Category: Case reports

10 Nov 2021

On 9 November 2021 Parliament’s Standards Committee unanimously adopted a report by the Commissioner for Standards which concluded that the Hon. Rosianne Cutajar MP had failed to declare income from the sale of a property in Mdina. In his report the Commissioner stated that the property in question had been sold for the sum of…

04 Nov 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has dismissed allegations that the Hon. Dr Karol Aquilina acted in a manner that reflected badly on Parliament by driving dangerously, ignoring police orders and driving through a red traffic light. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after the Hon. Karol Aquilina was acquitted of charges in…

12 Oct 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that Dr Joseph Muscat did not commit a breach of ethics when he travelled to Italy with his family on a holiday funded by a third party in August 2020. At that time Dr Muscat was still a member of Parliament. The Standards Commissioner arrived at…

21 Jul 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that the government’s decision to lease the Downtown Hotel in Rabat, Gozo, for use as a home for the elderly did not represent an abuse of power or a breach of ethics. The hotel was leased in 2020 as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic….

05 May 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that there was no breach of ethics in connection with the appointment of Malta’s ambassador to Ghana. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint alleging that the ambassador should not have been appointed because he had a business relationship with another Maltese…

12 Dec 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, Dr George Hyzler, has considered a complaint about a minister who allegedly failed to take action against abusive behaviour by relatives of his. The Commissioner decided that an investigation was not warranted because it was up to the Planning Authority to take action against the abuse in question,…

02 Nov 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has found that the rules whereby members of Parliament in public sector employment can be released from work to attend parliamentary activities are being abused. The Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint against opposition MPs who work in the public sector and who allegedly were…

14 Oct 2020

Parliament’s Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life today authorised the publication of a case report on the engagement of the Hon Dr Konrad Mizzi as a consultant. The report was submitted to the Committee by the Commissioner for Standards on 5 October 2020. The case concerns the engagement of Dr Konrad Mizzi as a…

19 Aug 2020

On 17 August 2020, Parliament’s Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life met to consider what action to take against former Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat over the Pétrus wines case. This followed a meeting on 22 July 2020 in which the Committee endorsed the conclusions of the Standards Commissioner, who found that Dr Muscat…

17 Jul 2020
Passengers disembarking from a flight from Dubai to Malta in December 2019.

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has found that the Hon Dr Joseph Muscat was not in breach of the Code of Ethics for Ministers when he travelled to Dubai on a private visit with his family in December 2019. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering complaints from Mr Timothy Alden…