EU made to lower EPPO standards for Malta, PN says

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Nazzjonalist lambasted the government on Tuesday saying that the European was made to lower the standards required to accommodate Malta’s shortcomings. The Opposition was reacting to the news that the European Commission would be made to change its rules in order to set up a European Public Prosecutor’s Office because Malta has been unable to nominate three eligible candidates.

At present, the rules stipulate that participating countries would pick at least three candidates to sit on the EPPO’s College of Prosecutors. The European Council will then select one of the three shortlisted candidates following interviews by an independent selection panel. Malta has presented only two candidates for the role, leading to a situation where the Commission is now considering lowering the standards in order to move forward.

In a statement signed by the Opposition spokesperson for justice Jason Azzopardi and the Opposition spokesperson for good governance Karol Aquilina, Partit Nazzjonalista said that the government had lowered the standards in the fight against corruption. “The result of this incompetence has made Malta the worst country in Europe,” the Opposition stated.

The PN noted that the move was unprecedented, saying that it was shameful that the Commission had to lower standards to accommodate Malta’s shortcomings.