Tonio Fenech

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Tonio Fenech
Finance Minister of Malta
In office
11 March 2008 – 10 March 2013
Preceded byLawrence Gonzi
Succeeded byEdward Scicluna
Personal details
Born (1969-05-05) 5 May 1969 (age 54)
Political partyPartit Nazzjonalista
Spouse(s)Claudine Ellul; 2 children

Tonio Fenech (born 5 May 1969) is a Maltese politician who served in the government of Malta as Minister of Finance, Economy and Investment from March 2008 to March 2013,[1] and was a member of the Parliament of Malta from 2003 to 2017.[2]


Fenech graduated in accountancy at the University of Malta in 1992. He is a warranted accountant and auditor.[3]

He joined Price Waterhouse in July 1993 as an auditor, later moving on to the management consultancy practice,[4]

Convinced by former PN leader Eddie Fenech Adami to get involved in politics,[5] Fenech was elected as a Birkirkara local councillor for the Nationalist Party in March 1997. Following the 1998 election, Fenech was appointed Mayor of Birkirkara. Fenech contested the local council elections three times. Among his political appointments, Fenech was also a member of the Housing Authority Board from 1998 to 2003, and member of the e-Malta Commission from 2001 to 2003. [4]

At the 2003 Maltese general election Fenech was elected Member of Parliament for the 8th electoral District, and was subsequently appointed as observer to the European Parliament between May 2003 and March 2004. Fenech was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi on 27 March 2004. While at the Ministry of Finance, Fenech worked on Malta's convergence with the Maastricht criteria for accession to the eurozone. Fenech was also given responsibility for the termination of works at Mater Dei Hospital. [4]

Following the 2008 election, Fenech was appointed as Minister of Finance, Economy and Investment in Lawrence Gonzi's cabinet.[1] Fenech was responsible for managing Malta's economy throughout the international economic and financial crisis. Despite these challenges, Malta's economy continued to register growth, while the jobless rate remained among the lowest in the European Union. Fenech was also responsible for reforms, including the privatisation of Malta Dockyard[6] and the restructuring of Air Malta. [7] Fenech did not contest the 2017 Maltese general elections, deciding to leave politics, after 20 years, at 48 years of age.[5] He has since worked in the private sector.

In October 2017, Fenech was reprimanded by the Malta Financial Services Authority for negligence in his role as director of Falcon Funds, an investment fund which lost millions in Swedish pensioners' savings. Fenech was prohibited from taking on new appointments in financial services for two years.[8]


  1. ^ a b "New Cabinet sworn in", Times of Malta, 12 March 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Hon. Tonio Fenech MP". Parliament of Malta. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  3. ^ Profile at official website Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c eurelectric, biography of Minister Fenech
  5. ^ a b Times of Malta, 5 May 2017
  6. ^ Government to start Malta Shipyards privatisation process, 19 June 2008; Tonio Fenech mum on Shipyards real bid value, 3 Feb 2010; Motion no. 140, Parliament of Malta; Maltese shipyards privatisation “saved jobs”, 16 Dec 2013
  7. ^ Tonio Fenech formally appoints new Air Malta board, 25 May 2011 Air Malta: Not A case of engaging friends – Tonio Fenech, 7 June 2011; Unions criticise poor communication during Air Malta restructuring 29 Aug 2012
  8. ^ Malta Today, 7 Oct 2017
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Finance
Succeeded by