Evarist Bartolo

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Evarist Bartolo
Evarist Bartolo (2021) (cropped).jpg
Minister for European and Foreign Affairs
In office
15 January 2020 – 26 March 2022
Prime MinisterRobert Abela
Preceded byCarmelo Abela
Responsible for Foreign Affairs & Trade Promotion
Succeeded byIan Borg
Minister for Education and Employment
In office
13 March 2013 – 15 January 2020
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byDolores Cristina
Succeeded byOwen Bonnici
Member of Parliament
In office
4 April 1992 – 26 March 2022
Minister for Education and National Culture
In office
28 October 1996 – 6 September 1998
Prime MinisterAlfred Sant
Preceded byMichael Falzon
Succeeded byLouis Galea
Personal details
Born (1952-10-14) 14 October 1952 (age 70)
Mellieħa, Malta
Political partyLabour (PL)
ChildrenKatrine, Louisa
Alma materUniversity of Malta
Stanford University
University of Cardiff
Partit Laburista

Evarist Bartolo (born 14 October 1952) is a Maltese politician affiliated with the Labour Party and formerly the Minister for European & Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education & Employment.


Bartolo was born on 14 October 1952 in Mellieha. Bartolo has three brothers and three sisters. His father worked as a primary school teacher. He is married to Gillian (née Sammut) and they have two children, Katrine and Louisa.


In 1975 Bartolo graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A.(Hons) degree in English Literature. In 1984 he was awarded a scholarship for a diploma course in journalism at Stanford University. He then read for a Master's in Education at the University of Cardiff which he completed in 1986.


Bartolo spent three years teaching at De La Salle College, another four years at the national broadcasting station and then a further ten years as the editor and head of news of the Labour Party media. He currently lectures in Communication Studies at the University of Malta. He has been a member in parliament since 1992, working mostly in education, European affairs and tourism. Between 1996 and 1998 he served as Minister of Education and National Culture under a Labour Government.

In the 2013 general elections held on 9 March 2013 he was once again elected from two districts, the 10th (Gzira, Pemboke, Sliema, St Julians) and the 12th (Mellieha, St Paul's Bay and Naxxar) and was subsequently appointed Minister for Education and Employment.[1] He was re-elected in the 2017 general election and re-appointed to the same role.[2] Following the election of Robert Abela as Prime Minister, Bartolo was appointed Minister for Foreign and EU Affairs.[3] He also contested the 2022 general election but was not elected and announced his retirement from politics.[4]

Political beliefs[edit]

Bartolo was raised in Mellieha, a conservative, rural town in the north of Malta. As he himself points out, he had a very Catholic upbringing and as a teenager used to teach the Bible to younger children. He was also very active in the Legion of Mary, the Catholic Action and the Young Christian Workers, all of these movements closely aligned to the Catholic Church. In a country where political polarization is very strong and most individuals will identify with the party that they have been brought up with, Bartolo describes himself as one of those who chose a party upon the basis of an explicit attempt to understand which party best stood for the principles that he believed in. Bartolo states that the road that convinced him that his place was within the Labour Party was a long tortuous one during which he explored Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Vladimir Lenin, Martin Luther King Jr. and spent a year in Sicily working with an anti-Mafia activist Danilo Dolci.[5]

Bartolo is a prolific writer having been a consistent contributor to the local media since his early teens and is considered to be one of the principal ideologists within the Malta Labour Party.

Bartolo was one of the leading contenders for the Malta Labour Party leadership following the resignation of Alfred Sant who had been at the helm of the Party since 1992.

Bartolo's moderate beliefs are seen by many as being the sort of views which will move the Labour Party from being perceived as a slightly outmoded traditional working class party to one that, within the new Maltese social realities, captures the support of emerging liberal elements within the middle classes while still remaining loyal to its working-class roots.[6]

In August 2013, Bartolo nominated Cyrus Engerer within the Labour Party for the 2014 European Parliament elections.


  1. ^ "Cabinet: full list of ministries, parliamentary secretaries and responsibilities". MaltaToday.com.mt. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  2. ^ "[WATCH] Prime Minister announces Cabinet of Ministers". MaltaToday.com.mt. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  3. ^ "These are Robert Abela's ministers and parliamentary secretaries". Times of Malta. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Evarist Bartolo, Jose Herrera quit politics after election disappointment". Times of Malta. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Home". evaristbartolo.com.
  6. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "'I'm Evarist Bartolo, not Alfred Sant'".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Falzon
Minister for Education and National Culture
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Education and Employment
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by