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13-Dr Joseph Muscat

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1974 –

PRIME MINISTER OF MALTA (2013 – )

Joseph Muscat was born on 22nd January, 1974. He studied at St Francis School, St Paul’s Bay Primary School, St Aloysius’ College and the University of Malta.

Muscat graduated Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Public Policy from the University of Malta in 1995, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Public Policy in 1996), Master of Arts in European Studies in 1997 and Ph.D. in Management Research from the University of Bristol in 2007.

Muscat worked as a journalist with the Party’s radio station, Super One Radio (today One Radio). He later took on a similar role at Super One TV., becoming the station’s assistant head of news in 1996. He was also editor of Party’s online newspaper, maltastar.com between 2001 and 2004.

Muscat was as a member of the youth section of the Labour Party, the Labour Youth Forum (Forum Żgħażagħ Laburisti) where he served as Financial Secretary (1994–97) and Acting Chairperson (1997). He later served as Education Secretary in the Central Administration of the Party (2001–2003) and Chairman of its Annual General Conference (November 2003). During the Labour government of 1996-98 he was a member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality (1997–98). Between 1998 and 2003, Joseph Muscat campaigned actively against Malta’s membership in the European Union.

In 2003 he was nominated to a working group led by George Vella and Evarist Bartolo on the Labour Party’s policies on the European Union. This working group produced the document Il-Partit Laburista u l-Unjoni Ewropea: Għall-Ġid tal-Maltin u l-Għawdxin (‘The Labour Party and the European Union for the benefit of the Maltese’) which was adopted by the Labour Party Extraordinary General Conference in November of that year. At this General Conference Muscat was approved as a candidate for the election to the European Parliament.
Muscat was elected to the European Parliament in the 2004 European Parliament election being the Labour Party receiving the most first-preferences. Sitting as a Member of the European Parliament with the Party of European Socialists, he held the post of Vice-President of the Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. He was a member of a number of delegations for relations with Belarus and with the countries of south-east Europe. He was also a member of the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees.

As an MEP he supported a reduction in the tax for Satellite television, the right for customers to watch sport events for free and a number of issues related to environmental protection in Malta. He formed part of a team responsible for a report on the roaming mobile phone bills and sale of banks.

On March 24, 2008 Muscat announced his candidacy for Leader of Labour Party, to replace Alfred Sant, who resigned after a third consecutive defeat for the Party in the March 2008 general election and a heavy defeat in the EU referendum in March 2003. Muscat was elected as the new party leader on June 6, 2008.

Muscat resigned his seat in the European Parliament in 2008 to take up a seat in the Maltese Parliament and the role of Leader of the Opposition after being elected Leader of the Labour Party. Before his resignation his report proposing new regulations for the EU’s financial services sector was adopted by the European Parliament.

He was co-opted in the Maltese Parliament on 1 October 2008 to fill the seat vacated by Joseph Cuschieri.

Dr Muscat led the PL to a landslide electoral victory in 2013. On 11th March he took oath of Office as Prime Minister. He is one of the youngest Prime Ministers of Malta.

Muscat is married to Michelle née Tanti and they have twin daughters, Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie.

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CABINET  13 March 2013  – 2 April 2014

Minister Ministry
Dr Joseph Muscat  Prime Minister
Louis Grech EU Affairs
Dr George Vella Foreign Affairs
Karmenu Vella Tourism
Evarist Bartolo Education & Employment
Joe Mizzi Transport & Infrastructure
Leo Brincat Sustainable Development, Environment & Climate Change
Dr Anton Refalo Gozo
Dr Helena Dalli Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs & Civil Rights
Dr Christian Cardona Economy, Investments & Small Business
Dr Marie Louise Coleiro Family Affairs & Social Policy
Dr Emanuel Mallia Home Affairs & National Security
Dr Edward Scicluna Finance
Dr Konrad Mizzi Energy & Water Conservation
Dr Godfrey Farrugia Health
Parliamentary Secretary Portfolio
Dr Michael Farrugia Planning & Administrative simplification (OPM)
Dr Ian Borg EU funds  & EU Presidency 2017 (EU Affairs)
Dr Jose’ Herrera Local Government & Culture (Tourism)
Stefan Buontempo Research & Innovation, Youth & Sport (Education)
Roderick Galdes Agriculture, Fishing & Animal Rights
Dr Owen Bonnici Justice
Dr Edward Zammit Lewis Competitiveness and Economic Growth.
Dr Franco Mercieca Active ageing and disability rights

Note: In June 2013 the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice was transferred under the Prime Minister’s portfolio to keep home affairs and justice separate.

On 29 March 2014 the Health Minister, Dr Godfrey Farrugia, resigned stating that he could no longer accept the position. In his letter of resignation, Dr Farrugia thanked the Prime Minister for offering him the post of Social Policy Minister but said he could not accept the position. Dr Farrugia said in his letter to Dr Muscat that when he became Health Minister, he saw this as a golden opportunity to strengthen his services for the dignity and needs of patients and said he was convinced that in the year he had been in office he and his colleagues had created the basis for the sector to become sustainable.

Also on 29 March 2014 Parliamentary Secretary Dr Franco Mercieca revealed that weeks before he had told the Prime Minister of his intention to resign since he considered his vocation to be ophthalmology.

On 2 April 2014 Marie Louise Coleiro was appointed the ninth President of the Republic.

The new cabinet was announced on Saturday 29 March 2014 in the afternoon but the appointments took effect on Wednesday 2 April after Marie Louise Coleiro was appointed President of the Republic.

 

CABINET 2 April 2014 to date

Minister Ministry
Dr Joseph Muscat Prime Minister
Louis Grech EU Affairs
Dr George Vella Foreign Affairs
Dr Edward Zammit Lewis Tourism
Evarist Bartolo Education & Employment
Joe Mizzi Transport & Infrastructure
Leo Brincat Sustainable Development, Environment & Climate Change
Dr Anton Refalo Gozo
Dr Helena Dalli Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs & Civil Rights
Dr Christian Cardona Economy, Investments & Small Business
Dr Michael Farrugia Family Affairs & Social Solidarity
Dr Emanuel Mallia Home Affairs & National Security
Dr Edward Scicluna Finance
Dr Konrad Mizzi Energy & Water Conservation
Health
Dr Owen Bonnici Justice, Culture & Local Government
Parliamentary Secretary Portfolio
Dr Michael Falzon Planning & Administrative simplification (OPM)
Dr Ian Borg EU funds & EU Presidency 2017 (EU Affairs)
Dr Chris Fearne Health
Stefan Buontempo Local Government & Culture
Roderick Galdes Agriculture, Fishing & Animal Rights
Dr Owen Bonnici Justice
Dr Jose’ Herrera Competitiveness and Economic Growth.
Dr Justyne Caruana Active ageing and disability rights
Chris Agius Research, Innovation, Youth & Sports

Note: On Tuesday 9 December 2014, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat formally dismissed Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia after Dr Mallia failed to submit his resignation as requested on 8 December 2014 after the publication of an inquiry report into the shooting incident on 19 November 2014 involving his driver.

On 9 December 2014 Carmelo Abela was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. However there have been slight changes in the ministerial portfolio, with PBS moving from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Justice and Culture (under Dr Owen Bonnici) and responsibility for the film industry being transferred to the Ministry of Tourism (under Dr Edward Zammit Lewis).

 

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