Category: Case reports

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…

22 Jun 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that there was nothing to indicate that Dr Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, had ordered Infrastructure Malta to defy a Stop and Compliance Order issued by the Environment and Resources Authority and to proceed with works in Wied Qirda, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, without a…

09 Jun 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has decided a complaint against three persons who were members of staff in the secretariat of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The complaint was submitted by Professor Arnold Cassola, who requested the Commissioner to investigate Keith Schembri for allegedly setting up a criminal organisation leading to an assassination;…

25 Mar 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has said that when ministers support initiatives by private operators, they should be careful to avoid crossing the line between providing appropriate official assistance and giving an improper advantage. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint by the NGO Repubblika against Minister Julia Farrugia…

05 Feb 2020
St George's Bay in Paceville, Malta

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, Dr George Hyzler, has said that “It inevitably raises suspicions if a minister meets a person with extensive business interests, on his own, informally and with too much familiarity.” In such cases it would be more advisable to hold a formal meeting with officials present. The Commissioner for…

24 Jan 2020

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has concluded that it would be discrimination and a breach of ethics if a minister invited some media houses but not others to press conferences or other media events organised by him or her. The Commissioner for Standards came to this conclusion after considering a complaint…