Standards Commissioner’s investigation into Mizzi’s MTA consultancy concluded

    AD insists on immediate publication


    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Commissioner for Standards in Public Life George Hyzler has concluded his investigation into the appointment of disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi as a consultant with the Malta Tourism Authority, carried out at the request of Alternattiva Demokratika chairperson Carmel Cacopardo.

    In a statement issued by the party, Cacopardo insisted that the report should be published as soon as possible, stating that it appeared that there were serious shortcomings in the circumstances surrounding Mizzi’s appointment.

    Mizzi had been Tourism Minister before resigning from Cabinet last November, shortly following the arrest of ElectroGas partner Yorgen Fenech over the assassination of journalist and government critic Daphne Caruana Galizia.

    But he was soon made consultant with the authority he was once politically responsible for. The contract was ultimately rescinded on the orders of his successor as Tourism Minister, Julia Farrugia Portelli, shortly after it leaked in late January.

    The leak led Cacopardo to ask for the investigation, and on Monday, he was informed that it had been concluded.

    The AD chair met Hyzler on Tuesday, and asked for a copy of the report, only to be told that only the Speaker could do so by law.

    Cacopardo highlighted that according to the Commissioner’s own website, his office is not empowered to release reports detailing a breach of standards, adding that consequently, it seemed clear that such a breach had been found.

    He thus contacted Speaker Anġlu Farrugia, urging him to produce a copy of the report, and was assured that this would happen once the Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life issues its approval. The committee is the only one in which government MPs do not hold a majority: the Speaker holds a casting vote.

    “It is in the interests of transparency that this report is published immediately,” Cacopardo emphasises.