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|Joseph V. Tabone
The Today Public Policy Institute (TPPI)was a Maltese Think tank. It was not affiliated to any political party or movement. It got sponsorship and financial support from a variety of sources including Atlas Insurance, the Bank of Valletta plc., Mediatoday Ltd, and the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development.
It produced reports and arranges conferences on a very wide range of topics including:
It was managed by a 15 member board. Fr Peter Serracino Inglott was one of the founder members.An award for Civic Engagement was established by the institute in his memory. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station was the first winner, awarded by the President of the Republic at the Verdala Palace in November 2015.
In 2018, the Today Public Policy Institute closed.
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