Partit Demokratika is calling on the authorities to create a Lobbyist Register that curbs political influence that does not benefit the public.
PD explains that the current political climate has the Labour government and Nationalist party in cahoots with big business and organisations which receive financial benefits through taxpayer’s money. Ultimately, they this has had a detrimental impact on the public good.
For this reason, PD’s interim leader Godfrey Farrugia says that the party is calling for, ‘the establishment of a Lobbyist Register and crystal clear legal amendments and reforms in party financing law, as well as whistleblower and Public Standards acts,’
In order for this to happen they demand that the Commissioner for Non-Governmental Organisations to be more vocal in asking the Commissioner for Public Standards to draft a bill which creates the Lobby Register.
This they point out, is particularly important when addressing organisations like the Malta Developer’s Association. They state that, ‘In a mature European democracy, the MDA would be defined as a lobbyist organisation and not an NGO.’