Omtzigt calls on Maltese govt for an inclusive institutional reform process

“I have still not seen any text, but I have heard serious concerns about how the proposals were developed” - Pieter Omtzigt

Amy Mallia

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Pieter Omtzigt, a rapporteur on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta, today responded to developments in the process of institutional reform in Malta.

In a statement issued today, he said that when he visited Malta in February, he was encouraged to hear from the government that an extensive package of reform proposals was almost ready for publication and would be presented to the Venice Commission for its opinion.

“I have still not seen any text, but I have heard serious concerns about how the proposals were developed,” stated Omtzigt.

Pieter Omtzigt continued to explain that his report noted the scepticism of many in Malta who feared that the reform process would be ‘handled behind closed doors between the leadership of the governing and opposition parties’. He also stated that this would be wrong, yet it is exactly what seems to be happening.

In his statement, the rapporteur reiterated what was stated by the Venice Commission and that is was very important that reforms be adopted as the result of a process of wide consultation in society and that reforms should be designed and implemented through an open, widely inclusive and transparent process.

How the reform proposals are prepared, and whether they meet the clear requirements of the Venice Commission opinion, will affect not only their legitimacy and acceptance by the general public – it will also be a defining test for the international credibility of the Abela administration, concluded Pieter Omtzigt.