AD is “cautiously worried” on the sale of citizenship debate
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In view of the current developments on the citizenship sale scheme, Alternattiva Demokratika has said that it is “cautiously worried about the turn the debate is taking.”
AD Chairperson, Prof. Arnold Cassola, said, “We welcome the fact that the Prime Minister has said that he is going to listen to what the EU Commission has to say and to proceed from there. We also welcome the fact that the Commission does not intend to give Malta any formal notice on the issue for the moment.”
He added, “this notwithstanding, we are concerned at the dragging on of this issue which certainly does not enhance our country’s reputation abroad. There are only two ways to this: either achieve a bipartisan consensus on a viable investment scheme, or otherwise taking the issue to the people to vote on the issue in a referendum on 24 May.”
AD Deputy Chairperson, Carmel Cacopardo, said, “the scheme was not in the PL’s electoral proposal, so a solution that produces a suitable compromise should be envisaged. Majorities in seats and voters cannot be bandied around in such a sensitive debate, especially in the light of the European and international backlash against the scheme.”
“It is in the interest of all that an agreement is reached as quickly as possible. We therefore ask the government to suspend momentarily the scheme and we look forward to a mature debate in parliament on the legal notices attached to the IIP scheme,” Carmel Cacopardo concluded.