MEP calls on EU to initiate suspension procedures against Malta
05 Dec 2019

The European Commission should open an investigation into the rule of law. Preparations must now be made for Article 7 proceedings against Malta, MEP Sven Giegold said today.

Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union is a procedure to suspend certain rights from a member state.

At the end of the two-day ad-hoc mission of a delegation of the European Parliament to Malta, Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented: “We have seen progress in Malta in the investigation of the Galizia murder, but no improvement when it comes to corruption and financial crime.

“There is still a culture of impunity for corruption and money laundering. There are hardly any police investigations or even convictions – even if there are convincing indications in the public domain.

“A gateway to corruption is the sale of EU passports. The worrying state of the rule of law in Malta requires action by the EU Commission. Corruption and financial crime are a first test case for Ursula von der Leyen and her Commission’s stance on the rule of law. She has put this issue at the centre of her agenda and now she has to deliver. The announcements at her first press conference in the new office were vague and therefore disappointing.

“The EU Commission must also no longer tolerate the breach of agreements reached between Malta and the EU on the sale of passports by Malta. EU passports may only be issued to people who live in a country or have a genuine link with that country. The German government must use the EU summit next week to call on the EU Commission to act consistently.”

Read more at The Malta Independent

Photo: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Nordrhein-Westfalen [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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