Council of Europe MPs find Malta institutions face challenges that could affect “democratic consolidation”

2022-05-24T16:38:00+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 16:38|

Photo: REUTERS/Mark Zammit Cordina A committee of MPs in the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe’s highest human rights body found that “Malta faces important challenges to the function of its democratic and rule of law institutions, which, if left unaddressed could affect the level of democratic consolidation in the country.” The warning came with [...]

There is no universe where this is acceptable behaviour

2022-05-24T12:45:32+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 12:45|

A civil servant regulates an industry. In the process she establishes a working relationship with the major investors of the industry. It should be clear that she doesn’t work for them. They have their own staff. She works in the public interest, administering the laws that regulate the behaviour of the economic players in the [...]

Balancing act

2022-05-24T12:40:53+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 12:40|

This is not going to be a popular one. New MP Julie Zahra brought her four-year-old daughter with her to do her homework (or whatever it is that passes for homework in the curriculum of a 4-year-old) in the Parliamentary chamber. She munched on a packed lunch as she scanned the chamber with her big [...]

Malta fails to implement most anti-corruption recommendations

2022-05-24T12:25:27+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 12:25|

Malta has scored abysmally in a Council of Europe evaluation on the implementation of recommendations to fight corruption. Of 23 recommendations Malta has only reached a satisfactory result in two and nine recommendations have not been implemented at all. Rapporteurs for the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) said “further progress is necessary to demonstrate [...]

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