Watch: Stop the blame game, Metsola and Casa tell Abela

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The MEPs of the Partit Nazzjonalista, Roberta Metsola and David Casa said that Prime Minister Abela should own up to his mistakes and end the blame game. They were reacting to Abela’s statement that it is the fault of the Nationalist MEPs that the European Commission has started infringement proceedings against Malta because of the ‘golden passport’ scheme under which Maltese citizenship is sold to foreigners.

On Monday Vice President of the Commission Maroš Šefčovič told a press conference that the College of Commissioners decided to start the process that leads to infringement proceedings against Malta and Cyprus. then asked the Prime Minister for his reaction.

PN MEPs tarnished Malta’s reputation – Abela

Abela, who was addressing a press conference after the presentation to Parliament the 2021 Budget, was quick to pin the blame for the proceedings on comments made by Roberta Metsola and David Casa, which for the PM tarnished Malta’s reputation. He added that on the contrary, he will defend Malta’s reputation. Abela said that had it not been for the ‘golden passport’ scheme probably his Government would not have been able to present the 2021 budget which, for Abela, is the best budget ever.

Am I all powerful? – Metsola

Immediate was the reaction of Roberta Metsola.

“I’m not sure”, she said in a Tweet “what is more worrying, that he believes I am all powerful or that he truly has no idea how these things work. Totally out of his depth.

After describing the management of “the citizen selling scheme” as “scandalous”, Casa added in his Tweet that for the Prime Minister it is always somebody else’s fault not his.

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Posted by David Casa on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Other people writing on Twitter reminded Abela that it is Helena Dalli who sits on the College of Commissioners which took the decision to start infringement procedures and not Metsola or Casa.