The Malta Independent 8 August 2020, Saturday

PM Abela says he will implement changes in government to provide a better quality of life for all

Karl Azzopardi Sunday, 19 January 2020, 12:48 Last update: about 8 months ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela promised that he will make the necessary changes within his government to provide a better quality of life for everyone, during his political speech on Sunday.

"We haven't done enough, there is more that needs to be done. And this is why continuity is important; to continue building on the benefits we have already generated, but also change what needs to be changed."

Abela pointed out that this first week of his legislature was one that filled him with hope as it came as a breath of fresh air after the past months of chaos. He said that he is proud of the decisions he made while forming his new Cabinet - "a Cabinet of doers".


He stressed that this government will not allow others to determine the choices it makes - "we are the government and we take the decisions because we want to live up to the trust that the people have given us."

He said that this new Cabinet will ensure good governance as it will put forward new proposals that will strengthen the country both socially and economically.

These include a new method of appointing police commissioners, as well as creating a balance in a number of sectors.

He spoke of his decision to put the environment and planning portfolios under the same ministry. In doing so, the government is delivering a message that the environment will no longer be a victim to planning and ensure that the opposite won't happen either. "There needs to be a balance as we cannot look only at today, but also at the future for generations to come."

Abela also mentioned the introduction of a new mechanism that will ensure more participation and representation of women in parliament in order to reach a balance between the sexes.

He emphasised that none of this is achievable without a holistic approach to Malta's economic growth, one that is 'pro-market'. This government wants to acknowledge the importance of the consumer and make sure that not only businesses benefit but also the people, explained Abela.

"We have to be a party that is reactive to the changes that come with time," he said while acknowledging that there was a time when the government stopped listening to the people. He promised that this will not happen again throughout this legislature - He said that "it doesn't matter how much good we have done if we repeat the mistakes we have made."




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