Watch: “I will keep my promises to Caruana Galizia’s family” – Věra Jourová

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

‘I will keep my promises to the family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia,’ European Commission Vice-President Designate for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová said during her hearing.

Jourová stated that when she was in Malta, she met with Caruana Galizia’s parents and promised her mother that she would follow the investigations closely. She added that she also promised her son whom she met in Malta that she will protect journalists, remarking that these are very strong commitments.

During the hearing, the Vice-President Designate slammed the cash-for-passport schemes piloted by the Maltese government.

Nationalist MEP and Head of Delegation Roberta Metsola who is also the EPP coordinator in these EU Commissioners’ hearing said that Daphne Caruana Galizia had investigated the cash-for-passport scheme. She added that those who seek to buy Maltese citizenship have no “genuine” link with Malta or to the European Union. She highlighted the security gaps these exposed and called for a ban on the scheme.

“I agree it is time to ban these schemes,” Jourová said, adding that EU law is limiting when it comes to enacting legislation which could make things more transparent.

During the hearing Metsola said that the portfolio with which Jourová has been entrusted is a fundamental pillar of the European project, adding that the rule of law is the basis for everything.

Jourová said that she is committed to looking at legilsation that will protect press freedom and address vexatious lawsuits in Europe, after MEP Metsola reiterated her call to establish EU anti-SLAPP legislation.