George Vella

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George William Vella
MP
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
13 March 2013
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by Francis Zammit Dimech
In office
28 October 1996 – 6 September 1998
Prime Minister Alfred Sant
Preceded by Guido de Marco
Succeeded by Guido de Marco
Deputy Prime Minister of Malta
In office
28 October 1996 – 6 September 1998
Prime Minister Alfred Sant
Preceded by Guido de Marco
Succeeded by Guido de Marco
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
26 March 1992 – 23 May 2003
Leader Alfred Sant
Preceded by Joseph Brincat
Succeeded by Charles Mangion
Personal details
Born (1942-04-24) 24 April 1942 (age 74)
Żejtun, Malta
Political party Labour Party (1978–present)
Spouse(s) Miriam Grima
Children 3
Alma mater University of Malta
Religion Roman Catholicism

George William Vella (born 24 April 1942) is Maltese politician and a graduate in medicine. Vella has been serving as Malta's Deputy Prime Minister and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, since 2013.[1]

Vella has held the same post of Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998, under Prime Minister Alfred Sant.[2][3][4] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is found at Palazzo Parisio in Valletta, Malta.

Early life and family[edit]

Vella was born in Żejtun in 1942. He is married to Miriam (née Grima). Vella fathered three children; two daughters and a son. He has seven grandchildren.[5][6]

Education[edit]

Vella is a graduated in medicine at the University of Malta in 1964. In 1977, he was awarded a Certificate in General Aviation Medicine (Famborough, UK). Dr Vella started his parliamentary career within the Labour Party (Malta) in 1978. He was subsequently elected Member of Parliament at the general elections held in 1981, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, when he was re-appointed as Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.[7]

Career[edit]

Labour Party[edit]

Vella joined the Labour Party (PL) and started his parliamentary career in 1978. He was subsequently elected member of parliament at the general elections held in 1981, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 . As a Member of Parliament, he represents the 3rd District.[8][9]

Serving abroad[edit]

In 1978, Vella was a substitute member of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe and rapporteur on maritime pollution from maritime sources at the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE). In 1987, he served as Malta's permanent representative at the Council of Europe between January and May.[10]

Deputy leader[edit]

In 1992, Vella was elected as the Labour Party deputy leader for parliamentary affairs and spokesperson on foreign affairs. He served as vice chairman on the Joint EU/Malta Parliamentary Committee.[11][12]

Foreign Affairs[edit]

The office of Vella while serving as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In 1995 and 1996, Vella was a member of the House Business Committee and the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee. During his political career, he led many delegations abroad and attended numerous conferences and seminars; he delivered speeches, mostly on foreign affairs and the environment, in Strasbourg, Aachen, London, Brussels, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Damascus, and Tripoli.[13]

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Vella's official ministerial office was once the bedroom of Napoleon at Palazzo Parisio.

He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Environment back in October 1996[14] and again in 2013.[15]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Brincat
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
1992–2003
Succeeded by
Charles Mangion
Political offices
Preceded by
Guido de Marco
Deputy Prime Minister of Malta
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Guido de Marco
Preceded by
Guido de Marco
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Guido de Marco
Preceded by
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Minister for the Environment
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Francis Zammit Dimech
Preceded by
Francis Zammit Dimech
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2013–present
Incumbent