MEPs looking into rule of law concerns about Malta ended a one-day visit to the country with concerns “even stronger” than when they had first visited last year, Ana Gomes said on Friday.
“More time has passed,” said SD MEP Ms Gomes. “We would have expected that members of the government who have been exposed as corrupt, as liars, including to us, would not be in office anymore.”
Ms Gomes was referring to minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri, who remain in office despite their secret offshore dealings having been exposed by the Panama Papers.
“An election does not clean the record of corruption, anywhere in the world,” she said. “Questions of corruption and criminality have to be addressed by police and the judiciary, as well as by the political establishment,” she said.
“And that’s where we see no action or action blocked.”
She highlighted a number of suspicious