The State’s duty to inform – essential to the right to good governance

The President of the House of Representatives visits the Office of the Ombudsman  

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Anglu Farrugia today visited the Office of the Ombudsman on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the setting-up of the institution in Malta.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives thanked the Parliamentary Ombudsman, the Commissioners and the staff for being at the service of citizens.

During the visit the Speaker and the Parliamentary Ombudsman presented a joint publication entitled “The State’s duty to inform – essential to the right to good governance.  The Speaker stated that the publication’s theme is highly relevant to the main function of the Ombudsman to keep the public administration accountable. Anglu Farrugia stressed the importance of providing timely and correct information to the citizen as an effective tool against corruption.

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino, spoke about the three main themes treated in the publication, namely truth, transparency and accountability. The Ombudsman said that truth is relevant to good public administration because the Executive and public administrator cannot be held accountable for their actions and inactions unless they are transparent in how they manage public affairs. On the other hand, transparency cannot be achieved unless correct knowledge of the facts and what led to them are known and in the public domain. That knowledge is essential to ensure proper accountability.

Copies of the publication can be obtained from the Office of the Ombudsman

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