permits, licenses and free government services

The Nationalist Party has pledged to cover all costs of services provided by government entities to party organizers, if elected to government.

These services include additional police permits and services provided by LESA, Transport Malta, ARMS and the Department of Civil Protection.

The party has also promised that any machinery or scaffolding needed to place festive decorations will not be subject to any Transport Malta licensing fees for party organizers and music club warehouses.

Nationalist Party spokesman Peter Agius, along with PN MP Edwin Vassallo and candidate Francine Farrugia, announced the measures at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

“The Nationalist Party believes that these groups are focused on promoting Maltese and Gozitan traditions, and as a party we should be focused on protecting these customs, hobbies and skills, as they are part of our identity, as well as an integral part of the country’s tourism product,” said Agius.

He said that in recent years sectors such as fireworks factories, regatta groups and party goers have had to contend with “unnecessary” bureaucracies created by the government and have faced the impact of COVID-19.

These measures do not appear in the party manifesto

Vassallo said the party manifesto outlines the “vision” of the PN, while such press conferences with detailed proposals “elaborate” on that vision.

What does the PN offer?

  • A grant of €10,000 to €25,000 for music clubs, fireworks factories and warehouses of music clubs and regatta clubs to help them with their infrastructure and maintenance works.
  • Improve the legislative framework for pyrotechnic companies after consultation with all approved pyrotechnic factories.
  • A fireworks festival held at least twice a year, to encourage fireworks enthusiasts to export fireworks to other countries.
  • VAT refunds for fireworks factories.
  • Fireworks importers get vouchers to cover insurance costs.
  • Heritage Malta to organize a specific exhibition for parties and party scaffolding.
  • A PN government will push for the introduction of a Carnival Village.

All 24 proposals can be found in the PN document linked below.

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Ashley C. Reynolds