Category: Case reports

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…

03 Dec 2019
Facebook login screen on a smartphone

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has concluded that the use of public resources to maintain a minister’s personal Facebook page or to produce material for that page represents an abuse. This applies equally to the use of public funds for such purposes and to the assignment of such work to government…

22 Nov 2019
The facade of the Auberge de Castille in Valletta, which houses the Prime Minister's office

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has concluded that the Prime Minister did not commit a breach of ethics when he engaged a British law firm to send a legal letter on behalf of the government. The case relates to the publication of a book entitled Murder on the Malta Express, which…

04 Oct 2019
The Office of the Prime Minister, Auberge de Castille, Valletta, Malta

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that a government press statement of 17 August 2019 was incorrect to claim that ministers’ salaries are exactly the same as they were in 2013. However, this was due to inattention rather than a deliberate attempt to deceive, and in any case it was corrected immediately….

17 Sep 2019

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report on a complaint by Dr Andrew Borg Cardona alleging that a press statement issued by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government through the Department of Information (DOI) constituted inappropriate use of public resources because it was political in nature. The ministerial statement…

10 Aug 2019
The website of the Department of Information

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report calling on ministers and the Department of Information (DOI) not to issue press statements that are unrelated to official matters or that are partisan in tone. The Commissioner’s report deals with a press statement issued by the Ministry for Tourism through the DOI on…

06 Jul 2019
Exterior detail of the Maltese Parliament building

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report calling for an end to the practice of giving backbench members of Parliament jobs or consultancies with the government. The report describes the practice as “fundamentally wrong”. The Commissioner concluded that this practice dilutes Parliament’s role of scrutinising the executive; goes against the underlying…