In an announcement to Parliament, Chris Fearne, Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, confirmed plans to begin the restoration and expansion of The Addolorata Cemetery, Malta’s biggest cemetery.
According to Fearne, the cemetery has been neglected for way too long since plans for restoration had been announced back in 2012, and is in dire need of refurbishment. The expansion will see the addition of 1,338 graves.
Fearne also confirmed there will be a parliamentary discussion in April regarding the process on the introduction of cremation.
A Health Ministry spokesperson confirmed that graves had seen a price hike in recent months
“The prices of graves are set at €8,000 as per Legal Notice 425 of 2017,” the spokesperson said. “Fees for services at cemeteries were reviewed and increased towards the end of last year, the first time since 1992.”
“A legal notice has said that the price of an exhumation is now set at €50, the price for cleaning a grave is €40, while the transfer from a grave to another grave is set at €75,” they continued.