A letter written earlier this year by resident
associations from the Cottonera region and other NGOs to the Prime Minister and
other members of Parliament regarding the deal between cruise liner giants MSC
and Palumbo, who run the shipyards in Cospicua has become a source of controversy
between the two sides.
On its part Palumbo Shipyards said it is
condemning allegations of the pressure groups’ claim and reiterated that there
has been no finalized agreement with MSC Cruises so far, even if this agreement
comes with positive benefits for the Maltese economy.
The company said the statement issued by
these pressure groups is nothing more than a provocation from the usual
suspects who for the past 10 years have only intended to damage the company, while
not realising that they are not only harming Palumbo on an international level,
but also the whole country.
Palumbo said that it unreservedly
condemns the defamatory allegations and reserves the right to take legal
action. Moreover, the timing of these comments are uncalled for, even more so
since the company is currently focused on saving the jobs of its workers and
contributing to the Maltese economy while this global crisis due to COVID19 is ongoing.
“Palumbo Shipyards has been placed
with the top three companies of its kind in the world, and despite the current
crisis, we will continue to work in the interests of Malta and its
citizens,” said a company spokesperson.
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