Alternattiva Demokratika and the Partit Demokratiku are now officially one political party and will henceforth be known as the ADPD.
The statute and composition of the Executive Committee were approved during an AD General Meeting, followed by the similar approval of a PDL General Meeting, both over the last few days. Efforts to cement this unity have been ongoing since the end of last year with the new political party joining the EU Greens to unite with them at European levels.
The approved statute says the party is ecological and progressively based on green principles that incorporate ecological awareness, solidarity, social justice, participation democracy, non-violence, sustainability, a respect for diversity, the Rule of Law, accountability and transparency.
The APDP Managing Committee includes Carmel Cacopardo as Chairperson and Ralph Cassar as Secretary General. It is understood this is a transitory committee to consolidate the unification and will manage until May in the coming year when the new party’s Annual General Meeting will be held. The unification agreement envisages the new party will use the organisation mechanism of the Alternattiva Demokratika that was established 31 years ago.
Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said the ADPD will continue to insist at European level that the Dublin Agreement is implemented fully and every EU Member Country will share the burdens of immigration which it said are too great for Malta to carry. It maintained that Malta is not “full up” and carries the responsibility of solidarity and in this context appealed for the use of words that reflect the values embraced by the people of Malta.
He also appealed on the need for actions regarding the climate. He explained that although three years ago the Government had said it had engaged experts to draw up a strategy to halt the import of fuel-consuming vehicles, nothing more officially had been said and according to architect Cacopardo the Government does not know how it will replace the intake of tax that emanates from fuel sales. He said the solution not only depends on a change from vehicles that pollute the environment but also a decrease of private vehicles on roads.
With this as a background he said it does not make sense that investments are being made in road infrastructure when alternatively investment can be made on different modes of transport. He reminded that the Transport Masterplan had shown that 50% of trips take under 15 minutes and this means they can easily be undertaken on foot, by bicycle or the use of public transport rather than in private vehicles.