Govt refutes claims its contravening EU law with passport scheme / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 29 September 2022

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The Times of Malta says tha a second application on the Xlendi sea-front linked to Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli has been filed for a 14-floor hotel that will tower over the popular bay.

Maltatoday reports that Ombudsman Anthony Mifsud has recommended an anti-deadlock mechanism for political appointments that require a two-thirds majority in parliament. 

TVM carries Government reaction to the news that the Commission has taken Malta to Court on passport sales (See below story @ 1215). The OPM said it had taken note of this decision and will continue to dialogue with the European Commission in order to continue to explain that the granting of citizenship is the exclusive competence of the country. The Government said in a statement it believes it is not contravening European laws, even as it has reduced as much as possible the risks linked to the citizenship investment programme.

The Malta Independent reports that 33,472 students are attending primary and secondary State schools in the scholastic year that has just started.

Updated 1215

Commission takes Malta to court on passport sales

The European Commission has decided to refer Malta to the Court of Justice of the European Union for its investor citizenship scheme, commonly referred in EU-speak as‘golden passports’. The Commission said in a statement that it considers that granting EU citizenship in return for pre-determined payments or investments without any genuine link to the Member State concerned is not compatible with the principle of sincere cooperation enshrined the Treaty on European Union, and with the concept of Union citizenship.

Priest cleared of hate speech charges

Mosta priest Fr David Muscat was cleared of hate speech charges after a Court found that there was no malicious intent on his part. Earlier this year, Muscat was accused of incitement to hatred or violence over comments about homosexuality in two separate Facebook posts. While the Magistrate said that the posts had no criminal intent, he was issued a formal warning from Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who instructed him to stop making “inflammatory and hurtful comments” or else he could be stopped from exercising his ministry in public.

MFA says it had carried out extensive due diligence on Mangia

The Malta Football Association had denied it failed to implement proper due diligence after further allegations of sexual misconduct by the now-suspended National Team coach David Mangia continue to emerge. The MFA’s executive board yesterday ratified its decision to suspend Mangia temporarily throughout the internal procedures, where safeguarding officer Andrew Azzopardi will investigate the allegations, gather information and compile a report about the case. Bjorn Vassallo, MFA President has insisted that in-depth background checks were undertaken by the Association prior to Mangia’s appointment. “Contrary to speculation, the Malta FA was thorough in its efforts to assess the coach’s background based on official information provided by entities rather than relying on speculation”, the football association said. Meanwhile the Italian mentor has denied the allegations. In a statement, the Italian said that “this is all unfounded and false news that seriously damages my personal dignity and my professional reputation.”

Morning Briefing

FinServ sector has key role in greening and digitalising economy – PM

Prime Minister Robert Abela stated that the Malta Stock Exchange must facilitate the transformation of the Maltese economy to a climate-neutral one. The Prime Minister said this when delivering the opening address at the General Assembly of the World Federation of Exchanges, currently being held in Malta. “I believe that the finances to make this ambitious transition are there and I also believe that the financial services sector has a key role in both decarbonisation and also in the digitalisation of our country,” Dr Abela said.

Man suffers serious injuries after fall at a construction site

The construction industry has registered another serious injury with a man falling at a site in Rabat. According to police, a 35-year-old man from Mosta sustained injuries after falling from a height of a storey and a half. A medical team was called onto the site and the victim was taken to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance, while an investigation has been opened on the incident.

Priest sent on leave after theft allegations

A priest has been placed on administrative leave as he is being investigated by police over the alleged theft of what is being described as a ‘relic’ from a church in Senglea last weekend. Church media reprots that Fr Andrew Borg allegedly stole a silk beret that is considered by many as a relic of St Philip Neri from the sacristy of the church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, following a religious service.

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