Partit Nazzjonalista’s Head of Delegation and MEP David Casa was nominated by former Prime Ministers and party leaders Eddie Fenech Adami and Lawrence Gonzi and former party leader Simon Busuttil, as Casa seeks re-election in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections on behalf of Partit Nazzjonalista.
The PN Head of Delegation reiterated that the interests of ‘corrupt politicians are inevitably diametrically opposed to those of the people’. Casa said that if re-elected he will continue his work against corruption and against the abuse of power. He observed that Malta’s institutions were vulnerable to political capture and were incapable of dealing with cases of high level corruption and money laundering. The MEP stated that he will work toward more EU supervisory powers on money laundering and for the creation of structures that could effectively handle investigations into international corruption. The MEP was also the rapporteur on the Work Life Balance which has recently been approved as law.
Referring to recent reports which showed that wages in Malta had stagnated and that Maltese people on average salaries are effectively locked out of the property market, the MEP said that economic growth must not be an end in itself, saying that the rights of employees must increase alongside economic progress.
Micallef submits nomination on behalf of Partit Laburista
The founder of the Labour Youth Forum and a former Secretary General of the European Socialist Youth, Robert Micallef, has submitted his nomination for the upcoming EP elections on behalf of Partit Laburista.
In a statement Micallef said that he intends to make use of his professional experience within the European institutions if elected. Micallef was employed as an economist with the European Commission during the Malta-EU accession negotiations and was later responsible for the Eurobarometer surveys. He worked as an adviser to the European Parliament and more recent served as a diplomat in Brussels.
The MEP hopeful said that his nomination was “endorsed” by Professor Oliver Friggieri who also signed Professor Arnold Cassola’s nomination who’s running as an independent candidate. Micallef sent to Friggieri’s letter to the media which shows that it was written using University stationery showing the University’s logo and that of the Faculty of Arts. A spokesperson for the University of Malta told Newsbook.com.mt that the letter did not mean an “endorsement” but rather the opinion of the Professor about his ‘colleague and friend’. The spokesperson did not reply on whether using the University’s stationery in such cases was in the University’s best interest or whether it required prior authorisation.