Dr Joseph Muscat
Dr Joseph Muscat was born on the 22nd January 1974.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Public Policy; a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Public Policy and a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of Malta. In 2007, he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol with a thesis on Fordism, multinationals and SMEs in Malta.
Dr Muscat successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. Sitting with the Party of European Socialists, he held the post of Vice-President of the Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. He was a member of a number of delegations for relations with Belarus and with the countries of south-east Europe.
As an MEP he supported a reduction in the tax for satellite television, the right for customers to watch sport events for free, and a number of issues related to environmental protection in Malta. He formed part of a team responsible for a report on the roaming mobile phone bills and sale of banks. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year.
His first premiership was marked for pulling together a national consensus for economic growth, based on a restructured Maltese economy. The directional change resulted in an economic growth of over 6%, the elimination of the public deficit and a decrease in unemployment to historic lows. These were a number of factors that contributed to Malta increasingly becoming an attractive location for foreign direct investment in sectors such as financial services, online gaming, information technology, maritime and aviation hubs and high value-added manufacturing clusters.
In July 2018 Malta officially became the first country worldwide to have a holistic legislative framework regulating blockchain and distributed ledger technologies , and set up world class legislation for the processing of medical cannabis products.
Dr Muscat resigned his office on 13th January 2020 following ten consecutive national, European and local elections wins with record majorities.
Dr Muscat is married to Michelle and they are the parents of twins, Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie.