IVF reform, Zonqor land return and femicide are first priorities for government

Government’s first legislative priorities when parliament re-opens will be the reform of the IVF law, the transfer back to government of land in ŇĽonqor and femicide legislation, Robert Abela said.

The Prime Minister was talking to journalists just after the swearing-in ceremony of two new parliamentary secretaries – Rebecca Buttigieg and Alicia Bugeja Said.

Abela said the IVF reform will be delivered in the first 100 days. During the election campaign, the PL pledged to change the IVF law to enable couples who have had unsuccessful IVF cycles, those with a medical history and others who have miscarried to benefit from the latest scientific technology.

Abela also mentioned that the government will be actively working on the¬†return of the¬†American Univeristy of Malta (AUM) land at Marsaskala‚Äôs ŇĽonqor Point, to the public. An area in Bormla slated to house¬†dormitories for the AUM, will also be¬†handed back to the government¬†in an exchange that will see AUM granted a lease at Smart City.

The Prime Minister also promised the government will be actively working on legislation, that would be introducing femicide to the Criminal Code. The law had started to be discussed in February but will have to be tabled again.

New parliamentary secretaries

Labour MPs Rebecca Buttigieg and Alicia Bugeja Said were earlier sworn in as parliamentary secretaries.

Buttigieg was elected through a casual election on the 9th District, whilst Bugeja said was elected through the gender corrective mechanism.

Buttigieg has been appointed as parliamentary secretary for reforms and equality within Byron Camilleri’s Home Affairs¬†Ministry. The anthropologist¬†Bugeja Said, a former director of Malta‚Äôs fisheries department, will become¬†parliamentary secretary¬†for fishing,¬†aquaculture and animal rights within Anton Refalo‚Äôs Agriculture Ministry.

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