David Casa MEP, Head of the Maltese Delegation of the EPP Group and Member of the European Parliament mission to Malta which will take place on Thursday and Friday, said: “The European Commission has not acted even though it is obvious that the main pillars of democracy in Malta have collapsed. It is now on the European Parliament to stress the alarming situation of the rule of law in Malta. The EPP Group has called on the Commission to act in a Resolution. This week, with my colleagues from committees responsible for anti-money laundering and the rule of law, we will demand answers from Prime Minister Muscat to a simple question: how can an independent investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and corruption cases leading to the highest political levels be guaranteed in a country where institutions have been politically captured so as to save the skin of people in power?”
In anticipation of the mission and in light of recent threats to the lives of several Members of the European Parliament for speaking out on the rule of law in Malta, the EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber sent the President of the European Parliament a letter this week expressing his concerns about the safety of MEPs. In the letter, the Chairman stressed that recent serious threats against European politicians in Malta is not something the Parliament should take lightly. As the delegation to Malta will be carrying out work in such an environment, Manfred Weber underlined the need for suitable protection for the MEPs and urged President Tajani to remind the Maltese authorities of their duty to protect MEPs and allow them to carry out their duty free of fear.