• January 18 2004
Minister defends Lm235,000 splash
At a time
when Christmas parties are considered a lavish affair, a Lm235,000 budget
for the May 1 festivities to mark the entry of Malta into the European
Union was defended by Culture minister Jesmond Mugliett.
Mr Mugliett said international media attention on this day called for
a high profile event. He confirmed that the Cabinet had specifically
chosen the Grand Harbour as the site for this national activity.
Asked if the government was insisting on a Maltese flavour for the whole
event, Mr Mugliett said the money to be spent and Maltese talent and
flavour were two criteria that would not be ignored by the adjudicating
explained that the international media was already taking an interest
in the event and it would be broadcast live on most European TV channels.
"The extraordinary promotion we can get out of this event is enough
to justify the expense."
On the 15 tenderers that have shown interest in the project and the
rumblings of discontent, Mr Mugliett insisted that it should have been
clear from the word go that the whole project required a tendering process.
He added that the successful bidder would have to have the contacts
with foreign broadcasting agencies and ensure that the public attending
the event would not have to pay to enter. The tendering process is expected
to close on the 20 January.