A few days ago, the PL spokesman for the Environment, Leo Brincat, spoke about the shortcomings of the Gonzi government in renewable energy and waste management. Today, the EU commission has warned the Maltese government that unless a justified reply is received within a period of two months, the EU will take Malta to the European Court of Justice for not having complied with directives which were meant to be implemented by December 2010.
The Commission accused the Government of disregarding the first warning issued in February this year and has moved on to the second stage of proceedings by sending a second warning to the Maltese Authorities. The third step would be a formal charge in the European Court of Justice.
Malta’s continued use of the Marsa power plant also came under attack. The EU informed the government that it did not limit the use of the Marsa Power Station to agreed levels. This was a final extension that the government has already exceeded in three of the four combustion plants at the Marsa Power station.
Consistent with GonziPN policy, all the government did was try and find excuses and circumventing the problems that it has failed to tackle. The BWSC scandal again comes to mind. An honest and fair handling of the tender would have ensured that deadlines were met and Malta would have avoided the embarrassment of having to be told repeatedly that it has failed to honour its commitments.
In its defense, the government has said that the new plant at Delimara, which should increase the energy generating capacity by 50 per cent, is expected to be in full service in the coming months. The government also mentioned the submarine interconnector which will connect Malta to the European electricity grid in Sicily.
Unfortunately, once again, Malta might have to face disciplinary measures and/or fines due to the inaction of GonziPN. The Prime Minister and his close associates are only intent on finishing projects and trying to recover lost votes. GonziPN is not concerned that Malta might have to face severe fines since these would only apply after the next election. In true GonziPN fashion, similar problems are swept under the carpet only to resurface at the expense of the Maltese public in the near future.