- Posted June 18, 2014 by
Are People Really Investing In The Maltese Citizenship Programme?
A few days ago, Henley and Partners the concessionaire of the Maltese Individual Investor Programme, announced that it had over 100 individuals that had invested in Malta's new naturalisation scheme. Since then, the Nationalist Party and Times of Malta have contested the figures.
The programme was dogged with controversy from the first announcement – partly because it has become a flagship policy of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat but did not appear in his election manifesto. After much debate and wrangling in Malta and some attempted intervention by the European Parliament and European Commission, the plan was able to proceed with some modifications.
However, whether such a programme really would be appealing has been open to debate for some time. It is obviously in the interests of Henley and Partners to make the launch into a success, while it is in the government's public interests for that success to be not too great. Meanwhile, it is in everyone's interests for the scheme to have relatively high levels of privacy.
You can read more from the Times of Malta here:
The sceme is described in full here: