Category: Legal framework

28 Feb 2020
The Parliament building in Valletta, Malta

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has published a consultation paper setting out proposals to regulate lobbying. This is in keeping with the Standards in Public Life Act, which obliges him to make recommendations concerning the regulation of lobbying. The term “lobbying” refers to efforts by private individuals and entities to influence…

23 Nov 2019
Detail of the Maltese Parliament building in Valletta at night

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a statement reiterating that it is wrong for the government to give jobs to backbench members of Parliament, that is to say those who are not ministers or parliamentary secretaries. The statement follows a report issued by the Commissioner on 5 July 2019 in which he…

07 Nov 2019
Verdala Palace, Buskett, Malta

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, is proposing changes to the Constitution to strengthen the independence of Parliament and the judiciary, and to reinforce the principle of merit in appointments within public administration. The Commissioner’s proposals are set out in a 138-page report which he has presented to the President of Malta…

03 Oct 2019
Two persons during interview

The Public Administration Act (chapter 595 of the laws of Malta) includes a code of ethics for public employees. This code states among other things that public employees who deal with private firms as part of their official duties can be prevented from accepting jobs with those firms after resigning from public employment. According to…

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…

08 Mar 2019

Persons of trust became subject to a new code of ethics on 1 March 2019. The Standards in Public Life Act obliges persons of trust – meaning persons who are engaged in the private secretariats of ministers and parliamentary secretaries, and who serve in an advisory, consultative or executive capacity – to abide by the…