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01 Sep 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has stated that persons of trust should not comment on matters of political controversy and should treat others with respect. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint from Matthew Caruana Galizia, director of the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, against Dr Joseph Borg. The complaint…

19 Aug 2020

On 17 August 2020, Parliament’s Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life met to consider what action to take against former Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat over the Pétrus wines case. This followed a meeting on 22 July 2020 in which the Committee endorsed the conclusions of the Standards Commissioner, who found that Dr Muscat…

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….

17 Jul 2020
Passengers disembarking from a flight from Dubai to Malta in December 2019.

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has found that the Hon Dr Joseph Muscat was not in breach of the Code of Ethics for Ministers when he travelled to Dubai on a private visit with his family in December 2019. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering complaints from Mr Timothy Alden…

22 Jun 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that there was nothing to indicate that Dr Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, had ordered Infrastructure Malta to defy a Stop and Compliance Order issued by the Environment and Resources Authority and to proceed with works in Wied Qirda, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, without a…

09 Jun 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has decided a complaint against three persons who were members of staff in the secretariat of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The complaint was submitted by Professor Arnold Cassola, who requested the Commissioner to investigate Keith Schembri for allegedly setting up a criminal organisation leading to an assassination;…

26 May 2020
Exterior view of the Parliament of Malta

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued his first annual report. He presented the report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who in turn laid it before the House yesterday. The report outlines the role of the Commissioner as set out by the Standards in Public Life Act and the procedures…

07 May 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has found that it is widespread practice for ministers to use public resources in the generation of content for their personal pages in Facebook and other social media. The Commissioner has concluded that this is an abuse since the ministers in question are using public resources to raise…

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…

25 Mar 2020

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has said that when ministers support initiatives by private operators, they should be careful to avoid crossing the line between providing appropriate official assistance and giving an improper advantage. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint by the NGO Repubblika against Minister Julia Farrugia…