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Biography of Minister of Foreign Affairs

The HONOURABLE Dr. GEORGE W. VELLA, MD., M.P.

Dr. George Vella was born on the 24th April 1942 at Zejtun, Malta and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery in 1964. He was a Medical Officer to the Malta Drydocks during 1966-1973, as well as a demonstrator in Physiology and Biochemistry at the Medical School, University of Malta during1996-1975. Today, he is a specialist in Family Medicine and a consultant in Aviation Medicine. He has been politically active since 1976, having been elected as a Member of Parliament in 1978-1987 and from 1992 until today.
During his political career, he was nominated as Leader of the Party in 1992, but he did not accept. One of the first Maltese Observers to the European Parliament, Dr. George Vella was also, albeit for a short spell a Member of the European Parliament in 2004. He has a vast and long experience in the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and United Nations Conferences.

Dr. Vella is a member of the Euro Mediterranean Parliament, and the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Mediterranean. He was a Labour Party delegate to the Convention to Draft a Constitution for the EU (2003), and a Labour Party representative on the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists. Dr. Vella took an active part in numerous conferences around the world, and had meetings with many eminent politicians and leaders over the years. He is particularly interested in Mediterranean Politics and Middle East politics, and was a member of the European and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Maltese Parliament since its inception. He has been a deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1992 and 2003, and deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Environment between 1996 and 1998.

Curriculum Vitae

Born on the 24th April 1942 at Zejtun, Malta.
Educated at De La Salle College.
Graduated in medicine from the University of Malta in 1964.
Medical Officer Malta Drydocks 1966-1973.
Demonstrator in Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Malta 1966-1975.
Certificate in General Aviation Medicine (Farnborough UK 1977).
Aviation Medicine consultant with Air Malta and Department of Civil Aviation 1976-1990.
Labour Member of Parliament 1978-1987, 1992-to-date.
Leader of Malta Delegation to the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities (Council of Europe) 1978-1987.
Substitute Member of Parliament to Parliamentary Assembly (Council of Europe) 1982.
Permanent representative to the Council of Europe (Jan-May 1987).
Member of the Parliamentary Delegation for relations with the European Parliament in 1986.
Returned to Parliament in 1992 and elected Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs and main spokesman of the Opposition on Foreign Affairs.
2nd Vice Chairman of the Malta-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee.
1996-1998 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Environment.
Co Chairman of 2nd. Euro Med Ministerial Conference (Malta 1997)
Substitute member at the Convention for Europe.
Observer Member of the European Parliament prior to accession
Member of the “Euro Med Parliamentary Assembly”. and of the “Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.”
Party representative in the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists.
Opposition Main Spokesperson on Foreign and EU Affairs.
Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and European Affairs.
Married to Miriam nee Grima, they parent three children and seven grandchildren.