Dutch MEP challenges tomorrow EU Council meeting

The situation in Malta is beyond alarming – Sophie in ’t Veld

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

This Thursday and Friday meeting of the European Council was given a broadside by Sophie in ‘t Veld, a Dutch MEP from the Democraten 66 party. In an opinion piece published in Politico, she wrote that “This week’s European Council must put the safeguarding of the rule of law in Malta squarely on its agenda by addressing it at the highest level and asking tough questions of Muscat.”

Sophie in ‘t Veld who last week headed the ad hoc mission of the European Parliament to Malta earlier this month wrote that the situation in Malta is beyond alarming and the attitude of business as usual in Brussels is not acceptable.

Corruption has pervaded politics

“Corruption has pervaded many sectors of society and politics. Money laundering, the illegal trade in oil, the sale of EU citizenship to dodgy billionaires — all of these have become huge industries in the Mediterranean island. And two years ago, Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist seeking to expose corruption in the country, was brutally silenced by a car bomb.”

Leaders not respectable

Sophie in ‘t Veld lambasted the European Council big time. She wrote that although at first glance, the European Council family photo looks like a gathering of impeccably respectable gentlemen (and a very few gentlewomen) this is definitively not the case.

The Dutch MEP wrote that among the leaders of the member countries their politicians accused of conflicts of interest and the misuse of EU funds, authoritarian leaders shamelessly replacing judges with loyalists and gagging the independent media, and government officials under dark clouds of scandal — regarding corruption, organized crime.

When referring to Malta she upped the ante: “and, when it comes to Malta, even murder.”

EU must act now

Sophie in ‘t Veld wrote in indignation that “in Brussels, however, it’s been business as usual. That needs to change.”

She said that it is “time to acknowledge that cosy small talk among leaders will never solve problems like what’s going on in Malta. The EU must act now.”

The full article can be accessed here.