Foreign minister Tonio Borg (left) with Richard Cachia Caruana.
A less than satisfactory reply to Labour MP Leo Brincat's extensive parliamentary question on the salary for Malta's outgoing permanent representative to the EU, has shed little light on the presumed extent of Richard Cachia Caruana's emolument.
The ambassador who had to resign his post following a motion of censure passed by the Opposition and won by the support of a government MP, is paid the highest public sector salary of €38,000 plus 10 per cent, but receives no performance bonus.
Cachia Caruana will receive a terminal benefit as well as a transitional facility for the next months, which is an allowance applicable to all ministers and the Opposition leader.
But Brincat has demanded that the foreign minister Tonio Borg reveals what global emoluments and allowances are paid to Cachia Caruana, what these amounts where for 2011 as well as to table the foreign ministry's 'Forms 1' from 2007 onwards which detail the expenses of each ambassador.
Borg also did not provide Brincat with a copy of the contract of service for Cachia Caruana, and any amendments to the contract, whether his salary was adjusted in the past six years, any arrears he received, and whether he is paid other remunerations for his role as head of the EU secretariat.
Borg has referred Brincat to previous PQs which tag Cachia Caruana's salary to the highest civil service scale.