JOSEPH MUSCAT, Prime Minister of Malta, should attend PANA COMMITTEE on MAY 18th or RESIGN

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On behalf of Truth and Justice, I have set up this petition to call for Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, who currently has the honour of holding the Presidency of the European Union, to respect the important request to attend an inquiry by the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA)  on May 18th in order to answer grave allegations that he and members of his government are potentially involved in money laundering activities.

The Malta stance and objectives which Prime Minister Muscat himself set out at the outset of his presidency in January stated that in their capacity as Presidency of the European Union they wanted :

 “Better Regulation, Accountability and Transparency”

The Maltese Presidency will continue the work on the implementation of the Inter-Institutional Agreement on Better Lawmaking (IIA) which was signed on 13 April 2016 by the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament. This agreement aims to improve the way the EU legislates to ensure the quality of regulation and to make sure it responds to the needs of society and businesses.

 The Maltese Presidency will make sure that better law-making remains an ongoing priority for the Council. Following the work undertaken by the Netherlands and the Slovak Presidencies, the Maltese Presidency will continue to develop and implement measures which aim for better quality evidence-based legislation and effective but less burdensome policy-making. On legislative programming, the Maltese Presidency intends to continue the discussion on the Commission’s annual programme by holding an early exchange of views with the Commission on the priorities for the upcoming year on the basis of the IIA on Better Lawmaking.The Maltese Presidency, will also engage in regular monitoring, together with the European Parliament and the Commission on the implementation of the Joint Declaration. The declaration sets out the broad objectives and priorities for 2017 and identifies proposals that deserve preferential treatment in the legislative process. Apart from the discussions on legislative programming, work will continue on transparency, including the joint database on legislative files and the mandatory Transparency Register, work on delegated and implementing acts, as well as improved practical arrangements for cooperation and information sharing on negotiation and conclusion of international agreements.”

 See further links: https://www.eu2017.mt/en/Documents/NationalProgramme_EN.pdf - makes very interesting reading.

Prime Minister Muscat has REFUSED  to attend the hearing on May 18th citing that he will wait for the outcome of the local magisterial inquiry. He has also stated that these allegations are  “the greatest lie in Malta’s political history.” However, by refusing to comply with this serious request he undermines both his position and credibility as Prime of Malta and his responsibility as current Head of the Presidency of the European Union.

I strongly urge you, the Maltese People, to uphold our values and morals and endorse this petition and appeal for him to attend this meeting and that he does so without further excuse, blame or delay tactics and in doing so demonstrates to us, the Maltese public, that he respects the institution of the European Union and its core values. 

By refusing to comply with this invitation, I can only deduce that he is in some way complicit in the money laundering activities which he, his family and his close government colleagues are allegedly involved in.  He also shows utter contempt, disrespect and disregard for the European institution, the Maltese people and our values and with it undermines our economy and our future and should resign with immediate effect and prior to the upcoming election.

"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst" Aristotle.



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