PD joins call for urgent discussion on Corinthia project

The Democratic Party said it was crucial to fast track a discussion on the project in Parliament’s environment committee

Parliament's environment committee must fast-track a discussion on the Corinthia project, PD has urged
Parliament's environment committee must fast-track a discussion on the Corinthia project, PD has urged

A discussion on the Corinthia project in Parliament’s Environment and Development Committee is urgently needed, the Democratic Party said.

The PD - joining the call made by a number of NGOs, three local councils and seven residents' groups yesterday - said it felt it was crucial for the discussion to be fast tracked, and that it intended to make sure the item reaches the forefront of the Committee’s agenda.

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Marlene Farrugia said she had written to the Committee’s Chair, Labour MP Alex Muscat, requesting that a meeting be scheduled next week, “with the express intention of discussing the development of International Hotel Investments (IHI).”

“The last meeting was held on 10 December last year, and the proposed development along the coast of St George’s Bay must be discussed urgently and comprehensively especially due to the way in which land reclamation is being touted and its negative social and environmental impact,” the PD MP added.

“Maritime waters are legally dictated as being part of the Public Domain; though at present this legislation finds itself in limbo, awaiting a final discussion by this very same Committee”, the party said in a statement.

“Is there a hidden agenda behind the delays in agenda items, including items which the Party have itself proposed for discussion, such as a resolution for the Fuel Station Policy and the situation with tuna farming and the revisiting of Rural Policy?” asked PD MEP candidate Camilla Appelgren.

“The potentially reclaimed land which is being packaged into the Corinthia deal, aside from standing in possible conflict with legislation which is in the pipeline, would currently not fall under regulations imposed by the Lands Authority,” PD highlighted.

It said that, in light of the legal anomalies, the lack of studies and due diligence, doubts on state aid and many other factors besides, it would continue to fight for the rights of the NGOs, the three local vouncils of the area and general public.

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