05 Aug 2022

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued his annual report for 2021.

The report outlines the role of the Commissioner as set out by the Standards in Public Life Act and the procedures he follows when considering complaints against members of Parliament and persons of trust.

The report states that the Standards Commissioner received 41 complaints during 2021. The Commissioner closed 39 complaints, of which he found 25 ineligible for investigation under the Act, while he investigated and concluded 14. The Commissioner had 16 complaints outstanding at the start of 2021 and he ended the year with 18 complaints outstanding.

The report reviews decisions taken by the Commissioner in the course of his consideration of complaints. It also reviews cases regarding which the Commissioner submitted reports to Parliament’s Standards Committee during 2021.

The annual report covers other activities carried out by the Standards Commissioner during 2021, including the publication of guidelines on government advertising and promotional material, and the launch of an EU-funded project to improve the integrity and transparency framework in Malta. This project is being undertaken at the Commissioner’s request by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The annual report for 2021 can be downloaded from here.