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Dr. Joseph Muscat was born in Pietà on 22 January 1974.  He  is married to Michelle, née Tanti, and they have twin daughters, Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie. He received his formal education at the Government Primary School in St. Paul’s Bay, Stella Maris and St. Aloysius’ College. He graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in Management and Public Policy and later with a Master of Arts in European Studies. In 2007, he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol (UK).

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”color-white line-height-double font-extra-small max-width-825″ css=”.vc_custom_1516360769221{margin-bottom: 80px !important;}”]Joseph Muscat started his career as a journalist at the Labour Party’s media arm between 1992 and 1997, ending this part of his career as Assistant Head of News. During this time, Dr Muscat was also an active member of the Labour Youth Forum (Forum Żagħżagħ Laburisti) serving as Financial Secretary (1994-1997) and acting Chairperson in 1997. He was later elected as a member to the National Executive of the Labour Party, and then nominated as Education Secretary.

Dr Muscat was elected and served as a Member of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2008, before stepping down form this role to contest for the position of Party leader in 2008. In 2006, Joseph Muscat’s potential was rewarded, as he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year.

Joseph Muscat was elected Leader of the Labour Party in 2008, served as Leader of the Opposition until March 2013 before winning his first landslide victory for the Party, and started to serve as Prime Minster.

The Prime Minister’s first term is marked by the pro-business attitude the Government took, creating an environment in Malta for businesses to flourish and attracting unprecedented amounts of foreign direct investment. Muscat’s first term is also mostly remembered for the turnaround of the Maltese economy – in four short years the Government created an economic model, many hope to adapt to their own countries. The Government introduced civil unions in 2014 – a pivotal move for Malta, making the country a prominent advocate globally for civil liberties. During Muscat’s first legislature Government also eliminated out-of stock medication, reduced energy tariffs, introduced free childcare for those who work, and introduced the inwork benefit and the tapering of benefits to support people re-entering the workforce.

The unprecedented economic growth rate, high employment rates and lowest unemployment rates in Malta’s history were some of the key factors that contributed to Prime Minster Muscat’s second victory in June 2017. However, this was not all, the Muscat administration improved the overall wealth of the country, by reducing families at risk of poverty by half, increasing pensions for the first time in 25 years and reaching an agreement to increase the national minimum wage for the first time in 30 years.

After the 2017 victory, Prime Minister Muscat has continued to strengthen the Maltese economy, allowing the country to be able to invest more than ever before in crucial sectors such as health, education and energy. However, more importantly, the Government has also continued its focus on civil liberties and started its second legislature by putting forward the Marriage Equality Act, which legalised same-sex marriage.

Joseph Muscat is one of the most progressive leaders of the Maltese nation, who has focused on all strata of society. The Labour Government under Muscat’s leadership introduced family friendly measures, which led to a 9% increase in female participation in the labour market, and it introduced measures to support families in becoming homeowners through the first time buyer’s scheme.

As a country, Malta continues to exceed expectations, as with the case of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and eliminating its national deficit. The Government’s aim is to continue distributing the country’s generated wealth to those who need it most and to implement its economic vision for Malta – one where Malta becomes a hub for innovation, a melting pot of ideas.

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13 th
Prime Minister
Of The Republic of Malta
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11 MARCH 2013