In its first meeting yesterday morning, the new Cabinet discussed and agreed with Prime Minister Robert Abela’s proposal of setting up a Governance Committee.
This Cabinet Committee is to take stock of the measures which have been already implemented and those still to be executed, based on the reports made by the Venice Commission and GRECO, and in the context of discussions that have already taken place by the committee chaired by the President of the Republic on constitutional changes.
Against this backdrop, amendments and laws are to be drafted to ensure that good governance remains one of the government’s top priorities.
The Cabinet decided that the committee is to be chaired by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis, and be composed of the Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici, Minister for the Interior, National Security and Law Enforcement Byron Camilleri, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, along with Cabinet Secretary Mario Cutajar.
The Committee shall report back to the Cabinet as soon as possible to start implementing the necessary program. One of the main priorities should be the amendments to appointments in the judiciary.
During the first meeting of the new Cabinet, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of strong governance in all management areas of government and public administration. He said that it is the duty of every Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to see that work within their respective areas is carried out diligently and be accountable as required by law.
Prime Minister Abela spoke about the importance of continuity in the implementation of the Government’s program, as well as the implementation of the necessary changes, aimed at propelling the country forward towards more economic and social success.