Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has called for the resignation of PA Board Member Matthew Pace, the man central to conflict of interest issues plaguing the proposed db Group project.
“My reply is simple, I believe he should resign,” Muscat, who nominated Pace to the board, said when facing questions from the press.
Pace, one of the 10 board members to vote in favour of the project, was at the centre of the court’s primary reason for ripping up DB’s permit at the former ITS site in Pembroke.
As revealed by Shift News, Pace was one of the co-owners of the Swieqi branch of the RE/MAX Alliance, one of several agencies seeking investors and residents for the development.
There was “no doubt” from the court that Pace had an “actual and direct interest” in seeing that the project would be approved, adding that while his undeclared interest was not opposed by any stakeholders, he was duty bound to declare it.
“It is the court’s opinion that Matthew Pace objectively and subjectively failed the required impartiality,” Judge Mark Chetcuti explained in the ruling.
“Transparency, as stated by the Tribunal, should not be just a written word, but acted upon,” he continued