€5,000 each to 27 fireworks factories to improve safety practices

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€5,000 each to 27 fireworks factories to improve safety practicesA total of €5,000 each has been allocated to 27 fireworks factories to improve their safety practices.

The Government in a statement said that, the aim is to improve safety both during the manufacturing process as well as during the letting off of the fireworks.

This new fund offers financial support to Maltese fireworks factories working on a voluntary basis.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici during the distribution of funds said, “behind the spectacular and artistic displays that light up our skies, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes. We want to better recognise and safeguard this work.”

Coming at the start of the festa summer season, the fund allocates grants to fireworks factories in Malta to improve their infrastructure so that the volunteers can work in a safer environment.

The grant is also intended for volunteers to invest in resources to improve the safety of the Maltese pyrotechnic product.

The €5,000 grant can be put to infrastructural use. However, the Government said that if allocated to current expenses, these cannot exceed 40 per cent of the requested amount and must also be related to safety.

Managed by Arts Council Malta within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, a total of €170,000 is being allocated for this fund this year.

The fund was open only to licensed fireworks factories registered as voluntary organisations. In the case of fireworks factories forming part of band clubs, the band clubs were required to be registered as a voluntary organisation.

The results are available shortly on www.artscouncilmalta.org

Photograph: DOI/Clifton Fenech

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