Abela should commit to Council of Europe recommendation timeline – Daphne’s sons

Swearing-in ceremony (Oath of Office) of Dr Robert Abela as Prime Minister presided by President George Vella The Palace, Valletta Ambassador’s Hall (Red Room)

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

PM Robert Abela should commit to a clear timeline to implement the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s specialised bodies and Parliamentary Assembly in their entirety, according to the sons of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

In a statement released by the Daphne Caruana Galizia foundation, Caruana Galizia’s sons said that adherence to this timeline should be closely monitored by the Committee.

The Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe is expected to convene in Paris today for an exchange of views on whether Malta is honouring its obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe.

“Anything less will see Malta’s obligations to the Council of Europe betrayed in favour of honouring obligations to the criminal system Malta’s former prime minister cultivated and protected,” said Matthew, Andrew, and Paul Caruana Galizia.

According to the three, the new prime minister has yet to commit to reform or to even acknowledge the depth of Malta’s institutional crisis.

They said that a change of leadership will risk the lifting of pressure for the government to pursue any of the pressing changes that Malta needs and which the Venice Commission, GRECO, MoneyVal, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have recommended.