Joseph Cuschieri

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Joseph Cuschieri
Joseph Cuschieri Official.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
In office
6 June 2009 (de facto)
S&D Member - 1 December 2011 (de jure) – 30 June 2014
Majority 19,672
Member of Parliament
In office
Opposition Member 1998 – 2008
Succeeded by Joseph Muscat
St Julian's Local Council
In office
Deputy Mayor 1994 – 1996
Succeeded by Vincent Aquilina
Personal details
Born (1968-02-20) 20 February 1968 (age 47)
Attard, Malta
Nationality Maltese
Political party Labour Party (Malta) (Partit Laburista)
Religion Roman Catholic
Website European Parliament
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Joseph Cuschieri (born February 20, 1968) is a Maltese politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2011 - 2013. Previously he served in the House of Representatives of Malta from 1998 to 2008. In 1994 he was elected and nominated first Deputy Mayor of St Julian's. He was born in a working-class family and joined the Labour Party at a very early age.

Background[edit]

Joseph Cuschieri was born in Attard. Before becoming a politician, he worked in the textile industry, at the dockyards, journalism and broadcasting, and tourism. He was one of the pioneers who set up Super One Radio (now ONE Radio), where he worked as a journalist and broadcaster. He was also the personal reporter for then Leader of the Malta Labour Party and Prime Minister, Dr Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici.

Political career[edit]

Joseph Cuschieri became active in the Labour Party at the age of 13 when he joined the Labour Youth League in Sliema, Malta.

As a Councillor and Vice Mayor[edit]

In 1994 he was elected and nominated first Deputy Mayor of St Julian's, after polling the largest number of votes among independent candidates.[1] In the second local council elections in 1996 he was re-elected with the largest numbers of votes among all candidates.

As a Member of Parliament[edit]

Joseph Cuschieri was elected as an MP for three consecutive terms commencing 1998. He garnered a greater share of the vote in 2003 and then in 2008.[2]

From 1998 to 2003 he served, alongside Charles Mangion, as spokesperson for Local Councils. From 2003 to 2008 he served with Karmenu Vella and Evarist Bartolo as spokesperson for tourism, Air Malta, and hotels industry. He was also appointed speaker for the Infrastructure and Capital Projects, together with Charles Buhagiar.

During his ten-year parliamentary career Joseph Cuschieri served on delegations to the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Tunisia, Australia, South Korea, Germany, Palestine, Israel and Jordan, among others.

Altruistic resignation from the House of Representatives[edit]

On the 29th of September 2008 Joseph Cuschieri ceded his parliamentary seat to newly elected Labour leader Dr Joseph Muscat, who at that time was not a Maltese member of Parliament.[3] Thus he made it possible for the new Labour Leader to carry out his duties as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament on behalf of the Malta Labour Party.

Joseph Muscat thanked Cuschieri for "his extraordinary and generous decision",[4] and Charles Mangion, former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party for Parliamentary Affairs and acting Opposition Leader Charles Mangion, described Cuschieri as a hard worker and remarkably altruistic, calling his resignation historically and politically important for the country.[5] Joseph Muscat is now the Prime Minister of Malta.

Following are two quotes by the Labour Leader Dr Joseph Muscat dated 20 September 2008 about Joseph Cuschieri resignation from the Parliament of Malta:

  • "Ir-Rizenja ta' Joseph Cuschieri biex nidhol fil-Parlament hija sinjal ta' lealta' assoluta lejn l-ideal taghna. Juri li l-ideal huwa akbar mill-persuna. Il-Partit Laburista ghandu jkun kburi li ghandu fi hdanu persuni bhal Joseph u jien inheggu biex ikompli jimilita' bil-kbir fi hdanu." [1]
  • "Dan il-pass huwa meqjus minni bhala wiehed li int hadt b'imhabba u lealta' lejn il-Partit Laburisti. F'ismi u f'isem il-Partit kollu nerga nirringrazzjak tal-gest tieghek fl-interess tal-Partit u tal-Pajjiz, u nizgurak li minn issa, jien se nassigura li l-kompetenza u l-kapacitajiet li int ksibt tul il-karriera politika tieghek, ikunu uzati u utilizzati fl-interess tal-pajjiz."

Following his resignation from Parliament, Joseph Cuschieri was elected unanimously as a member of the National Executive of the Labour Party, as a sign of gratitude for his altruism.[citation needed]

Joseph Cuschieri as an MEP[edit]

Following the entry into force of the Protocol amending Protocol No 36, Joseph Cuschieri was designated as an MEP with effect from 1 December 2011 for the remainder of the 2009-2014 European Parliament parliamentary term.[6]

Cuschieri has contested the 2009 European Parliament Elections and has garnered the 4th largest numbers of first count votes among all candidates.

In the European Parliament, Joseph Cuschieri was a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and the Head of Delegation of the S&D Maltese members.

In the European Parliament Cuschieri served as a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and a substitute member of the Committee on Regional Development. He was also a member on the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula and the Delegation for relations with South Africa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results of Council Elections, by Locality, 1993 - 2008". Maltadata.com. 
  2. ^ Malta Department of Information figures
  3. ^ "Joseph Cuschieri se jcedi postu fil-Parlament lill-Mexxej Laburista Joseph Muscat (Joseph Cuschiere will cede his Parliamentary post to Labour leader Joseph Muscat)". Maltese Labour Party official website (in Maltese). 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "It's official, Cuschieri to give up his seat for Joseph Muscat". Times of Malta. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Cuschieri sacrifices parliamentary seat for Leader". Malta Media News. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Camilleri, Ivan (13 December 2011). "Cuschieri takes his seat". Times of Malta. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 

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