The Malta Employers’ Association is proposing a reduction in the number of MPs in Parliament and Cabinet Ministers, whilst at the same time pushing for better salaries, both for MPs and also for Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries. The Association has presented a document with its proposals to the Minister within the Prime Minister’s Office, Carmelo Abela.
The document proposes, among others, that Parliament should consist of 45 full-time MPs, which is some 20 members that its present complement. The Association suggests that full-time deputies should receive a salary of 55,000 euro. It further proposes that the Cabinet should be made up of just eight Ministers, with Parliamentary Secretaries being paid 65,000 euro and Ministers being given a salary of 85,000 euro per annum. It adds that the Prime Minister should receive a salary of 110,000 euro per annum.
Arguing in favour of this reform, the Association insists that MPs should not carry out other work, either with Government or in private industry. It further states that every Ministry should not have more than three members of staff employed as persons of trust and that their contracts should be made public. The Association is also recommending that political parties are financed by the state, and should not be allowed to raise funds.
The Employers’ Association stated that these reforms should be part of a package aimed at again inuring the public’s confidence in public institutions.