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EQUALITY FROM THE HEART WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 1 OCTOBER 2023 • ISSUE 1248 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Migration, climate change and Europe's budget: Key takeaways PAGES 14 - 15 Report labels Malta a 'transit point' for weapons and drugs trafficking PAGE 5 Hotel on stilts proposed on Townsquare project's garden PAGE 13 MED9 Summit Guns and drugs Open spaces Economic vision PAGE 6 UHM chief executive officer JOSEF VELLA argues that Malta is facing a 'crisis situation' INTERVIEW MT2 Government's plan to combat air pollution Giving up your driving licence for supermarket vouchers Malta likely to back Saudi bid for World Expo 2030 in snub to Rome KURT SANSONE MALTA is likely to back Saudi Arabia's bid to hold the World Expo 2030 in Riyadh when the host city is elected next month. Riyadh is competing with Italy's capital Rome and South Korea's Busan for the title of host city, which will be determined by a secret vote on 28 November. The Expo is a world trade fair that attracts millions of visitors and investors, and gives the host country a chance to showcase its. It is regulated by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), a Paris-based intergov- ernmental organisation. The BIE has 181 member countries, includ- ing Malta that joined in 2000. The organisa- tion functions on the principle of one coun- try, one vote. PAGE 7 Pro-choice activists gathered in Valletta on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Maltese women who had abortions in secret because Malta's law criminalises them. SEE STORY PAGES 2 AND 3 maltatoday Air Quality Plan with 25 proposals to tackle transport pollution includes: • Introduction of mobility wallet • Credits and vouchers for users who walk, cycle, use green transport • Tax on bulldozers • Scrap pre-2009 road licence distinction • Ban of second-hand cars with Euro 4 rating and lower • Consultation on allowing 16-year-olds to drive scooters with small engines €1.95

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