MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented on the results of the snap elections in Malta:
“Congratulations to the Labour government of Malta for its reelection. But, elections do not replace thorough investigations. The accusations around the sale of passports, money laundering and corruption are a heavy burden for the reputation of the islands when it comes to the rule of law. In particular the alleged fact researched by the FIAU deserve proper scrutiny.
The PANA inquiry committee of the European Parliament will continue to ensure that accusations of money laundering are taken seriously everywhere in the EU. Also the new Maltese parliament could do its part in order to investigate in a fair and thorough manner the accusations.
Lastly the corporate tax system needs changes in or to overcome the image of Malta as a tax haven which will create a growing burden to its financial sector as well as the gaming industry on the islands.”