[WATCH] Edward Scicluna says European Commissioner never raised threat of binding order

Edward Scicluna has expressed disappointment at what he described as the “unfair” treatment meted out against Malta by European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova.

The Finance Minister took umbrage at the fact that Jourova spoke to the Financial Times on matters she did not even raise during two face-to-face meetings.

The Commissioner was quoted by the newspaper saying that she will publish a “formal opinion” on action that must be taken against Malta after the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit failed to address concerns raised by the European Banking Authority over its handling of Pilatus Bank.

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The opinion is expected in November and the FIAU will have 10 days to respond on what changes it plans to implement.

But during the inauguration of Bank of Valletta’s Premium Banking Centre on Wednesday morning, Scicluna said Jourova made no mention of the opinion during a face-to-face

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