PM should come clean on Brazilian company - PL MPs
The Labour Party today called on the Prime Minister to come clean about 'the Brazilian company' and make available all information about it.
Gino Cauchi and Chris Cardona said the Prime Minister first announced the company in February, during a debate organised by The Times.
He had said that a large Brazilian company was coming to Malta.
After that, he did not reply to parliamentary questions asking about the company but last Friday, he said out of the blue that the company had moved its headquarters from Brazil to Malta.
This Brazilian company, the two MPs said, already had two sister companies registered in Malta on September 5, 2007 - Odebrecht Construction Malta Ltd and Odebrecht Engineering and Construction Ltd.
Odebrecht Solutions Malta Ltd was registered in Malta last May and had an office at the Plaza Complex in Sliema.
They said that while the Prime Minister was saying the company had moved its headquarters to Malta, Finance Minister Tonio Fenech was saying it had moved its back office here. The prime minister, the two MPs said, should come clean about the situation.
They said that the Prime Minister's credibility was at stake because when he mentioned the company last Friday, he knew that it had already closed its operations and had laid off its four employees.
This, they said, reminded one of Smart City.
They called on Dr Gonzi to confirm whether this company was Odebrecht, if it was true that it had laid off its workers and why.