The Audit Committee supports the work of the Board in terms of quality control of the Group’s financial reports and internal controls. The Audit Committee is currently chaired by Sonny Portelli, with the other members being Dr Arthur Galea Salomone and Reuben Attard. The Audit Committee is independent and is constituted in accordance with the requirements of the Listing Rules, with Reuben Attard being chosen as the member competent in accounting and/or auditing in view of his experience in the field. The Chief Finance Officer and the external auditors of the Company attend the meetings of the Committee by invitation. Other executives are requested to attend when required. The Company Secretary also acts as Secretary to the Audit Committee.
The Committee scrutinises and monitors related party transactions. It considers the materiality and the nature of the related party transactions carried out by the Company to ensure that the arm’s length principle is adhered to at all times.
During the period under review, the functions of the Remuneration Committee were carried out by the Board of Directors in view of the fact that the remuneration of directors is not performance related.