These are the main stories from Malta’s newspapers.
The Times leads with a report claiming Malta has among the highest prices for mobile data. A British comparison site placed Malta 209th among 230 countries in terms of rates payed, the third most expensive services in Europe ahead of Switzerland and Greece.
The Malta Independent quotes Finance Minister Edward Scicluna who said that economic growth is sustained by migrants because there are not enough workers in Malta. The Minister, though, says the Prime Minister’s words were twisted when he linked pensions to the inflow of foreign workers.
The Times reveals that a tender for the construction of a €23 milion underpass between Santa Luċija and Tarxien has been put on hold after the director of contracts noticed misgivings in the offer of the company that had landed the contract.
The Malta Independent says that a European Parliament committee has voted to abolish the seasonal time change as from 2021. The Transport and Tourism Committee will set up a mechanism to manage the change without disruptions in member states.
L-Orizzont speaks to a neighbour to a man who suffered injuries after a gas cylinder blew up in his home on Sunday. The neighbour said the explosion rocked the apartment building like an earthquake and asked whether there is an issue with the cylinder type after another incident a week before.
In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who said that Malta has the worst environmental results in Europe and the lack of environmental planning by government is being felt by several sectors. Delia was visiting the Nature Trust park in Marsaxlokk on Monday.
L-Orizzont says that employees at De La Rue joined the organ-donation drive by the Ministry of Health. Minister Chris Fearne said the signs from businesses were encouraging and the campaign will continue to tour companies.
In-Nazzjon covers a press conference by the Finance Ministry and says that Minister Edward Scicluna chooses to say what is convenient to the government when he dismissed reports on Malta by the European Commission and the Financial Sector Assessment Program as ‘titbits’.