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05 Aug 2022

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued his annual report for 2021. The report outlines the role of the Commissioner as set out by the Standards in Public Life Act and the procedures he follows when considering complaints against members of Parliament and persons of trust. The report states that the Standards Commissioner…

11 Jul 2022

On 11 July 2022 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published three reports dealing with integrity standards in Malta. One report reviews the operations of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life; another report addresses the Standards in Public Life Act; and the third report presents proposals for the regulation of lobbying. The…

27 Jun 2022

On 27 June 2022 Parliament’s Standards Committee authorised the publication of a case report by the Commissioner for Standards concerning official advertisements that appeared in a newspaper supplement. The supplement in question had been issued by the newspaper KullĦadd on 16 January 2022 to mark two years since the Hon. Dr Robert Abela became Prime…

20 Jan 2022

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that Minister Ian Borg did not commit a breach of ethics when he commissioned an advertisement to wish the public a happy Easter. The advert in question appeared in the newspaper It-Torċa on Easter Sunday, 4 April 2021. It included a photograph of Minister Ian Borg…

14 Dec 2021

On 14 December 2021 Parliament’s Standards Committee authorised the publication of a case report by the Standards Commissioner concerning the engagement of a consultant in the Ministry for Education. The case report looked into allegations that Education Minister Justyne Caruana had abused her power when she awarded a contract worth €15,000 by direct order to…

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…

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….