Joseph Mus­cat should not have per­sisted with Brin­cat’s nom­i­na­tion be­fore Coun­cil – Si­mon Busut­til

Malta Independent - - NEWS - ■ Gabriel Schem­bri

Na­tion­al­ist Party Leader Si­mon Busut­til said that the Prime Min­is­ter should not have in­sisted with Leo Brin­cat’s nom­i­na­tion to sit at the Euro­pean Court of Au­di­tors.

In com­ments to The Malta Independent, the Op­po­si­tion Leader said that al­though the fi­nal word al­ways rested with the Euro­pean Coun­cil, Joseph Mus­cat should have avoided any fric­tion with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. He said that any pos­si­ble con­flict with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment should be avoided, es­pe­cially as Malta will soon be host­ing the EU Pres­i­dency.

“It is very im­ma­ture to start off the Pres­i­dency with Keith Schem­bri and Kon­rad Mizzi weigh­ing around his neck,” he added.

The PN Leader said that Joseph Mus­cat cre­ated use­less con­fronta­tion with the Euro­pean In­sti­tu­tions.

Dr Busut­til was speak­ing to jour­nal­ists fol­low­ing a visit to the MCAST cam­pus in Paola.

He was also asked about the lat­est state­ment by the Prime Min­is­ter, when dur­ing a sim­i­lar visit, said that he sees no con­flict of in­ter­est in hav­ing Keith Schem­bri’s com­pany bid for a $100 mil­lion in­vest­ment.

“In a way, this dec­la­ra­tion does not sur­prise me, es­pe­cially af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­ac­tion af­ter the whole Panama de­ba­cle,” he said.

Mr Brin­cat was ap­proved in his new role on Thurs­day by the Euro­pean Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, which over­turned the neg­a­tive re­sult at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

It is very im­ma­ture to start off the Pres­i­dency with Keith Schem­bri and Kon­rad Mizzi weigh­ing around his neck.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

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