Robert Abela is sworn-in as Malta’s new Prime Minister

Malta has a new Prime Minister. Robert Abela was sworn-in during a special ceremony at the Palace in Valletta on Monday afternoon. He took the oath of office in front of the President of Malta, George Vella. Dr Abela was accompanied by his wife Lydia, daughter Giorgia Mae, and other relatives. After the ceremony, he […]

Malta’s Prime Ministers share a family snap on Instagram

Malta’s outgoing Prime Minister has wished his successor well in a post on social media. Joseph Muscat took to Instagram to share a photo of his wife and children alongside Robert Abela, his wife and daughter. Dr Muscat wrote: ‘On this very special day, Michelle, Etoile Ella, Soleil Sophie and I wish Lydia, Giorgia Mae […]

10 things you should know about Malta’s next Prime Minister

Robert Abela will be Malta’s next Prime Minister. The former backbench MP won the Labour leadership contest on Saturday night with 57.9 per cent of the vote. In his victory speech, he called on Malta to ‘work together for unity’. Dr Abela will take over from Joseph Muscat on Monday after he is officially sworn-in […]

Malta’s Prime Minister sports beard for first time

Malta’s Prime Minister has been showing off a dramatic new look. Joseph Muscat sported a beard in public for the first time as he made a speech in Valletta on Thursday. It’s understood he decided to stop shaving for a month to show support for the ‘Movember’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness about prostate […]

The Queen’s Malta home WILL become a museum

The Queen’s former home in Malta is to be turned into a royal museum, it has been confirmed. The Prime Minister said Villa Guardamangia ‘had the potential to become a huge tourist attraction’. Joseph Muscat told Parliament in Valletta that the government had signed a deal to buy the building following talks with Buckingham Palace. […]

What can we expect from the Malta Budget?

What a way to start the week – settling down to watch one of the major events of the year that affects your finances. We’ll find out the government’s plans for tax and spending for the year ahead on Monday night. Here’s your essential guide from 89.7 Bay.   When is the Budget? The big […]

Tributes paid to chairman of Malta’s Broadcasting Authority

Malta’s prime minister has led tributes following the death of the chairman of the Broadcasting Authority. Martin Micallef died early on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 61. Joseph Muscat tweeted: ‘Shocked to hear about the demise of Broadcasting Authority chairman Martin Micallef. ‘He fulfilled his role in an exceptional manner and will […]

Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Malta this week

The outgoing president of the European Commission will be in Malta this week for a two-day official visit. Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks with the Prime Minister at Castille in Valletta on Monday evening with Brexit high on the agenda. He will be awarded  a Maltese honour – the National Order of Merit – by […]

Malta reaches EU deal to relocate 65 migrants

Malta has allowed a group of 65 illegal immigrants rescued off Libya to come to Valletta. They were picked up from a rescue ship in the middle of the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that all 65 would be relocated to other parts of the EU, following talks with the European Commission. The migrants […]

First woman nominated to lead European Commission

Europe’s leaders have agreed to give two of the top four EU jobs to women for the first time. German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated to replace Jean Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, who is French, was put forward for the […]

Malta’s Prime Minister orders halt to all demolition work

The Prime Minister has ordered all excavation and demolition work in Malta to be suspended. Joseph Muscat made the announcement just hours after a wall collapsed at a house in Hamrun in the second such incident in less than a week and the third in two months. He said that no more excavation work will […]

Malta’s biggest printer announces €7 million investment

Malta’s biggest printing firm has announced plans to expand its operations, creating dozens of new jobs. Gutenberg Press said it will invest €7 million in its two factories in Tarxien and Bulebel to meet soaring customer demand from the UK. The company, which opened in Malta in 1982, specialises in printing books, magazines, high quality […]

Prime Minister reveals more about ‘Metro Malta’ rail plan

The Prime Minister has opened up about ambitious plans to build a light railway network in Malta. Joseph Muscat said the proposed Metro Malta would only work if the island’s population grows ‘significantly’. He said the cost of the project if it went ahead ‘would be substantial’. The Prime Minister added: ‘This does not mean […]

It’s going to be a Halloween Brexit – literally

European Union leaders have come to a consensus to grant the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after five hours of discussions in Brussels. The new deadline – 31st October – liberates everyone from the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday, as MPs are to this day […]

10 things you need to know about Malta’s new President

George Vella has officially been sworn-in as the President of Malta. The Prime Minister paid tribute to Malta’s new head of state as ‘a man of absolute integrity’. Dr Vella is Malta’s 10th president since 1974. He was awarded an honorary knighthood by The Queen five months ago. Malta’s outgoing president Marie Louise Coleiro Preca […]

Malta ‘wants to become Europe’s electric car leader’

Could this be another first for Malta? Joseph Muscat has called for Malta to become the European leader in electric car use. The Prime Minister urged Maltese drivers to ‘seriously consider’ switching to electric-powered vehicles and announced that ‘special benefits will be given to those who buy electric cars and charge them at home’. Addressing […]