Malta will continue to stress that citizenship is its national competence
Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Alex Muscat said that Malta will continue to insist on its position with the European Commission that citizenship is a national competence and therefore the Investment Residence Programme should remain in force.
He was speaking to journalists in reaction to the declaration yesterday by the EC President Ursula von der Leyen during her official visit to Malta.
Parliamentary Secretary Muscat said that correspondence was held in recent months with the European Commission on the Maltese Investment Residence Programme. He said that Malta will continue to argue its case in detail with the Commission.
“We continue to believe that in relation to citizenship this is a national competence and every country will decide by itself its competence on citizenship. Recently, we had countries which, only last week, lowered their laws and dimished the need for residency for two years”.
During her Malta visit, von der Leyen stated that Malta should immediately stop the Investment Residence Programme because, through it, those who attain the Maltese citizenship are also having access to another 26 counties.
“It is of utmost importance to stop that procedure becasue we should not forget that the golden passport enable potentially the person to have access to other member states in the European Union”.
Replying to journalists’ questions, Parliamentary Secretary Muscat said that Malta’s programme attracted investors both from the United States and EU countries who want to come to Malta to expand their business.