“Chances of new start under PM Abela have already diminished” – Sven Giegold

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

German MEP and European Financial and Economic Policy spokesperson Sven Giegold stated that the European Commission must get serious and start a dialogue with Malta on the rule of law under Article 7 and initiate a number of specific infringement proceedings.

Article 7 comes into effect when a member state of the European Union is identified as breaching the core fundamental values of Europe and the European Union. In this eventuality, the European Council can vote on suspending the voting rights of the member state or it can also limit or eliminate access of European funds to the member state.

In a press statement, Giegold said that it is not enough for President von der Leyen to simply encourage Malta’s Prime Minister to continue reforms.

He also said that nepotism continues blatantly in Malta, linking this statement to the recent happenings in Malta, that is the appointment of Konrad Mizzi “who is accused of corruption”. as head of Malta’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The decision was then reversed. He then noted how Mizzi resigned as Minister for Tourism on the 26th of November 2019 following repeated accusations of corruption.

Sven Giegold claimed that if Malta is to overcome clientelism and conflicts of interest, the Maltese judiciary must consistently conduct investigations into all allegations of corruption. He also stated that the Maltese government should implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission swiftly and in full.