Many of the applications by this paper made to the federal government under the Liberty of Details Act over the past months were turned down.
In refusing the requests for information, the federal government typically pointed out industrial sensitivity and a variety of exemptions noted in the law as the factor for keeping documents.
Over 15 applications filed by the Times of Malta over the previous few months were declined, and the newspaper was compelled to resort to the Data Defense Commissioner, who is empowered by law to evaluate such decisions.
According to the law, even if such problems are promoted, the Prime Minister still maintains the right to keep the information asked for.
The applications included requests for info on significant deals signed by the federal government in the energy and health sectors.
Demands were also produced copies of the euro; 360 million loan assurance offered by the federal government to Electrogas, the private company that is constructing the brand-new power station.
The government also turned down a request for copies of the arrangements signed with Shanghai Electric Power of China for the sale of a 33 percent stake in Enemalta and the BWSC power plant for a total of euro; 320 million.
Other applications were for copies of reports that stay unpublished and which this paper feels the taxpayer needs to know the details of. These included the findings of the magisterial questions into the Paqpali automobile show occurrence last October and documents associated with the negotiations behind a planning authority permit granted to the child of an expert to the Farming Parliamentary Secretary.
The Prime Minister has promised to release the agreements mentioned above by the end of the year.
A demand for a breakdown of all PBS expenditures for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and all personal sponsorships got was also turned down.
It was again a lsquo; no for this paper to have access to details on expenses sent out to moms and dads for utilizing the federal governments childcare service. The reply was no such data was held. The service isoffered for complimentarytotally free but childcare centres can charge parents if a particular quantity of pre-booked hours are not utilized.
The Flexibility of Information Act was presented in 2012 by the previous administration and was indicated to promote openness and accountability in federal government.
The Nationalist Celebration has actually pledged to evaluate the law to better reflect greater European standards of openness in view of it being riddled with exemptions which compromise it. According to the law, no demands can be fileddeclared files held by the Electoral Commission, the general public Service Commission, the Work Commission, the AttorneyAttorney general of the United States, the National Audit Workplace, the Security Service and the Ombudsman.
Public entities are required to respondreact to a Liberty of Details Act request within 20 working days, though a more 20-day extension is enabled.
The reply to demands, frequently a rejection, is normally provided on the last possible day.