Fabian Demicoli

The resignation of Commissioner Dalli


Commissioner John Dalli
has on 16th October announced his resignation as a member of the
Commission, with immediate effect. Mr Dalli informed the President of the
European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso of his decision following an
investigation by OLAF, the EU's antifraud office, into a complaint made in May
2012 by the tobacco producer, Swedish Match.

After the President
informed Mr Dalli about the report received from OLAF, Mr Dalli decided to
resign in order to be able to defend his reputation and that of the Commission.
Mr Dalli categorically rejects these findings. Mr Barroso has decided that Vice
President Maros Sefcovic will take over the portfolio of Mr Dalli on an interim
basis until a new Commissioner of Maltese nationality is appointed in
accordance with article 246 (2) of the Treaty on the functioning of the
European Union.

Mr Farrugia, GRTU's Director
General and EESC Employers representative, stated that "it
is important that Malta regains as fast as possible the excellent image it
enjoyed in the European Union and in Brussels, in particular as a country that
does well and honestly implements the EU model and follows closely the
Stability and Growth Olan and sticks the rules as defined in the European
Economic Semester. Malta has a high name for the contribution its
representatives make in the various EU fora. It is now important that
Government acts fast to nominate a new Commissioner from Malta. A person that
has integrity, experience and intelligence, with capabilities to learn a brief
quickly and be able to face a rigid regime of hard work without having to be
continuously prepped up as the case when a person is nominated only on the
strength of his/her name, irrespective of his capabilities. Malta must quickly
regain its image of a country of smart and honest people."

Mr Farrugia concluded by saying that "the priority should be on sending the person
that is most effective in an EU context during these difficult times for the
European Union and the person that is most capable to regain Malta's lost image."

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