Louis Grech

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The Honourable
Louis Grech
MP
Deputy Prime Minister of Malta
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 March 2013
President George Abela
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by Tonio Borg
Minister of European Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 March 2013
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by None (office created)
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Parliamentary Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 December 2012
Preceded by Dr Anglu Farrugia
Member of Parliament
Majority 2013: 5626 (1st District),
3178 (11th District)[1]
Member of the European Parliament
In office
12 June 2004 – 27 December 2012
Majority 2004: 15,371
2009: 27,753
Personal details
Born (1947-03-22) 22 March 1947 (age 67)
Hamrun, Malta
Nationality Maltese
Political party Labour (PL)
Children Xandru
Francesca
Luisa
Residence Kalkara
Religion Roman Catholic
Website www.louisgrech.eu
www.partitlaburista.org

Louis Grech (born 22 March 1947) is a Maltese politician who has been Deputy Prime Minister of Malta, as well as Minister of European Affairs, since 2013. He his also Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs of the Labour Party.

In March 2013 he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs. Grech is responsible for Relations with the European Union EU Internal Coordination, EU Presidency 2017, EU Funds and Programmes.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Hamrun, Grech studied at the University of Malta and in 1970 he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Balliol College, Oxford.[3]

Air Malta[edit]

Louis Grech was one of the first pioneers in the setting up and formation of the national flag carrier Air Malta under a Labour Government in 1973. Initially, he was responsible for Administration, organisational strategy, Personnel and industrial relations, as well as being Corporate Secretary of the Company.

In 1979 Grech was appointed General Manager, and in 1985 he was appointed Managing Director and CEO of the national airline. He was re-appointed CEO in 1997, where he oversaw an increase in traffic to 1.8m passengers, and Chairman of the Air Malta Group, which was one of the biggest companies in Malta with an international dimension. The Group had interests in Aviation and Tourism, employed around 2,500 workers, generated a turnover of approximately €293.5m, and was responsible for around 5.3% of Government revenue and 5.5% equivalent jobs in the country.[4]

During his tenure as CEO, Louis Grech extended the activities of the Group and created other ancillary sectors in various sectors such as hotels, tour operations, tourist handling, air service to Gozo, insurance, Duty Free services and hotel management.

Lufthansa Technik[edit]

One of Louis Grech’s major achievements was to attract Lufthansa Technik to Malta and convince the German enterprise to enter into a joint venture with Air Malta, which led to a foreign investment which is still growing. He was appointed by the Shareholders of Lufthansa Technik as well as those of Air Malta as the first Chairman of Lufthansa Technik (Malta).[5]

Other activities[edit]

During his long career, Louis Grech has held a number of managerial posts. These include Director of Bank of Valletta, Central Bank of Malta, Middle Sea, Medavia, Malta International Airport, Dragonara Casino, and various private companies. Other appointments include member of the Malta Institute of Management, member of the Industrial Tribunal, founder trustee of the Foundation for International Studies, and guest lecturer at the University of Malta. Between 1992 and 1996, Grech also provided consultancy in various sectors ranging from industrial relations, through tourism, manufacturing, and financing to marketing.[6]

Political life[edit]

Member of the European Parliament (2004-2013)[edit]

Grech was first elected as an MEP in 2004. As part of Malta's first group of MEPs, he was a member of the Party of European Socialists. In the subsequent MEP elections of 2009, Grech was re-elected with a larger tally of first-preference votes. His positive showing led to his nomination as the Head of Delegation of the Labour Party to the European Parliament. Grech held this seat until his election to the House of Representatives of Malta in 2013.

His work during his tenure as an MEP includes sitting on the Committee on Budgets, vice-chair of the delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, member of the delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, substitute for the Committee on Regional Development, and substitute for the delegation to the EUCroatia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Deputy Leader of the Malta Labour Party (2012-present)[edit]

On 27 December 2012 he was elected as the Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs of the Labour Party, replacing Angelo Farrugia.

Deputy Prime Minister of Malta (2013-present)[edit]

Following the Labour Party's landslide win in the 2013 elections, Louis Grech was sworn in as the Deputy Prime Minister of Malta. As a member of Joseph Muscat's first cabinet, he was given the post of Minister of European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto. He is responsible for Relations with the European Union EU Internal Coordination, EU Presidency 2017, and EU Funds and Programmes. Asisstng him during the first legislature is Dr. Ian Borg, the Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds and 2017 presidency.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Election 2013 Results, Department of Information (Malta)
  2. ^ New Government Cabinet Appointed, Malta Today, Wednesday 13 March 2013
  3. ^ Complete List of Rhodes Scholars, www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  4. ^ Profile - Professional Career, Louis Grech. Retrieved on 2013-03-13.
  5. ^ Profile - Professional Career, Louis Grech. Retrieved on 2013-03-13.
  6. ^ Profile - Professional Career, Louis Grech. Retrieved on 2013-03-13.
  7. ^ Ministers and Portfolios, Press Release PR0391, Department of Information (Malta), Wednesday 13th March 2013

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tonio Borg
Deputy Prime Minister of Malta
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Office created
Minister of European Affairs
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Angelo Farrugia
Deputy Leader of the Malta Labour Party
Parliamentary Affairs

2012–present
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Incumbent