The Malta Independent 30 May 2020, Saturday

Joseph Muscat not being paid extra for Covid-19 economic advice, PM says

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 18:51 Last update: about 22 days ago

Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is "not being paid extra" for advising the government on a post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan, PM Robert Abela said.

In comments to MaltaToday on Wednesday, Abela said Muscat has not been commissioned for a consultancy role with the government, and will not be paid over and above his normal salary as MP.

Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when Muscat, who resigned in January amid the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation scandal, was seen exiting CAstille after a late-night meeting.


According to reports, Muscat attended the meeting along with Economy Minister Silvio Schembri, Malta Enterprise CEO Kurt Farrugia and OPM Chief of Staff Clyde Caruana.

Muscat, who is still an MP, has presented the government with a nine-page report in which he gives four possible economic scenarios that the country could experience after the Coronavirus pandemic. The report was compiled by 'the Office of Dr Joseph Muscat.'

Abela told MaltaToday that Muscat "has no role."

Muscat refused to comment.

Economy Minister Silvio Schembri said Muscat will be part of a team.



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