German Greens MEP Sven Giegold has been stopped from joining the European Parliament delegation visiting Malta multiple times.
Sources in Brussels have informed Newsbook.com.mt that MEPs from the Socialists and Democrats group have been attempting to prevent Giegold from forming part of this delegation. These sources also said that the Government of Malta is behind this.
Moreover, they said that due to the fact that Giegold does not form part of the Civil Liberties Committee, it would be difficult for him to be allowed to attend. These same sources went on to say that with Giegold’s connections within his own party, he had taken MEP Judith Sargentini’s spot. The Dutch Group of the Greens was the rapporteur for the report calling for sanctions on Hungary with the activation of Article 7 of the EU Treaty.
Gomes will not form part of this delegation
Portuguese Socialist MEP Ana Gomes will not form part of this delegation. In an interview last week, she told Newsbook.com.mt that she is pleased that a group from the European Parliament, which is different from that led by herself, will be able to follow-up on her work. More here:
Rule of law monitoring group
This delegation is made up of MEPs who form part of the Civil Liberties Committee in the European Parliament. The Committee has set up a Rule of Law monitoring group which is chaired by ALDE MEP Sophia in ‘t Veld. Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola will also form part of the delegation. The monitoring board will build on the two ad hoc EP visits to Malta (December 2017) and Slovakia (March 2018) following the murders of the Maltese blogger and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and the Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée.
The delegation will be visiting Malta between Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of September. A press conference is expected to be held on Thursday afternoon.