PN leader says Euro­pean Com­mis­sion should show sense of di­rec­tion on Panama Pa­pers

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

PN leader Si­mon Busut­til yes­ter­day told Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner Dim­itris Avramopou­los that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion would do well to show a sense of di­rec­tion on the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal, as its im­pli­ca­tions can reach the en­tire EU.

Dr Busut­til raised the sub­ject of “in­sti­tu­tion­alised cor­rup­tion” dur­ing a meet­ing with the Im­mi­gra­tion Com­mis­sioner. He said that while the Panama Pa­pers is­sue will be the sub­ject of de­bate in an EP In­quiry Com­mit­tee, the com­mis­sion should also pro­vide guid­ance.

The two also spoke about the is­sue of mi­gra­tion, with the PN leader ex­press­ing hopes that Malta’s EU Pres­i­dency would push for agree­ments on cer­tain dossiers re­lated to im­mi­gra­tion and asy­lum. He spoke on the need for an ef­fec­tive sol­i­dar­ity mech­a­nism and said the Dublin II reg­u­la­tions place a dis­pro­por­tion­ate re­spon­si­bil­ity on coun­tries like Malta.

Dr Busut­til and the EU com­mis­sioner also dis­cussed is­sues re­lated to se­cu­rity and said that, while Europe should not res­ur­rect in­ter­nal bor­ders, es­pe­cially in the Schen­gen area, ex­ter­nal bor­ders needed to be strength­ened.

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