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Budget 2018

It (UHM) said it welcomed measures on adoption and foster care as well as fiscal initiatives for taxis for the disabled. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 07:51


The Malta Developers Association welcomed the Budget, which it said confirmed that the government’s policies were aimed at sustainable economic and fiscal continuity. The measures announced would continue to incentivise investment in the property market and make it affordable in areas where regeneration and rehabilitation were sorely needed. The Budget, it said, was aimed at helping the ever-increasing middle class while incentivising the industrious and enterprising. “These are aims that MDA supports wholeheartedly,” the organisation said. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 07:51


The Gozo Tourism Association said this was a positive budget which reflected the country’s economic growth in various sectors, including the tourism industry. It was also progressive and forward. The association welcomes the scheme for the refurbishment and upgrading of the Gozitan tourism establishments. It also noted the infrastructural projects contemplated in the 2018 Budget. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 07:51


The MHRA - Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association - welcomed the government's focus on the infrastructure and social initiatives. "This will go a long way to enhance the tourism product and improve the quality of life for locals and tourists alike." The association welcomed fiscal consolidation, the increase in the Budget for the Malta Tourism Authority and measures that aim to improve the long-term sustainability of the general environment. Monday, October 9, 2017, 20:54


The waste recovery firm (Greenpak) welcomed the government's intention to open up consultation about a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, saying such a system required "serious and in-depth consultation" if it were to be introduced without imposing further costs. Monday, October 9, 2017, 20:54


The country's largest trade union (GWU) said Budget 2018 ensured wealth was shared among all workers and citizens, and expressed satisfaction that the government had paid heed to many of the union's pre-Budget proposals, from rental suggestions to calls to increase all pensions. The GWU welcomed the allocation of funds for compensation to workers who had suffered injustice. It also welcomed the start of the process to restore public holidays as well as measures to improve social welfare, social housing and the rental market. Monday, October 9, 2017, 20:54


The Green Party (AD) welcomed the government's willingness to tackle the problem of vacant properties, saying it was finally listening to AD's long-standing proposals. Monday, October 9, 2017, 20:54


The Malta Employers' Association breathed a sigh of relief that a measure to give back workers public holidays that fell on weekends had not featured, saying the delay would give social partners "sufficient breathing space compensatory measures." Monday, October 9, 2017, 20:54


The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry noted that the government's consolidated fund would remain approximately €100 million in the red over the next three years. It welcomed measures to reform the country's road infrastructure as well as the "long overdue" announcement on the offsetting of payments between private operators and the State. Monday, October 9, 2017, 20:54


We usually measure the annual Budget Speech by calculating what’s in it for us.


If that is the case, this Budget is a good Budget on all sides. No revenue measures have been increased, not even those items on which successive Finance Ministers rely year after year to get some revenue in, like the price of cigarettes, whisky or alcohol in general. This is all the more remarkable in that it has long been the practice for the first Budget after an election to carry with it tax or revenue increases to make up for the usual pre-election profligacy. This is not the case this year. Over and above all this, the Budget Speech that was read yesterday in Parliament also contains a number of measures targeted at particular situations aiming to redress past injustices or particular sectors of the population that need an exceptional leg-up due to particular circumstances. Readers can find details in the coverage of the Budget Speech in today’s issue. … This is thus a Budget of continuity, a forward-looking and an upward-looking Budget, a Budget that builds on an economy that is doing well, that has moved from a deficit situation to a surplus situation. … seeing that previous Budgets had the success they had, one is reasonably sure this one too will continue to contribute to further growth in the economy.


The Malta Independent 10.10.2017


Il-Kummissjoni Ġustizzja u Paċi tal-Knisja faħħret diversi miżuri speċifiċi li huma inklużi fil-Baġit tal-Gvern għas-sena d-dieħla imma saħqet li ma jħarisx biżżejjed fit-tul. Fir-reazzjoni tagħha għall-Baġit 2018, il-Kummissjoni faħħret il-proposti li l-Gvern ressaq dwar l-iskart, il-kontenituri tax-xorb, it-trasport kollettiv, il-vjolenza domestika, l-adozzjoni u l-fostering. Saħqet li l-Baġit jindirizza wkoll il-kwalità tal-ħajja u fost il-miżuri semmiet il-ġurnata addizzjonali ta’ leave. 12/10/17 01:36 PM


Measures such as those related to waste, the use of electric cars or gas-powered vehicles and the initiative to plant more trees in Malta are all positive. We also commend the Government’s plan to set up the ‘Ambjent Malta’ agency to protect Natura 2000 sites. BirdLife Malta looks ahead with enthusiasm to actively participate in the development of this new agency. October 10, 2017 2:44 pm


Il-FORUM qal li b’mod ġenerali dan hu budget pożittiv f’ħafna aspetti li jirrifletti t-titjib ekonomiku li seħħ fil-pajjiż fl-aħħar xhur. Il-FORUM sostna li s-surplus ma kinx xi ħaġa ta’ darba iżda jidher li qed jiżviluppa f’sitazzjoni stabbli li tagħti lil Malta pożizzjoni ekonomika b’saħħitha u potenzjal ta’ titjib u investiment. Fl-istqarrija dwar il-budget il-FORUM semma ż-żieda fil-leave u qal li l-gvern għandu jabolixxi l-capping fuq il-pensjonijiet u jagħti l-għażla lill-ħaddiema li jridu jħallsu l-kontribuzzjoni tas-Sigurtà Nazzjonali biex jieħdu pensjoni sħiħa. Aktar inċentivi biex tkun garantita l-pensjoni tat-tielet pilastru jkunu milqugħa. Il-FORUM appella lill-parlament biex jikkunsidra l-link permanenti ma’ Għawdex minħabba li Għawdex qed ibati minn tnaqqis fil-popolazzjoni minkejja l-inizjattivi kollha li qed jittieħdu. Dwar l-edukazzjoni u s-saħħa, il-FORUM qal li jeħtieġ li jkun hemm pjan fit-tul biex ikunu attirati l-aħjar professjonisti. Il-gvern għandu jagħmel l-almu tiegħu kollu biex jagħmel il-karrieri fl-edukazzjoni u s-saħħa aktar attraenti. Il-FORUM appella lill-Gvern biex jintroduċi sistemi flessibbli fis-settur pubbliku. It-Tnejn, 9 ta' Ottubru 2017