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Malta Employers’ Association points at ‘Disillusionment in National Institutions’, proposes Parliamentary Reform


The Malta
Employers’ Association presented a position paper with proposals for
parliamentary reform to Minister Carmelo Abela, Minister within the Office of
the Prime Minister during a meeting held at the MEA premises. During this
meeting, a number of topics were discussed, among them the state of social
dialogue in Malta, issues affecting the labour market and industrial relations,
mandatory union membership and the principle of equal pay for work of equal

The paper
presented by MEA voices its concern about a growing sense of: ‘disillusionment
in our institutions. Politicians are seen as crooked or incompetent; the
business community is perceived as corrupt; our justice system feared as being
selective and manipulated. This distrust in our institutions is also eating
away at our core values, with many believing that you cannot make headway in
life through honest means’. The Association sees the restructuring of
parliament as ‘a critical means through which other equally important reforms
might be implemented to restore a sense of normality and to safeguard against a
reoccurrence of the current state of affairs

In essence,
the paper proposes a leaner parliament with 45 fulltime members and a maximum
of 8 Ministers. MPs will be paid at €55k per annum, Parliamentary secretaries
at €65k per annum and Ministers at 85k annum. The Prime Minister’s remuneration
will be €110k per annum. MPs will not be able to occupy any position with
government entities, nor have interest in private sector companies which can
create a conflict of interest with their duties as MPs.

In addition,
the paper also addresses the engagement of persons on positions of trust and party
financing. The Association is recommending that the number of such persons
should be limited to no more than 3 persons per ministry, and that there will
be full disclosure of their contracts and duties. On party financing, MEA said
that there should be a transition to partially state funded political parties,
and that corporate donations and door to door collections will be strictly

to the International Organisation of Employers (I.O.E.), Business European
Capital Cities (BECC), European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation
and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (C.E.E.P.) and BUSINESSMED The
MEA stressed that these recommendations are meant to contribute to a more
comprehensive exercise to restore faith in Malta’s institutions by the general
public and internationally, warning that in the absence of reform, a relapse
into a series of scandals and corrupt practices, would be catastrophic for

The full
text of the paper can be downloaded on the following link: https://www.maltaemployers.com/loadfile/fd3e499b-a33a-4174-

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