Labour will unveil its tariff reduction plans in the first week of the electoral campaign, party leader Joseph Muscat said this morning.

"We will show when and how we will reduce the electricity and water rates," he said.  Cuts, he said, would be brought in for domestic users and the manufacturing sector.

"The people will be told by how much their bills will go down, and we will give delivery dates" Dr Muscat said.

The PL’s energy policy, he added, would show households and businesses just how the party would fulfil its promise to lower rates, leaving people with more money in their pockets, he added.

The people would have a clear choice between Labour and the government, which, he said, had already told the EU that it would raise the rates.

Dr Muscat was speaking at the end of a tour of Delicata winery in Paola. He also repeated the comments later on a One Radio interview.

He was shown around the winery by director George Delicata.

The winery used over 1 million grapes in August and September alone, and has invested over €1.5 million in infrastructure over the past four years, Mr Delicata said.

“EU accession meant we had to completely change our business model to compete with imported wines. But local producers can never be on a level playing field with large foreign ones. Economies of scale just won’t allow it,” he added.

Dr Muscat praised the company for encouraging the return and reuse of glass bottles, said protecting farmers and fishermen was essential and voiced optimism about the future of Maltese products.

“I have full faith in Maltese products, and I think that with a little more education, consumers will realise just how high-quality many of them are,” he said.


Meanwhile, when asked on One Radio which district he would contest along with the second one, Dr Muscat said the decision would be announced in the coming days.

He said he was seeking advice on where would be the best district in the interests of the party.


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