70 restored file dating from 1902-1930 returned to Gozo
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Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes Julia Farrugia Portelli, has presented 70 restored files to the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana during a press conference today.
The dossiers comprise an index of files dating between 1902 and 1930 and includes details of property sales contracts, separations, causes of death, leases, and donations.
She explained that due to the continued use of these dossiers during search processes, they were in an advanced state of deterioration. Through an agreement between Malta Identity and the National Archives, the dossiers were preserved in their authenticity so they can also be enjoyed by future generations.
This restoration was completed at a cost of € 6,000 which was covered by Identity Malta, who also started the process of their digitisation.
The Parliamentary Secretary stressed that this will further simplify and speed up the processes for Gozitans who want to buy property in Gozo.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that this is a tangible and symbolic event, and is also gratifying that Gozitans will be given back part of their rich ancestral heritage.
Minister Caruana spoke about how the Ministry for Gozo is committed to collaborating with other Ministries.
She went on to explain how thanks to measures implemented by the government, such as special schemes to incentivise the property sector, Gozo is also profiting from this wealth being created.
Dr Caruana said that over the past months the Ministry has started to offer more services in Gozo to reduce hassle and red tape, as well as improve efficiency, such as an agreement reached for services provided in Gozo by Identity Malta, with other local services planned for the future.
Julia Farrugia Portelli also announced that in the first quarter of this year the request for searches was up by 7,300 in Malta and Gozo compared with the same period in 2017.
Photograph: DOI/Pierre Sammut