Michael Falzon (politician)
Michael Falzon (born 16 November 1961 in Sliema, Malta) is a Member of the Maltese Parliament of the Malta Labour Party (PL). He stood as a candidate for the second (Vittoriosa, Senglea, Cospicua, Żabbar, Kalkara and Xgħajra) and tenth electoral (Gżira, Pembroke, Sliema and St. Julian's) divisions of Malta for the PL. He was elected from both districts.
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
9 March 2008
|Constituency||9th and 10th electoral divisions (2013)|
|Deputy Leader of the Labour Party|
2003 – 13 June 2008
|Preceded by||Joseph Brincat|
|Succeeded by||Toni Abela|
|Born||16 November 1961|
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Spouse(s)||Anna née Lia|
Falzon is the son of Mosè Falzon, and Carmela Falzon, née Said, from Gozo. Mosè owned a grocery store just down the road from the family home in Amery Street, Sliema, where Falzon would stay with him sometimes.
He is married to Anna née Lia and they have two children: Martina and Nathaniel.
Education and work
Falzon was educated at St Albert the Great College in Sliema and Valletta. He then proceeded to do his sixth form studies and joined the Bank of Valletta in 1979 as a clerk. In 1985 the Bank sponsored Michael to start reading law at the University of Malta from where he graduated as a notary in 1989 and as a lawyer in 1991. Falzon also continued with his banking studies obtaining also the International qualification as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, ACIB.
Falzon is employed at the Bank of Valletta as an Executive Head within the Bank's Legal Office.
- 1991: Doctor of Laws, University of Malta
- Associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK)
- Responsibilities within the Malta Labour Party:
- Member of the Maltese Parliament (2008– )
- Deputy Leader Party Affairs (2003–2008)
- International Secretary (1998–2003)
- Election Manager (1993–2003)
Falzon was a general election candidate during the March 2008 general election where he gained 3,047 first preference votes in the Second District and 2,853 on the Tenth District. He was also Deputy Leader for Party Affairs from May 2003 to June 2008.
Before this, however, Falzon had served as the Election Manager of the Malta Labour Party's Electoral Office since 1992. There he had gathered around him and led a team of dedicated persons who ensured that Labour was both professionally organised and better than the Nationalist Party in ensuring, that the electoral process during election time is fair, transparent and smooth. This professionalism has earned Michael Falzon the respect of everyone nationwide, not only within the Labour camp, but also from the Nationalist Party and the Electoral Commission.
Falzon also served as the Labour Party's International Secretary between 1998 and 2003. In this capacity he improved Labour's contacts with sister parties in Europe and the Mediterranean Region. Dr Falzon's international work culminated in meetings with world leaders such as the UK's Tony Blair, Italy's Massimo D' Alema, Martin Schulz, the President of the Party of European Socialists within the European Parliament and Australian Labor Leader and eventually Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.
Further to the Labour Party win in 2013, Falzon was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes. He resigned from his post on 20 January 2016 after a corruption scandal, known as the Gaffarena scandal, involving the Lands Department which fell under his remit. Falzon was forced to resign after a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) concluded there was collusion between government officials in the Lands Department and Gaffarena. After the snap election held in 2017, he was appointed as Minister for Family, Children's Rights and Social Solidarity. On 27 March 2018, the Civil Courts in Malta rescinded the part-exchange deal and revoked all transfers made in two expropriation contracts relating to the Gaffarena scandal.
Apart from still enjoying reading Michael Falzon is a great enthusiast of the traditional aspects of the Maltese festa, in fact he is also the very active President of his local band club, Stella Maris in Sliema. He also takes a keen interest in anything which is connected to the Maltese identity.
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- "AD: Michael Falzon's resignation was correct but came six months too late - TVM News". Tvm.com.mt. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Gaffarena expropriation deals struck down by courts". Timesofmalta.com. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Controversial Gaffarena land deals all rescinded by law courts". Maltatoday.com.mt. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Updated (4): Gaffarena land deals rescinded by law courts - The Malta Independent". Independent.com.mt. Retrieved 9 June 2018.