Economy figures in PNs
latest campaign upgrade
The gradient to electoral victory has just been steeped
up for the Nationalists as more PR coups by the Malta Labour Party render
the PNs negative campaigning less effective. In martyring Alfred
Sant, it seems this could possible serve to alienate possible floating
and Labour voters from the pro-EU core.
The news of an additional Lm9 million for the first three years of accession
is a sign that the PNs EU negotiating skills have been avenged.
It turns after all that those Lm100 million in accession funds were
This gives the EU timetable a more precarious deadline. On 16 April
2003, Malta cannot have a no-show in Athens.
The PN have countered Labours environmental and social commitments
by arguing that million-lira projects and upgrading to EU standards
will be costing the taxpayer dearly. EU accession funds bypass the burden
being laid upon the taxpayer, and binds politicians and ministers to
proactively invest these funds into these projects. Through the supervision
of Maltas Regional Policy Directorate, whose function is to oversee
the compiling of project proposals and ensure their feasibility, there
is a legal guarantee that this money cannot be squandered.
The PN will be stressing on the EU funds once again this week with news
of the Lm9 million bonus, although the waning of the EU buzz has seen
the good news not yet being exploited to the possible maximum.
Whilst having had to shoot down the MLPs bogus pact
and its tax holidays, the PN have concentrated on the financial state
of the country.
The Prime Minister recently said that the past four and a half years
had seen the country, its industry and businesses upgrade themselves,
showing everyone was ready to grab the new opportunities on offer once
Malta joins the EU.
Industry, previously a levy-protected sector, had risen to the challenges
of the new world economy, the PM said, with many seeking new openings
in the export market.
At this, the PN are hitting out against the MLP for seeking to instil
a culture of polarisation on such a non-partisan choice as the EU.
"New Spring" is the PNs slogan on matters economic,
with the PN brandishing its track record figures.
In manufacturing, the PM has been doing the rounds by visiting factories
and other manufacturing centres. In human resources, the country has
just attracted Microsoft to take up their place in Malta and to herald
an international computer college. In agriculture, the sector will be
reformed to enable it survive todays world, with Lm77 million
allotted to the sector until 2013.