MEA proposes parliamentary reform

The Association points at ‘Disillusionment in National Institutions’

DOI: Clodagh O'Neill

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Employers’ Association has presented a position paper with proposals for parliamentary reform to Minister Carmelo Abela, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister. In a press statement, the Malta Employers’ Association said that the paper presented by them voices its concern about a growing sense of disillusionment in institutions.

During a meeting held between MEA and Minister Abela, the association proposed a parliamentary reform. MEA said that the restructuring of parliament is a critical means through which other equally important reforms might be implemented to restore a sense of normality.

MEA explained how the paper proposes a leaner parliament with 45 full-time members and a maximum of 8 Ministers. MPs will be paid at €55,000 annually, Parliamentary secretaries at €65,000 annually and Ministers at €85,000 annually. The Prime Minister’s remuneration will be €110,000 annually.

Engagement of persons on positions of trust and party financing

The Association is also proposing that MPs will not be able to occupy any position with government entities, nor have an interest in private sector companies which can create a conflict of interest with their duties as MPs.

The paper presented by MEA to Minister Carmelo Abela also addresses the engagement of persons on positions of trust and party financing.

The Association is recommending that the number of such persons should be limited to no more than 3 persons per ministry and that there will be full disclosure of their contracts and duties.

On party financing, MEA said that there should be a transition to partially state-funded political parties and that corporate donations and door to door collections will be strictly prohibited.

The state of social dialogue in Malta, issues affecting the labour market and industrial relations, mandatory union membership and the principle of equal pay for work of equal value were also topics discussed during this meeting between MEA and Minister Abela.