A report published this week, by Transparency International that monitors corporate and political corruption, calls on lawmakers in European countries to make lobbying and campaign finance more transparent. It accuses governments of not being accountable enough for public finances and public contracts. It stresses the point that, so far, only two countries really adequately protect whistleblowers from retaliation, should they decide to speak out against suspected crime or other unethical conduct.
In another European Commission Press release earlier this year, a substantial majority (74%) of Europeans believe that corruption is a major problem in their country. Almost half of all Europeans (47%) think that the level of corruption in their country has risen over the past three years.
The survey carried out in all the EU 27 states reports that Europeans believe that bribery and the abuse of positions of power takes place in all areas of public service. National politicians (57%), and officials awarding public tenders (47%) are the most likely to be considered involved in such activities. An exceptionally high percentage - 40% - believes that a too close relationship between business and politics contributes to corruption.
Malta is part of the EU 27, but the government regards such comments as unacceptable and GonziPN deems any criticism as ‘opportunistic’, ‘unjust’ and especially ‘false’. Whilst Dr. Gonzi’s main duty seems to be to have his party re-elected at all costs, the PL have a duty to show that it is an alternative government and oppose the government’s wrongdoings and will not be silenced in the people’s search of the truth.