EP de­bate on Malta’s rule of law to­day

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

A de­bate on the rule of law in Malta will be held in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment to­day.

A ma­jor­ity of par­lia­men­tary groups have signed on to a pro­posed res­o­lu­tion call­ing on Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Lawrence Cu­ta­jar to in­ves­ti­gate the Panama Pa­pers rev­e­la­tions as well as the po­lit­i­cally ex­posed peo­ple (PEPs) in the leaked re­ports of the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Anal­y­sis Unit (FIAU).

The pro­posed res­o­lu­tion also calls on the Mal­tese su­per­vi­sory and ju­di­ciary au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the li­cens­ing process of Pi­la­tus Bank. The vote on the res­o­lu­tion will be held to­mor­row.

Last Sun­day, it was re­ported that Euro­pean Par­lia­ment sources had told The Malta In­de­pen­dent on Sun­day that it would be “near to im­pos­si­ble for the joint res­o­lu­tion not to be passed through the EP given the breadth of sup­port it has re­ceived.”

The de­bate comes in the wake of the as­sas­si­na­tion of jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia. It will be the sec­ond time the rule of law in Malta is de­bated by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, the first hav­ing been called last June in the wake of the Pana­mas Pa­pers al­le­ga­tions.

It will be the third time that a con­tentious Mal­tese is­sue will be specif­i­cally treated by the EP, the first hav­ing been the highly con­tro­ver­sial In­di­vid­ual In­vestor Pro­gramme (sale of cit­i­zen­ship scheme), which had seen the vast ma­jor­ity of MEPs lined up against Malta’s stance.

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