Christian Cardona (born 1972) is a Maltese politician and lawyer. He is a Member of Parliament for the Maltese Labour Party and was elected Deputy Leader for Party Affairs in 2016. He served as Malta's Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business between 2013 and 2020.
|Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business|
11 March 2013 – 15 January 2020
|Prime Minister||Joseph Muscat|
|Succeeded by||Silvio Schembri|
|Deputy Leader of the Labour Party|
|Assumed office |
12 June 2016
|Preceded by||Konrad Mizzi|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
1 November 1996
|Born||1972 (age 47–48)|
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||University of Malta |
International Maritime Organization
Cardona was born in 1972 and graduated as Notary Public and Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta. He furthered his studies in international maritime law at the United Nations' International Maritime Organization where he obtained a first Class master's degree in shipping law. Cardona is the author of the thesis entitled United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – A Maltese Perspective.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1996 and was re-elected in the 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 general elections. In 2008, he contested the post of Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs of the Labour Party. In 2013, he has been elected by the Labour Party's delegates as Deputy Leader for Party Affairs.
During the 2008 – 2013 legislature he served as the Labour Party main Spokesperson for the Industry, Self Employed and Foreign Investment. In previous legislatures he served as the Labour Party Spokesperson for Competition, Communication and IT. Cardona also served as a member in the Malta EU Parliamentary Committee during the negotiation process of Malta’s application to join the European Union as a full member.
Prior to his appointment as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Cardona was a Senior Partner at law firm CV Advocates.
In January 2017, investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia alleged that, while in Germany on official government business, Cardona visited a brothel with his aide Joe Gerada. Both Cardona and Gerada denied the claims and instituted legal action in the form of libel suits, however before the case was decided in court, Carauna Galizia was killed in a car bomb attack.
Cardona suspended himself as a minister in November 2019, in the context of the arrest of Yorgen Fenech and Keith Schembri.. He asked for protection due to an alleged frame-up for the murder of Caruana Galizia. He was later reinstated as minister.
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