Metsola requests an urgent meeting with EC Vice President over Electrogas

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

PN’s Head of Delegation and MEP Roberta Metsola has requested an urgent meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager over the Electrogas deal, after a witness testified, under oath, that the assassination was linked to the controversial ElectroGas power station deal in Delimara, Malta.

During the public inquiry sitting on Wednesday, state witness Melvin Theuma who acted as a go in between, between murder suspect Yorgen Fenech and the three suspected hitmen, told the board that Fenech once told him that he did everything with precision for the Electrogas power station and that the murder was the last thing he needs to do. “I’m feeling trapped between four walls,” Theuma quoted Fenech saying.

Fenech was one of three Electrogas directors and a principal shareholder. The consortium was selected to build and operate the gas fired power station in Delimara. The murder suspect was also the owner of a mysterious Dubai-based company, 17 Black.

The power station deal was signed in April 2015.

In her letter Metsola pointed out that Malta was often paying for electricity at a higher rate than other European member states.

The Electrogas consortium is composed of Siemens, Azeri state owned company Socar, and GEM Holding Ltd (consisting of Gasan Group, Tumas Group and CP Holdings).

Metsola highlighted that at the time of Caruana Galizia’s assassination, the investigative journalist was investigating corruption behind the controversial power station deal.

On 11 January of 2017, the European Commission had approved, under EU state aid rules, Maltese plans to pay ElectroGas for providing energy to electricity company Enemalta, saying that the measure compensates ElectroGas for the additional cost of fulfilling public service obligations.

Metsola requested the urgent meeting to discuss the position of the European Commission in relation to the power station deal, the implications of these revelations and whether any review of the EU State Aid process needs to be carried out in light of the new shocking facts.

The family of the slain journalist wrote to Siemens AG last month calling on the German company to declare the extent of its knowledge of the “Electrogas money laundering and kickback scheme”.

The German firm was reminded of its public and legally binding commitments, as part of a settlement for criminal action in the United States, to change its role from a negative to a positive one in the fight against corruption. The family noted that Siemens was failing in those commitments.