exposed how the previous PN government had hidden irregularities in the fisheries department, issues that the Labour government is not afraid to face, the PL said today.

On Wednesday, Azzopardi submitted two reports to Parliament, one from the IAID stating bad performance back when Andreina Fenech Farrugia was Director of Fisheries, and another, dating back to March 2013, where the EU Maritime Affairs and Fisheries director-general Lowri Evans is said to have been “delighted” at Malta’s progress in the sector, especially since the sector had been in a “bad place” two years earlier.

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Azzopardi’s intervention came after Fenech Farrugia was suspended following allegations that she demanded money off a Spanish tuna kingpin. She is denying the claim.

Why did Azzopardi wait 10 years to publish this report, parliamentary secretary Clint Camilleri said. And why was the person concerned transferred from the fisheries department to another authority under Azzopardi’s responsibility as minister?

It is clear that the previous government wanted to hide problems in the department. Conversely, the Labour government is affronting them and has taken action immediately, Camilleri said.

 

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