The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life

investigates breaches of ethical standards by ministers, members of Parliament and persons of trust, and contributes to the improvement of standards of behaviour in public life.

Complaints

You can complain to the Standards Commissioner about unethical behaviour by ministers, members of Parliament or persons of trust.

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Resources

Case reports and other documents issued by the Commissioner, and the codes of ethics for ministers, MPs and persons of trust.

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Standards Committee

Parliament’s Standards Committee oversees the activities of the Commissioner. It is chaired by the Speaker of the House.

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Commissioner expresses concern about Standards Committee’s failure to publish case reports

Commissioner expresses concern about Standards Committee’s failure to publish case reports

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has written to the Speaker to express his concern over delays by Parliament’s Standards Committee in publishing case reports that are referred to it by the Commissioner. The Commissioner’s letter follows the suspension of a Committee meeting because the two members nominated by the Prime Minister failed to...
Prime Minister should have kept mask on while replying to journalists, but did not breach ethics

Prime Minister should have kept mask on while replying to journalists, but did not breach ethics

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that Prime Minister Robert Abela was not in breach of ethics when he replied to questions from journalists without wearing a mask. This incident occurred on 23 October 2020, when the Prime Minister inaugurated the new tunnel underpass at Santa Luċija. Shortly after the official inauguration...
Standards Commissioner reiterates need to avoid partisan statements in official press releases

Standards Commissioner reiterates need to avoid partisan statements in official press releases

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has stated that official press releases issued through the Department of Information should not include partisan political statements. The Commissioner for Standards came to this conclusion after considering a complaint by Prof Kevin Cassar against the Hon Silvio Schembri, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small...