Opposition and Nationalist Party Leader, Adrian Delia, said that the need has been never felt as today that Malta’s name is safeguarded. Following the European Parliament’s debate, Dr Delia said that the Maltese Euro MEPs had to defend their country in front of Europeans, instead of praising it.
He stated that the resolution notes that some of the persons mentioned in the Panama Papers are still in Government. Dr Delia said we have to see why the Police failed to take action, while saying that a county with institutions that do not function ends up scaring people not attracting them.
The Opposition Leader said that the resolution mentioned the PANA committee report that the institutions regulating the financial services in Malta face great political interference. He said that a due diligence exercise should be attentively carried out in the licensing of a bank.
He referred to various other points in the resolution, including the FIAU reports on Pilatus Bank and citizenship programme, saying these are things which are damaging the country.
Dr Delia stated that a separate resolution was presented by the Socialists Group in the Euro Parliament which expresses concern on the threat to freedom of speech in Malta and on the involvement of Maltese politicians in the Panama Papers scandal, while inviting the Maltese Government to be transparent with the EU institutions.
He added that the Nationalist Party has been long drawing the Government’s attention on the erosion of rule of law in Malta, and stressed on the need of a debate to strengthen the institutions. In this issue, he said, there is only Malta’s name and we need to show that the Maltese and Gozitans will fight so that there is really rule of law in Malta.
AĠĠORNAT: Dibattitu fil-Parlament Ewropew dwar is-saltna tad-dritt f’Malta