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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 25 MAY 2022 • ISSUE 795 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 3 PAGE 2 LUKE VELLA LENGTHY court processes and a lack of judicial staff were concerns raised by members of the European Parliament's civil liberties committee in a meeting with Robert Abela. The MEPs are on a fact-finding mis- sion that ends today and during which they met government representatives, institutions, activists, journalists and other key actors linked to the rule of law. Sophie Int'Veldt, chairwoman of the Rule of Law Monitoring Group within the LIBE committee said MEPs have seen progress in the rule of law but also had points of concern. Court delays are cause for concern to rule of law MEPs Malta lags behind on anti- corruption measures MEPs from the European Parliament's LIBE committee in Malta on fact-finding mission see progress but express concern over judicial processes that drag on MATTHEW VELLA MALTA has not yet started an overarching anti-corruption strategy that it had been recom- mended to embark on by an- ti-corruption watchdog GRECO. THE Council of Europe's group of states against corruption said the strategy had to be built on a risk assessment of government and top executive officials, but this had not yet been initiated. Malta was found to have im- plemented satisfactorily only two out of 23 recommendations, while 12 were partly implement- ed and nine have not been im- plemented. GRECO said Malta had to show further progress over the next 18 MEP Sophie Int'Veldt, chairperson of the Rule of Law Monitoring Group (Photo: James Bianchi)

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