The Malta Independent 18 April 2024, Thursday
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‘Malta’s two-party system needs reform,’ Volt MEP says during official visit to island

Andrew Izzo Clarke Thursday, 4 May 2023, 10:03 Last update: about 13 months ago

MEP Damian Boeselager, from the pan-European party Volt, has said that “Malta’s two-party system with part-time MPs needs reform,” and could benefit from “new parties” as well.

He said this following a two-day visit to the island where he met with government Ministers, namely Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Borg, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana, Environment, Energy, and Enterprise Minister Miriam Dalli, as well as PN MP Darren Carabott and PL MP Cressida Galea.

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Volt is a pan-European political movement with 55,000 volunteers and over 100 elected representatives across across Europe.

The party has a branch in Malta which stood for election during the last general election, where it achieved 382 votes.

The German MEP started his trip by visiting the EU Agency for Asylum (EUAA) meeting with executive director Nina Gregori, discussing the “new mandate of the EUAA” that Boeselager had himself negotiated at European level.

Upon a visit to the Hal Safi and Hal Far asylum camps, the MEP stated that “in both camps, the common spaces and activities could be better, while the mental health focus is good.”

“However, I have two key questions. Are all the people being rightfully detained? And is the access to lawyers sufficient?” the MEP asked. 

The MEP also met up with the local branch of the party in Malta, speaking about Malta’s particular political situation, and the need for a system reform to accommodate for third-parties.

Boesager then discussed many pressing issues with the government Ministers he met up with, including EU electoral laws and the need for a second vote for European parties, the EU permanent fiscal fund, and Europe’s energy transition and independence amongst other topics.

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