Prime Minister Joseph Muscat appeared to hint about his future plans on Sunday when he told Labour Party delegates that "Joseph Muscat will not stop abruptly".

Dr Muscat has repeatedly declared since the last general election that he will not contest another general election, and two terms as Prime Minister are enough.

He has not, however, said when he will step down and whether he will step down from both the government and the party leadership. He has not ruled out seeking a top EU post. 

His remark on Sunday was greeted by long applause by the delegates, many of whom have been calling for him to stay on.

'Biggest open space' project

Earlier in his address, Dr Muscat said the government will be allocating land for the "biggest open space project" in a generation.

He did not mention where the area will be, but said more information will be given in the coming days.

The space would be for people to spend quality of time with their family, he said.

Closing off the Labour party general conference, Dr Muscat said people's priorities had changed amid vast economic progress.

Their priority is no longer making money, but spending quality of time with their family, he said. People could now afford to look at their quality of life instead of worrying only about making ends meet.

The government will also be implementing other plans to improve the environment, such as giving incentives to those charging their electric vehicles at home and making Gozo the first island to shift to electric cars.

It might seem ambitious to make such drastic shifts, but when has the Labour party ever ran away from a challenge, the Prime Minister said to applause.

This mentality, he said, needed to be echoed in the country. It also needed to be echoed in other sectors, such as in sports.

Dr Muscat encouraged a "winner's attitude", saying people to be disciplined to achieve their goals. "We need a winner's attitude because we are a country of winners," he said.

Affordable housing initiatives

Affordable housing has become an issue, with those who did not own property struggling to rent or buy, the Prime Minister acknowledged.

A project giving a leg up to those who truly could not afford proper housing, and could help provide another layer of stability and protection to those who need it.

"We want to help people who need to work two jobs to make ends meet," Dr Muscat said. "We need to give positive measures so those who feel left behind can be given a boost", he added.

The government wanted to do this because it never forgot its roots and always thought of those that needed help.

'Who is more competent: Joseph or Delia?'

Dr Muscat said he did not speak about the upcoming May elections during his speech, despite the annual general conference marking the start of the Labour party European Parliament and local council campaign.

This was because he did not believe in simply speaking about matters during election campaigns, only to later forget them. "Elections come and go. Politicians come and go," he said.

The Prime Minister ended his speech by encouraging people to make a choice, between which of the two party leaders is more competent and who delivers.

"Who is [the person] you know where you stand with? Joseph or Delia," he asked.

"Who can offer solutions: Joseph or Delia? Who has a vision for our children: Joseph or Delia," he asked supporters as the audience erupted into chants of "Joseph, Joseph".

"I can assure you that Joseph will not stop abruptly," he told the crowd gathered at the Labour party headquarters.

Foreigners in Malta

In a clear dig at PN leader Adrian Delia’s warnings over foreigners working in Malta, Dr Muscat asked: “Can someone explain how it is a problem that EU members are coming to work here instead of the other way around?”

International companies were saying they could not find Maltese people to work despite offering decent wages and so needed to turn to foreigners, Dr Muscat said. “I would much rather have an international company to stay in Malta but bring in foreign workers rather than shut down and leave,” he added.

Eight years ago, you would hear stories of 200 people who lost their job because a factory shut down and the Prime Minister at the time would try to console them. The present government, on the other hand, needed to console employers because they could not find enough people, he said.

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