Home

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…

04 Oct 2019
The Office of the Prime Minister, Auberge de Castille, Valletta, Malta

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has concluded that a government press statement of 17 August 2019 was incorrect to claim that ministers’ salaries are exactly the same as they were in 2013. However, this was due to inattention rather than a deliberate attempt to deceive, and in any case it was corrected immediately….

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…

17 Sep 2019

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report on a complaint by Dr Andrew Borg Cardona alleging that a press statement issued by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government through the Department of Information (DOI) constituted inappropriate use of public resources because it was political in nature. The ministerial statement…

10 Aug 2019
The website of the Department of Information

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report calling on ministers and the Department of Information (DOI) not to issue press statements that are unrelated to official matters or that are partisan in tone. The Commissioner’s report deals with a press statement issued by the Ministry for Tourism through the DOI on…

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…

29 May 2019

Kathryn Stone OBE, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in the United Kingdom, paid an official visit to Malta at the invitation of Malta’s Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, Dr George Hyzler. Ms Stone was accompanied by the Hon. Kate Green MP, chairperson of the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Standards. The visit took…

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…

24 Jan 2019

Parliament’s Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life held its first meeting on 22 January 2019. Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, was present at the meeting together with Charles Polidano, Director General in the Commissioner’s office. In his opening remarks the Hon. Anġlu Farrugia, Speaker of the House of Representatives and…

18 Jan 2019

On 14 and 15 January 2019 Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, held meetings with counterpart officials in the United Kingdom to find out how they functioned and to learn from their experiences. Dr Hyzler was accompanied by Charles Polidano, Director General in his office. On 14 January 2019 Dr Hyzler and…