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Commission’s Letter “More Political Than Legal,” Says Malta Citizenship Secretary Muscat

October 28, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Malta’s Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship, Alex Muscat, today echoed the conclusions drawn last week by both the Investment Migration Council and leading scholar on EU constitutional and citizenship law, Prof. Dimitry Kochenov: The European Commission’s demand that Malta and Cyprus terminate their citizenship by investment programs...

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Flawed RCBI Due Diligence: An Indictment of Due Diligence, Not of RCBI

October 25, 2020

Roderick CutajarMalta   Before becoming a private-sector RCBI service provider, I served for three years as CEO of the Malta Residency Visa Agency. Having been on both the applying and approving ends of the investment migration table, I think I am in a position to evaluate both sides of...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , europe , european-commission , imc , kochenov , mep

MEPs Aim to Wrest Naturalization Powers From Member States – Genuine-Links Doctrine Contradicts EU Law Says IMC

October 24, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   In a public statement, responding to the European Commission’s initiation of infringement procedures against Malta and Cyprus over their operating of citizenship by investment programs, the IMC underlined that “citizenship of EU Member States remains a national competence,” and that this division of competence between the...

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Kochenov: Commission Would Likely Be “Humiliated” If CIP-Matter Goes to Court Over “Genuine Links”

October 23, 2020

Prof. Dimitry Kochenov is Professor of EU Constitutional Law and Citizenship at University of Groningen, the author of Citizenship and the former chairman of the IMC. In this exclusive interview, he illustrates that the European Commission’s opening of infringement procedures against Malta and Cyprus on grounds that their CIPs...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , cyprus , eu , europe , european-commission , european-court-of-justice , infringement , malta , politics

European Commission Launches Infringement Procedures Against Cyprus, Malta Over CIPs

October 20, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   In a press release published today, the European Commission announces that it is ” launching infringement procedures against Cyprus and Malta by issuing letters of formal notice regarding their investor citizenship schemes also referred to as ‘golden passport’ schemes.” The move was not entirely unexpected; over the last several months,...

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club , eu , europe , european-commission , genuine-links , malta , malta-iip , miip , reynders , von-der-leyen

European Commission to “Analyze” Malta’s CIP Extension Plans

October 1, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   During a phone call with Maltese Interior Minister Byron Camilleri this summer, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders reportedly requested to see Malta’s draft proposals for its revamped citizenship by investment program, slated to replace the Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP) this year. IMI understands that...

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Malta Joins Cyprus in Standing Up to Eur. Commission: MIIP More Valuable Than Ever Right Now

April 27, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Last week, we reported that the government of Cyprus had rejected another round of European Commission demands for a “phasing-out” of citizenship by investment programs among EU member states, responding that Cypriots saw “no reason why it should be stopped”. On Friday, the government of Malta,...

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Eur. Commission Again Asks EU Members to “Phase Out” CIPs, Cyprus Sees “No Reason Why” it Should

April 23, 2020

On April 1st, the European Commission once again sent a letter to member states Bulgaria, Malta, and Cyprus reiterating calls for a phasing out of their citizenship by investment programs. The Commission, reportedly, also demanded the countries present a plan for how exactly they would discontinue their programs, asking...

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After Waiting Two Years for Greek Golden Visas, 35 Investors Prepare Class Action Suit

February 17, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   35 Chinese investors in Greek real estate who filed their golden visa applications up to two years ago are preparing legal action against the Greek state demanding compensation and immediate residence permits. Legal provisions pertaining to Greek investor visas stipulate a processing period of no more...

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Court Impels Portugal’s Govt. to Share Detailed Golden Visa Data (Including Some That Don’t Exist)

January 4, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor: For the last year and a half, Transparency International (TI) has pressed Portugal’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to share more detailed statistics on the country’s residence by investment program (the ARI, or golden visa) than it currently does. The Ministry has so...

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