Minister for Finance Prof. Edward Scicluna discusses the recent power cut which affected Maltese households and businesses.
He explains that despite they are not desirable and should be avoided, there is always a risk that such unforeseen incidents take place.
He notes that this is why essential operations are, or should be, equipped with backup generations which are able to step in and supply energy in instances where the regular supply fails for whatever reason.
Prof. Scicluna also notes that the Government’s decision to provide an ex gratia payment of €25, the equivalent of a week’s energy for the average household, to Maltese and Gozitan families, is indicative of a change of philosophy regarding such incidents.
This payment, Prof. Scicluna explains, shows that this Government is willing to recognize and make good for something that should not have taken place, making a break with the unwillingness of past administrations to face and accept responsibility for their shortcomings.
– Friday, 22nd August, 2014