Labour MP Leo Brincat said on Wednesday that government’s disclosure of the financial package that Richard Cachia Caruana earns serves only to show how it has been giving only partial information about it in parliament. “Government has hidden his income the same way it hid the €500 salary increase a week for the Prime Minister and the Ministers.”
Brincat said: “With a financial package of €150,000 a year set to increase by another €170,000 according to some media reports, it is clear that Cachia Caruana was not paid like a normal civil servant because he is not treated like a normal civil servant. Gonzi also shows that he is not treated like a normal diplomat.”
Brincat said that for the first time government is admitting that he is being paid for more than one appointment, contrary to the impression giving for so many years. Why has it taken so many years to get this information? Why so much deception?”
Brincat said that government bypassed parliament in the information it gave and has still to give a comprehensive reply on what Cachia Caruana’s income has been since 2007, what his terminal benefits are going to be, what arrears he has been paid and what are the other expenses on his transport, travel, housekeeping and hospitality.
After much delay, the Prime Minister has finally given the requested information regarding the salary that was paid to the ousted Maltese Permanent Representative to the EU.
Dr. Gonzi said that the remuneration given to Mr. Cachia Caruana amounted to € 143,140 excluding housing, housekeeping and the services of a driver. The Prime Minister did not mention the cost of the security personnel that Cachia Caruana has had for many years.
The Prime Minister originally objected to the question put forward by Leo Brincat, since he believed that it would be used to damage Cachia Caruana’s reputation even further.
In his reply, Dr. Gonzi highlighted the work carried out by RCC and the fact that he was the Prime Minister’s advisor on EU affairs. He also claimed that the remuneration of his eventual replacement could cost Malta more in the future. He also hinted that, in his opinion, Malta might have to pay even more to replace Cachia Caruana, possibly requiring two different persons.