The Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes, Julia Farrugia Portelli, stated that the budget will continue with Government’s reformist agenda.
The Parliamentary Secretary said the budget for next year will continue building on the previous ones, and will increase Government’s commitment to address human trafficking and prostitution with a 150% increase in funds for these reforms.
Julia Farrugia Portelli explained that as from next year a new strategy will kick in for more prevention and awareness, more protection of victims and a harsher fight by the Police and Courts against traffickers. The Parliamentary Secretary added that programmes for victims of prostitution have been strengthened to enable them to make their escape from this situation.
The Parliamentary Secretary said the budget also takes empowerment into account, among other issues so that more women will enter politics, adding that the technical committee on this issue will make its proposals to the Cabinet, and an educational campaign will be carried out through European funds.
Farrugia Portelli added that by the end of the scholastic year some 9,000 students will be reached through a prevention campaign which will strengthen skills, thus preventing them from becoming embroiled in vices. Efforts will also be made for adults purchasing cannabis to be able to do so with the least possible harm to their health.
The Parliamentary Secretary also announced that as from next year documents needed by Identity Malta will be accessible with greater ease.
“Identity Malta announced that next week we will be holding discussions with all stakeholders to give them a date from which we will start accepting in November every application for work permits for workers still outside the country, and who can now start doing this online.”
The Parlimentary Secretary added that this will be possible following a successful pilot project among 16 companies.
Referring to the citizenship investment programm, Julia Farrugia Portelli stated that even without it, the country would still show a surplus.