Mizzi confirms secret audit to be published to coincide with EP’s Panama Papers committee visit
Minister Without Portfolio within the Office of the Prime Minister Konrad Mizzi yesterday confirmed that long-awaited audit into his financial affairs, including his heavily criticised Panamanian company and presumably his tandem New Zealand trust, will be published “very soon”.
In essence, Dr Mizzi confirmed the content of an article published by our sister publication last Sunday, which reported that the audit, some 11 months in the making, is ready and that it will be published to coincide with a factfinding mission to Malta next month by the European Parliament’s Panama Papers committee.
Harangued by journalists at a press conference in Delimara yesterday morning on the subject matter, a hard pressed Dr Mizzi was forced into commenting: “Very soon you will be in a position to know all the facts” on the secret company he opened in Panama soon after taking office, which had given him the unenviable status as the only serving EU minister to have been cited in the Panama Papers.
The EP committee, named the PANA Committee, is due in Malta on 20 February. But before that Dr Mizzi will also be quizzed by members of the European Parliament, on 26 January, about aspects of Malta’s EU Presidency plans, as will each and every Maltese Cabinet member.
Pressed by journalists to give more information, Dr Mizzi urged them to stick to the subject at hand – the press conference that was called as the MV Galea was entering Marsaxlokk Bay to prepare the Delimara power station’s Floating Storage Unit, Armada LNG Mediterranea, to take on a full consignment of LNG (see back page).
At the end of the event, journalists continued to ask the minister for more details but he refused to do so and was swept away in his ministerial car.