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Spanish Lawyers Were Paid €80,000 From Taxpayer Money To Represent Malta In ECJ Case

The Government of Malta paid around €80,000 from taxpayer money when hiring Spanish lawyers to defend its case before the European Court of Justice.


The figure was revealed following a parliamentary question put forward by the shadow justice minister Dr.Jason Azzopardi.


Azzopardi argued that the government could have used the services of the state advocate, for which Maltese taxpayers already pay €61,602 (excluding perks) every single year.


The role of the State Advocate was created in 2019 and is responsible for representing the State before the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.


However, in this instance the Maltese government controversially appointed Spanish lawyers to speak on its behalf.


Do you think the government should have hired the Attorney General and saved the Maltese taxpayer an added €80,000 in legal fees ?

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