David Casa’s team is compliant with EU rules according to the European Parliament. This was made clear in a swift reply to a request made by a Labour Party election candidate to investigate Casa. In a letter, Lorenzo Mannelli on behalf of the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, informed Alex Saliba that the information he has provided with regard to the local parliamentary assistants employed with the MEP demonstrated that there was no breach of the European Parliament’s rules. In addition, Mannelli stated that there is no evidence of the existence of a conflict of interest as cited by Saliba.
Former President of Forum Żgħażagħ Laburisti, Alex Saliba, was prompted to write to the President Tajani after an article was published in MaltaToday in which the Managing Director Saviour Balzan alleged that Casa was in breach of EP regulations in view of two relatives being part of his team. Casa’s office had provided the relevant information to the paper, including the specific relevant rules. MaltaToday went on to the publish the story. The Nationalist MEP had reiterated that his employees are employed in full compliance with the rules which he said are crystal clear in the MEP Statute.
Mannelli cites two articles from the Implementing Measures for the Statute for Members of the European Parliament (IMMS) in his reply to Saliba. The two employees in question do not fall under either the two articles and thus there was no breach when they were employed.