The resolution enjoyed rare support from all political groups in the European Parliament and was backed by 635 MEPs with just 46 against in a vote on Wednesday.
He takes note of recent “shocking” revelations implicating Maltese government officials in the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, but also admits that Malta has made efforts to address EU concerns.
Last year, in the first annual rule of law report, the European Commission recognized the “important reforms” of the checks and balances of the Maltese justice system, while the Venice Commission warmly welcomed the reforms as “a not important in the right direction ”.
As recently as last week, the European Court of Justice ruled that Malta’s judicial reforms strengthen judicial independence and therefore comply with EU law.
EPP MP Vladimír Bilčík, who negotiated the parliamentary resolution for his group, said that the involvement of politicians at the highest level of government in the assassination of Caruana Galizia is “shocking and scandalous”.
He added: “” The testimonies made it clear that it was the links between the underworld, the Maltese government and the Malta Labor Party that made the assassination possible. “
“The Maltese government must now deploy all necessary resources to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and those who gave them political protection and favoritism.”
“There must be justice for this shocking murder. All perpetrators and their accomplices must be held responsible ” Katarina Barley, S&D
“The Maltese Government must also bring to justice all those involved in the cases currently being investigated or reported that they came to light before her assassination. We expect the European Commission to keep the pressure on the Maltese authorities to this end, ”Bilčík said.
His comments were partly echoed by Katarina Barley, S&D member of the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Watch Group, who said: “There must be justice for this shocking murder. All perpetrators and their accomplices must be held accountable. It is a lasting pain to know that journalists are murdered in the European Union for having exercised their profession. “
Meanwhile, MEPs condemned the alleged involvement of Russian military intelligence officers (GRU) in the 2014 explosions in the Czech village of Vrbětice, killing two people and called on member states to adopt measures common in response.
A resolution on Russia, debated in plenary on Wednesday, also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Alexei Navalny and all others detained as they protested for his release and calls on Russia to implement “without further delay »The withdrawal of its troops from the Ukrainian border.
Dutch Renew Europe MEP Malik Azmani said: “We have witnessed Putin’s outrageous political behavior in recent weeks. These are not new developments, but just a new act in Putin’s sinister power game.
“His only goal: the survival of his corrupt regime. We call on the Council to extend the sanctions under the EU’s Magnitsky Law. We must show Putin that the EU is united in condemning his actions. “
Green MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, the group’s spokesperson on Russia, said: “We call on the Russian leadership to release Alexei Navalny immediately. It is unacceptable and inhumane that medical treatment does not begin until after weeks of hunger strike and sleep deprivation. “
“The Maltese Government must now deploy all the necessary resources to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and those who granted them political protection and favoritism” Vladimír Bilčík, PPE
“Alexei Navalny’s life is in danger and needs the full support of the European Union. The ban on Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation is the latest escalation in the campaign against all opposition and dissent against the Russian leadership.
In another movement, the Parliament declared that China’s sanctions against European individuals and entities “are totally unacceptable and must be lifted immediately”.
They urge the EU to suspend the comprehensive investment agreement between the EU and China until sanctions are lifted.
Socialist deputy Raphaël Glucksmann, chairman of the special committee for foreign interference (INGE), declares: “The Chinese regime is committing a crime against humanity. EU sanctions target criminals and entities responsible for systemic atrocities against Uyghurs. “
“In response, Chinese countermeasures are a direct attack on our democratic institutions. As long as sanctions are imposed on EU institutions and elected representatives of the EU, we refuse to discuss the comprehensive investment agreement between the EU and China. “