The Employers’ Association has appealed to Prime Minister Robert Abela to intervene and ensure all local companies involved in the films industry are not discriminated against and disadvantaged. The Association has made this appeal after describing as scandalous the attitude of the Films Commission in publishing a select list of local companies from which foreign producers can make a choice to work with in order to be entitled to tax incentives.
In another statement, the Association of Producers has stated it has requested a meeting with Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli to discuss this issue and other aspects of the industry. It has implied abuse by Films Commissioner Johann Grech, adding that his statement yesterday to justify his actions continues to aggravate the situation and damages Malta’s reputation within the films industry.
The Nationalist Party said in a statement it is concerned at this discrimination. Opposition spokesperson Therese Comodini Cachia teamed up with the request for the Films Commissioner to shoulder political responsibility and resign in the wake of this scandalous behaviour.