Finance Minister Edward Scicluna snubbed an invitation to appear before a Panama Papers inquiry committee meeting held in Brussels yesterday.
Speaking during the committee meeting, Greens MEP Sven Giegold lamented that the European Council had effectively made an agreement not to cooperate with the committee.
Mr Giegold, a fierce critic of Malta’s tax regime, theorised that Prof. Scicluna’s decision not to appear before the committee was a consequence of the European Council’s legal position not to collaborate with the inquiry.
Both the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, ignored questions and numerous reminders sent by Times of Malta on whether they intended to appear before the committee that will be visiting Malta next month.
A working document produced by the committee highlighted how secrecy could be ensured by creating a “fog with a chain of ownership through different jurisdictions, assigning nominee