Category: Rules on ethics

16 Sep 2021

On 15 September 2021 the Commissioner for Standards launched a project entitled “Improving the Integrity and Transparency Framework in Malta”. This project will be funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG Reform) and will engage the expertise of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a respected international body…

02 Aug 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued guidelines to regulate the use of advertising and promotional material by the government and public entities. These guidelines do not represent new rules. They indicate how the Commissioner will apply the existing code of ethics for ministers in cases that involve publicly-funded advertisements or promotional material….

22 Jun 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued draft guidelines to regulate advertising and promotional material by the government and public entities. The guidelines are intended to ensure that ministers do not spend public funds on personal or political publicity. These guidelines do not represent new rules. They indicate how the Commissioner intends to…

29 Jul 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a document proposing the adoption of revised codes of ethics for members of the House of Representatives and ministers. He has submitted the document to the Standards Committee of the House of Representatives as a recommendation under article 13(1)(g) of the Standards in Public Life Act….

07 Apr 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life is extending by one month the public consultation period on his proposals for the regulation of lobbying. On 28 February 2020, the Commissioner published a consultation paper setting out proposals on how lobbying should be regulated. The Commissioner invited members of the public to submit their views on…

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…

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…

19 Dec 2019

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, Dr George Hyzler, has reacted to a statement issued by Alternattiva Demokratika following a meeting held today at Alternattiva Demokratika’s request on the issue of lobbying. During this meeting the Commissioner informed the delegation from Alternattiva Demokratika that his office was in the process of finalising proposals to…

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…