National Archives receives land for new building

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Maltese public land was transferred yesterday in Ta’ Qali to allow the National Archives to launch construction for the preservation of the important documents in their care, according to a press release by the government’s Department of Information (DOI).

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius said that this land transfer represents another favourable investment for the Maltese environment. He also explained, according to the press release, that this project represents one of the many works that the Lands Authority carried out to return the public land to the people of Malta.

“This is a step about the future because our country’s identity is formed by the memory of our historical experiences across the centuries, and our blending with other people and countries,” said Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo. “This place for researchers will also provide an experience which is open to the public.”

In addition, Mr Bartolo stressed the importance of promoting languages to permit the introduction of new workers who will able to carry out research in the archives, according to the press release.

“The government is committed to continuing constantly raising our country’s standard of living. It was, therefore, my greatest pleasure when, a month ago, together with the Prime Minister and my colleagues, I had the pleasure of announcing the Malta National Park, which will be implemented on 450,000 square metres of public land for the benefit of the people with 50,000 square metres among these available,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg.