Source: Investment Migration Insider

Author: Christian Nehseim

Malta’s Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship, Alex Muscat, today echoed the conclusions drawn last week by both the Investment Migration Council and leading scholar on EU constitutional and citizenship law, Prof. Dimitry Kochenov: The European Commission’s demand that Malta and Cyprus terminate their citizenship by investment programs are ultra vires and politically motivated.

“We have been in communication with Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders for months now,” Muscat told Malta Today. “We have already shown our intention to reply to the letter in the weeks to come. The technical analysis we have is that it is not based on any law. The letter the European Commission sent us is more political than legal – there is no legal basis for the procedure the EU has taken because it is Malta that decides who becomes a Maltese citizen,” he emphasized.

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