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YANNICK PACE COMMISSIONER for Standards in Public Life, George Hyzler, will be sending letters to all of Malta's MPs, asking them for clarifications about the declaration of assets they have presented to parliament for 2018. A controversy erupted earlier this month after it was claimed that par- liamentary secretaries had been given a pay rise by the government, without there having been any announcement. While the government insisted that there had been no change in parlia- mentary secretaries' or ministers' salaries, this wasn't immediately clear from the declaration of assets pre- sented to parliament, owing to a lack of uniformity in the way these decla- rations are made. In comments to MaltaToday, Hy- zler said his office would be sending a letter to all members of parliament in order for them to "clarify certain aspects of the declarations made". He wouldn't elaborate on what clarifica- tions would be requested. All members of parliament, includ- ing ministers and parliamentary secretaries, are obliged to submit a declaration of assets, including work performed outside parliament along with details about their employer; de- tails about any property they own, in- cluding any property owned by their spouse or minor children; shares in any companies and other invest- ments; any directorships or other of- ficial position in commercial compa- nies, or other organisations. maltatoday 2 today SUNDAY • 1 SEPTEMBER 2019 • ISSUE 1035 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today today PRICE CRASH How winter punished lampuki season and brought prices down PGS 12-13 Italian discount giant plans 12 stores INSIDE MT2 YOUR FIRST READ AND CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT PASSPORTS, PLEASE Searching for the great and good of Maltese public life in the National Archives passports trove from the early 20th century PAGES 14-15 PAGE 4 Hyzler calls in MPs to explain declaration of assets Supermarket wars ONE of Italy's supermarket giants is about to launch five new stores in Malta, with plans for 12 stores in total, making it yet another ad- dition to the island's long line of mass retail operations. Low-cost giant Eurospin will be providing robust competition to such favourites as Lidl, the other discount retail giant. With over 1,000 supermarkets in Italy and 62 in Slovenia, Malta will be Eurospin's second over- seas market. It currently has over 7,000 employees. In 2016 the brand had 33% of the discount goods market in Italy. Founded in 1993, the brand is also active in the travel market. PAGE 3 maltatoday 2 The all new pull-out section INSIDE • LISTINGS • TV • LAW • CLASSIFIEDS Q and A Andrei Claude This Week Drag stand-up comedian Chucky Bartolo Film TRANSformazzjoni malta SUNDAY • PASSPORTS, PLEASE Searching for the great and good of Maltese public life in the National Archives passports trove from the early 20th century €1.95 Standards Commissioner will ask MPs for clarifi cations on their asset declarations TONI SANT The genius of Maltese comic Charles Clews PAGES 16-17

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