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24 Jan 2020

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has concluded that it would be discrimination and a breach of ethics if a minister invited some media houses but not others to press conferences or other media events organised by him or her. The Commissioner for Standards came to this conclusion after considering a complaint…

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…

03 Dec 2019
Facebook login screen on a smartphone

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has concluded that the use of public resources to maintain a minister’s personal Facebook page or to produce material for that page represents an abuse. This applies equally to the use of public funds for such purposes and to the assignment of such work to government…

23 Nov 2019
Detail of the Maltese Parliament building in Valletta at night

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a statement reiterating that it is wrong for the government to give jobs to backbench members of Parliament, that is to say those who are not ministers or parliamentary secretaries. The statement follows a report issued by the Commissioner on 5 July 2019 in which he…

22 Nov 2019
The facade of the Auberge de Castille in Valletta, which houses the Prime Minister's office

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has concluded that the Prime Minister did not commit a breach of ethics when he engaged a British law firm to send a legal letter on behalf of the government. The case relates to the publication of a book entitled Murder on the Malta Express, which…

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…