Legislative reform welcome, but not enough – Repubblika

Miguela Xuereb

Repubblika welcomed the Venice Commission’s opinion on the institutional reforms proposed by government, but emphasised that legislative efforts were not enough “to start healing Malta’s state of impunity and lawlessness.”

The organisation said that it was satisfied that government was finally “forced to accept reforms to our institutional set-up that it spent the last two and a half years forcefully resisting.”

But it highlighted that as the commission itself said, this was still a conceptual stage, and that the real tests for genuine reform was ahead. Legislation still needed to be issued, government still needed to bring them into force, and those in positions of authority needed to no longer act in “the service of the political party they support or in fear of the politician that put them there, but in the service of the country.”

Repubblika highlighted that on the same day the opinion was published, the government “also had to face the fact the world news was reporting another scandal, more crimes perpetrated by the colleagues of Robert Abela and Edward Zammit Lewis.”

It emphasised that the point of having independent police, prosecutors and judges was so that “people like Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi and Chris Cardona face justice,” stating that Malta still seemed very far from passing this test.

“As things stand, it is clear to one and all that the law does not rule in Malta. Crooks continue to rule,” Repubblika maintained.