George Heisler warns of ‘effects’ of delayed nomination of successor

Giuseppe Attar

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 13:53
Last updated: about 2 minutes ago

Outgoing Standards Commissioner George Heisler held a final press conference on Tuesday, outlining new recommendations for lawmakers and public life, and warning of the implications of a delayed decision on the nomination of his successor.

Heisler, who will leave office on Friday to become Malta’s representative to the European Court of Auditors, said no successor had yet been named as no agreement had been reached between the government and the opposition. I have a lot of work to do, so it’s harmful to keep the office empty,” Hyzler said.

Hyzler also said he had discussed with the prime minister an anti-stalemate mechanism to ensure that nomination of a successor was not protracted. These include the nomination of temporary appointees and the creation of the post of Vice-Chairman.

“The prime minister has confirmed that he will appoint a successor, and the work that this office has been doing will not stop. I’m confident.”

OECD Releases Fourth Report

On Tuesday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released its final report on necessary improvements to its ethics rules for civil servants.

Heisler introduced a document stating that “lack of knowledge about standards of public life prompted the implementation of these recommendations.”

The OECD report was requested by the Commission to improve Malta’s framework for integrity and transparency. The proposal specifically addresses the issues of lobbying and conflicts of interest in Malta.

Another area of ​​focus for the report is the proper conduct of ethical violations. Julio Baccio Terracino from the OECD’s Public Integrity Division said: “Malta’s Code of Ethics is designed to adequately define what is a gift, what should be declared and, most importantly, what constitutes a conflict of interest. need to be more clear,” he said.

The issue of conflicts of interest in Malta has been brought up many times by policy analyst Carissa Munro, and the fact that Malta is small and many members of parliament are part-time workers makes it unique. .

“Recommendations are not one-size-fits-all, so we spent some time researching the Maltese landscape before coming up with these recommendations,” says Baccio Terracino.

Besides conflicts of interest and gifts, the report also calls for proper definitions of interests, undue influence, lobbying, lack of leadership, and post-public office.

The report warns against the risks of former ministers employed in outdated regulatory departments that could lead to insider trading and the like. According to data collected by the OECSD abroad, one in five former ministers will end up being hired this way, but Malta is not yet included in the study.

Munroe said the recommendations are based on what is already being done by the Standards of Living Commission.

With regard to conflicts of interest, the OECD considers that parliamentarians should support national interests, not act as lobbyists, not enter into contractual employment with close relatives, have private interests in private companies, and such. We recommend that you do not continue your private business unless you have significant assets. Values ​​can be directly impacted by government decisions. George Heisler warns of ‘effects’ of delayed nomination of successor

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