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Watch: 'We take our decisions': Muscat dismisses MEP calls for dismissals




The MEPs who drafted a damning report about Malta had already decided what they were going to say before they even landed on the island, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Friday. Published yesterday, the European Parliament report called on politicians perceived to be implicated in "serious acts of corruption and money laundering" linked to the Panama Papers to be removed from public office. Retaining them, the report said, affected the government's credibility, fuelled a perception on impunity, and could result in damage to State assets. Asked whether he would take on the recommendation to sack those named in the Panama Papers, Dr Muscat said simply "we take our decisions" ' implying he would not be told who to fire by Brussels.
WATCH: MEPs highlight 'perception of impunity' during their visit to Malta
"I disagree with the analysis [in the report], I still respect it, and I met with the delegation. But I think that most of the things they wrote in the report were basically decided beforehand," he told Times of Malta on the steps on the Auberge de Castille.The Prime Minister said he would have rather have had the delegation of MEPs visit Malta before the EP voted on a...

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