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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….

21 Jul 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that the government’s decision to lease the Downtown Hotel in Rabat, Gozo, for use as a home for the elderly did not represent an abuse of power or a breach of ethics. The hotel was leased in 2020 as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic….

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…

24 May 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued an annual report covering his second full year of operations. He presented the final version of the report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who laid it before the House today. The report outlines the role of the Commissioner for Standards as set out…

05 May 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that there was no breach of ethics in connection with the appointment of Malta’s ambassador to Ghana. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint alleging that the ambassador should not have been appointed because he had a business relationship with another Maltese…

14 Apr 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that Minister Carmelo Abela misused public funds when he commissioned a full-page newspaper advertisement featuring a prominent photo of himself. The advert was published in most Sunday papers on 18 October 2020, and it was evidently a form of self-promotion since it contained minimal information. The…

09 Apr 2021
Detail of the Maltese Parliament building in Valletta at night

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has written to the Speaker to express his concern over delays by Parliament’s Standards Committee in publishing case reports that are referred to it by the Commissioner. The Commissioner’s letter follows the suspension of a Committee meeting because the two members nominated by the Prime Minister failed to…

19 Feb 2021

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that Prime Minister Robert Abela was not in breach of ethics when he replied to questions from journalists without wearing a mask. This incident occurred on 23 October 2020, when the Prime Minister inaugurated the new tunnel underpass at Santa Luċija. Shortly after the official inauguration…

26 Jan 2021

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has stated that official press releases issued through the Department of Information should not include partisan political statements. The Commissioner for Standards came to this conclusion after considering a complaint by Prof Kevin Cassar against the Hon Silvio Schembri, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small…