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Authorities to cowl prices of police escort of fireworks transport

The government will cover the cost of police escorts to transport fireworks from the citizenship program, Interior Minister Byron Camilleri said Tuesday.

He said the government is allocating € 100,000 annually for this purpose.

An agreement with the Malta Pyrotechnics Association and the Band Clubs Association provides for the payment of police escorts up to eight times during the festival weeks and on other related days.

Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat, who is in charge of the citizenship system, said that so far funds from the program have mainly been used for health, the environment and housing, and that the fireworks support program has contributed to the identity of Maltese society.

The system was announced following complaints about fees charged by the police as part of a reform of the additional duties performed by civil servants.

Noel Camilleri, President of the Band Clubs Association, expressed his appreciation. He assured that the enthusiasts’ voluntary work would continue to be valued and recognized.

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