Joe Borg

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Joseph "Joe" Borg
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European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
In office
22 November 2004 – 9 February 2010
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Franz Fischler
Sandra Kalniete (Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries)
Succeeded by Maria Damanaki (Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
In office
1 May 2004 – 11 November 2004
Serving with Poul Nielson
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Poul Nielson
Succeeded by Louis Michel
Personal details
Born (1952-03-19) 19 March 1952 (age 62)
Political party Nationalist Party
Alma mater Aberystwyth University (UK)

Joseph "Joe" Borg (born 19 March 1952) is a Maltese politician and diplomat. Prior to taking up the post of Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs and led Malta's EU-accession negotiations.

Family[edit]

Borg is married to Isabelle; the couple has two children.

Career[edit]

Since 1979, Borg held various academic posts at the University of Malta, mainly focusing on Company Law, Industrial Law and European Law. He also held various posts as legal adviser to companies and corporate bodies in Malta and other countries.

He began his career in politics as an advisor to the Foreign Minister on European Union matters from 1989 until 1995. From 1992 until 1995 he also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Maltese Central Bank. He was elected to Parliament in 1995 under the Christian Democrat Nationalist Party (currently in Government). He later served as Parliamentary Secretary within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1998–1999 and was subsequently appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1999. He held this post until he was nominated Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs in 2004, upon Malta's accession to the EU.[citation needed]

Fisheries Commissioner[edit]

As European Commissioner, he has been responsible for spearheading the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy and for innovative measures in fisheries, particularly through the involvement of stakeholders and the fight against illegal fishing activities, aimed at achieving sustainability in the sector. However, European fisheries policy has been unsuccessful so far in achieving sustainability, with 91% of fisheries on course to be classified as "overfished" by 2015, by which time the EU has committed to international targets for achieving sustainability.[1]

Borg courted controversy among environmental groups by fiercely opposing the ban on the sale of Bluefin tuna, an increasingly rare fish which sells for thousands of pounds in Japan. His position on Bluefin tuna has been linked to the fact that the industry earns €100  million annually for Malta. Borg commented to the Times of Malta that "it is thanks to a lot of hard work at my level and at my staff's level that many of the proposals that are agreed by the commission took into account Maltese sensitivities".[2]

Honorary Doctorates[edit]

Borg was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Essex in July 2003.[citation needed]

Publications[edit]

1995: author of the Malta Companies Act[citation needed]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Political offices
New office Maltese European Commissioner
2004–2010
Succeeded by
John Dalli
Preceded by
Poul Nielson
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
2004
Served alongside: Poul Nielson
Succeeded by
Louis Michel
Preceded by
Franz Fischler
Sandra Kalniete

as European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries
European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Maria Damanaki
as European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries