Biography Of The Prime Minister Of Maltad
THE MOST HONOURABLE. DR. JOSEPH MUSCAT PhD.
Joseph Muscat was born on the 22nd of January 1974 to a working class family. He received early education at St. Francis School and later at Stella Maris School Balzan, the progressing to secondary school at St. Aloysius College, where he also attended Sixth form. Dr. Muscat later became the first member of his family to progress to tertiary level education when he enrolled for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Malta, specialising in Management and Public Policy. At a post-graduate level Dr. Muscat achieved a Masters Degree from the European Documentation and Research Centre within the University of Malta in European Studies and later a PhD from the University of Bristol.
Prior to his election as leader of the Labour Party, Joseph Muscat was an a Member of the
European Parliament for four years. He became an MEP in the first elections to the European Parliament held in Malta in 2004, achieving the majority of first-preference votes within the labour camp. Within the European Parliament, Joseph Muscat campaigned on a wide range of issues from workers’ rights and taxation to the environment and social issues, among many others. His contribution to the work of the European Parliament also included achievements in areas such as the third anti-money laundering directive, mobile telephony and amendments to the vehicle registration tax.
Dr. Joseph Muscat became leader of the Labour Party in Malta in June 2008 at the age of 34. The Labour Party, led by Joseph Muscat, has developed into a movement of moderates and progressives with the aim of creating a fair society.
Joseph Muscat has been active in politics since 1994. In 2006 he was awarded the prize of Outstanding Young Person of the Year for his contribution to political life. He received his degree and masters from the University of Malta, and a PhD from Bristol University in the UK.
From the opposition benches in the Maltese Parliament, Dr. Muscat secured a referendum on legalising divorce. The referendum was approved, bringing Maltese legislation on divorce inline with the rest of Europe.
Dr. Joseph Muscat is married to Michelle and they are parents of twin 5 year old daughters and his interests include:
Sports, literature and music are amongst Joseph interests. He pursues his own fitness regime regularly and enjoys playing table tennis and football. Additionally he supports the Local National football team, Rabat Ajax and internationally the Italian Serie A club AC Milan.
Favourite Music: Joseph’s favourite music genre is progressive rock, with some of his favourite bands including Genesis, Offspring, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Moby, Marillion.
Favourite authors: Joseph is an avid reader and his favourite authors are Philip Roth, C.J. Sansom, Alexander McCall Smith and Tracy Chevalier.