Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

These are the main headlines for this morning.

Malta Today carries a story about possible legal action by players in the gaming sector to revoke a government decision granting a 64-year operating concession to Dragonara casino without a call for tenders. Gaming operators argue the bill may be in breach of state aid rules.

The Independent on Sunday publishes an interview with Louis Galea who has been appointed to lead a political reform within the PN. The party veteran said that internal division has contributed to electoral failure.

Il-Mument covers an interview with PN Leader Adrian Delia on Net FM after the appointment of Luois Galea as president of think-tank AŻAD. Delia said that the party showed a sign of unity that will drive a reform process.

Illum also quotes PN leader Adrian Delia who announced that Louis Galea will start his new role today with commitments in Gozo. Delia said that the process will go ahead with humility, a sense of duty, and unity.

Kulħadd says that Louis Galea had authored an official report for the PN recommending that Adrian Delia withdraws his nomination for leader in 2017. The paper publishes the conclusion of that report.

The Sunday Times reveals that Satabank has been handed a record €3 million fine for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. A joint inspection by the financial services authority and the FIAU last year condemned weak systems applied by the bank.

Malta Today says that 12,000 accounts at Satabank have been frozen while the bank has been placed under the control of EY. A police investigation is combing through ‘billions of euros’ in transactions passing through the bank.

The Sunday Times reports on a document by the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, George Hyzler, warning that government jobs offered to MPs are ‘fundamentally wrong’ and diminish the duty of parliament to scrutinise government.

The Independent on Sunday also covers the report by the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life and says that the practice gives MPs on the government side an ‘unacceptable advantage’ over Opposition MPs.

Il-Mument quotes the George Hyzler report, too, which calls for a stop to the practice. In another story, the paper publishes interviews with new PN Executive Council president Alex Perici Calascione and Administrative Committee president Carm Mifsud Bonnici.

Illum says that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is not planning any ‘major changes’ to the cabinet except the nomination of Equality Minister Helena Dalli as Malta’s member of the EU Commission.

It-Torċa carries an interview with the secretary general of the Federation of Property and Estate Agents who praised regeneration initiatives in Valletta and Cottonera but warned that projects should not overlook residents.

Kulħadd carries a feature about investment projects in school facilities to benefit students and neighbouring communities. In another story, the paper says that PN MEP was interested in contesting the role of vice president of the European People’s Party.

Illum reveals that the new Siġġiewi Local Council is expected to withdraw the objection to a social housing project filed by the previous Council. The paper says the development is set to be discussed in the coming weeks.

It-Torċa publishes a story on the fires that broke out in Miżieb last month, destroying over 4,000 trees. The paper says that Ambjent Malta is considering the possibility of building water sources in the area.

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