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€1.50 THURSDAY 29 APRIL 2021 • ISSUE 105 WWW.BUSINESSTODAY.COM.MT PAGE 5 PAGE 5 PAGE 3 Editorial PAGE 9 SOME BUSINESSES MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS MDB supports economic revitalisation in unprecedented times KURT SANSONE A €274 million management contract awarded by direct order at St Vincent de Paul breached the law, a National Audit Office investigation found. e contract was awarded by negoti- ated procedure in November 2017 to a consortium made up of James Caterers and the DB Group. e same compa- nies had already won a separate bid to build a new kitchen at SVPR and con- struct an extension. In a damning 177-page report, the NAO said that SVPR, a government institution for the elderly, the Ministry for Family and Social Solidarity and the Department of Contracts "acted in breach of legislative provisions" when they sanctioned a negotiated procedure for the management of the new blocks on the basis of urgency. Multi-million euro St Vincent de Paul contract awarded to James Caterers and DB Group broke the law - NAO Tourism industry operators excempt from paying 2021 MTA fees

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