The European Parliament is deeply concerned about the credibility of the investigation in Malta into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and related money laundering and corruption cases. The MEPs also think that Prime Minister Muscat should resign as quickly as possible.
In a resolution adopted in the monthly plenary session in Strasbourg with 581 votes in favor, 26 votes against and 83 abstentions, the EP warns that ieder risk of endangering the investigation should be avoided and that this risk persists as long as the prime minister remains in office.
The European Parliament notes with particular concern that various other investigations into related money laundering and corruption cases in Malta have not made any progress or that some investigations have not even begun.
"Developments in Malta have led in recent years to serious and persistent threats to the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights," says the European Parliament, which is deeply concerned about freedom of the press, the independence of the Maltese police and the judiciary, the right to peaceful assembly and the separation of powers.
The Members of the European Parliament agree with Vice-President of the Commission, Vera Jourová, that criminal proceedings can be initiated against Malta due to inadequate judicial reforms.
Parliament also called for the abolition of Maltese investor and residency schemes for investors (the "golden passports" and visas), since this is in fact the sale of EU citizenship which makes it more difficult to combat money laundering and cross-border crime and the integrity of the Schengen area.