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Malta’s democratic consolidation requires well-functioning institutions

In the framework of its regular periodic reviews of the honouring of membership obligations by Council of Europe member States, the Assembly today debated a report on Malta.

The unanimously adopted resolution, based on the report prepared by the Assembly’s co-rapporteurs Bertrand Fournier (France, EPP/CD) and George Loucaides (Cyprus, UEL), states that Malta faces important challenges to the functioning of its democratic and rule of law institutions, which, if left unaddressed, “could affect the level of democratic consolidation in the country”.

The parliamentarians welcomed the efforts of the Maltese authorities in this respect, but further reforms, “in particular with regard to its institutional checks and balances and the fight against corruption are still needed”.

The Assembly invited its Monitoring Committee to continue following the developments in the country and report back to the Assembly if the developments so warrant.