The Malta Independent 18 May 2021, Tuesday

Abela to wait for committee’s conclusions before making declarations on breach of ethics

Friday, 16 April 2021, 18:09 Last update: about 30 days ago

Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Carmelo Abela will wait for the Parliamentary Standards' Committee's conclusions before making any declarations on a report which found him in breach of ethics, he said in a Facebook post.

The Standards Commissioner George Hyzler declared that the minister had breached parliamentary ethics. The report found that Abela had used just over €7,000 in public funds in order to fund advertising which was intended on boosting his own political profile rather than provide any information of value to the public.


The report was then sent to the Standards Committee in Parliament, which will decide what action, if any, to take, and whether it agrees with the conclusion of the report.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the minister said as a government minister he is obliged to keep the people informed of his ministry's work, as well as communicating with the public about how one can benefit from the government's work.

Bħala Ministru tal-Gvern jien obbligat li nuri l-ħidma Ministerjali tiegħi, ix-xogħol li nkun qed inwettaq kif ukoll...

Posted by Carmelo Abela on Friday, 16 April 2021

"Until today, there are no guidelines on how this can and cannot be done. The report penned by Hyzler is not the end of the process. In fact the report will be discussed in the Parliamentary Standards Committee. With respect towards the Office of the Commissioner and the Parliamentary process, I will wait until the conclusions of the Parliamentary committee before making any more declarations about this case."


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