Mayors’ meeting held for the first time at the Parliament of Malta
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A meeting for mayors from Gozo and Malta has been held for the first time at the Parliament of Malta, as part of the various ongoing initiatives in favour of local councils during the year commemorating their 25th anniversary.
This meeting was organised by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Local Government and Communities within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, in collaboration with the Parliament of Malta and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Anglu Farrugia.
The main topics discussed were the local government reform White Paper, the decentralisation of power from the central government to local councils, and the use of European funds.
Minister Owen Bonnici said, “through this activity we are encouraging our mayors whilst showing our appreciation towards the work done by them and by the councillors. We should always ensure that we take the opportunity to keep strengthening our society and community for our benefit and for future generations as well.”
“It is thanks to our local councils’ input that we can keep on working together for the benefit of our community,” said Minister Bonnici.
Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis remarked that “our mayors should be more respected and should also be the leading citizens of their locality.”
“The mayor therefore should always be present and must be aware of everything that is going on in the locality and should be participative in everything related to the locality,” the Parliamentary Secretary added. “Therefore, in the local government reform White Paper we are asking if it’s time for mayors to be employed on a full-time basis.”
The Parliamentary Secretary concluded that he believes that by means of the local government reform together with initiatives such as today’s activity, the confidence in local councils will be fully restored once again.