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