The European Parliament will hold a debate on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta today at 2.30pm following recent high-profile arraignments on the island.
A previous proposal for a debate had been blocked by the Socialist and Democrats Group, the European political group which the Labour Party forms part of.
However, the European People’s Party – backed by the Greens – proposed a fresh debate with the title: “Commission statement on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta”.
Besides the EPP and the Greens, this proposal was backed by Renew, ECR, and GUE/NGL.
The S&D proposed another title: “Commission and Council statements on the recent developments on the ONGOING court case concerning the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta” but it failed to win support.
A debate will now be held on Thursday, after which political groups will convene to write a resolution on the debate, with a final vote set to take place in April.
Labour’s MEPs Alex Agius Saliba, Cyrus Engerer and Josianne Cutajar have condemned the attempts at holding a debate, warning it will only damage Malta at a critical point in the court proceedings against the people charged with Caruana Galizia’s murder.
Agius Saliba said the EPP’s attempt at “punching down” on Malta will take place “over our dead bodies”, drawing criticism from Caruana Galizia’s family.
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