GRECO, within the Council of Europe, has noted in its report the positive steps taken by the Maltese authorities in strengthening the judicial system of our country. In fact, the Group of States against Corruption’s report published today points out that the Commission for the Administration of Justice chaired by the President of the Republic is in charge of the procedures for disciplining members of the judiciary and that Parliament is no longer involved in the removal of a judge.
“GRECO takes note with satisfaction of the measures taken to strengthen the system of judicial independence and accountability by making the Commission for the Administration of Justice in charge of judicial discipline procedures and discontinuing the involvement of Parliament in the dismissal of judges.”
The GRECO report mentions the mandatory training that includes ethics among the members of the judiciary as well the fact that Malta has started to implement this recommendation. GRECO also mentions the Office of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life created by this Government and notes that progress has been made in revising the code of ethics for members of parliament.
The report also states that the draft code of ethics for MPs addresses many of the recommendations made by the Council of Europe and therefore in this regard Malta is implementing this recommendation in favour of greater transparency and accountability.
“It notes the progress made with regards to reviewing the Code of Ethics for parliamentarians, which led to a new draft Code, tabled by the Parliamentary Commissioner of Standards before the Standing. The draft Code of Ethics appears to address most of the issues referred to in recommendation (i).”
This is the second positive report on Malta in four days issued by the Council of Europe. Last Thursday, a Moneyval report stated that Malta has made significant progress in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. A report published by a series of other Moneyval reports states that, in general, Malta has met the criteria set by the institution of the Council of Europe following a number of reforms also pushed in recent months under the administration of Prime Minister Robert Abela.