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Joseph Cuschieri (born February 20, 1968) is a Maltese politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2011 - 2013. Previously he served in the House of Representatives of Malta from 1998 to 2008. In 1994 he was elected and nominated first Deputy Mayor of St Julian's. He was born in a working-class family and joined the Labour Party at a very early age.
|Member of the European Parliament|
6 June 2009 (de facto)
S&D Member - 1 December 2011 (de jure) – 30 June 2014
|Member of Parliament|
Opposition Member 1998 – 2008
|Succeeded by||Joseph Muscat|
|St Julian's Local Council|
Deputy Mayor 1994 – 1996
|Succeeded by||Vincent Aquilina|
|Born||20 February 1968|
|Political party||Labour Party (Malta) (Partit Laburista)|
Joseph Cuschieri was born in Attard. Before becoming a politician, he worked in the textile industry, at the dockyards, journalism and broadcasting, and tourism. He was one of the pioneers who set up Super One Radio (now ONE Radio), where he worked as a journalist and broadcaster. He was also the personal reporter for then Leader of the Malta Labour Party and Prime Minister, Dr Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici.
As a Councillor and Vice MayorEdit
In 1994 he was elected and nominated first Deputy Mayor of St Julian's, after polling the largest number of votes among independent candidates. In the second local council elections in 1996 he was re-elected with the largest numbers of votes among all candidates.
As a Member of ParliamentEdit
Joseph Cuschieri was elected as an MP for three consecutive terms commencing 1998. He garnered a greater share of the vote in 2003 and then in 2008.
From 1998 to 2003 he served, alongside Charles Mangion, as spokesperson for Local Councils. From 2003 to 2008 he served with Karmenu Vella and Evarist Bartolo as spokesperson for tourism, Air Malta, and hotels industry. He was also appointed speaker for the Infrastructure and Capital Projects, together with Charles Buhagiar.
During his ten-year parliamentary career Joseph Cuschieri served on delegations to the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Tunisia, Australia, South Korea, Germany, Palestine, Israel and Jordan, among others.
Altruistic resignation from the House of RepresentativesEdit
On 29 September 2008 Joseph Cuschieri ceded his parliamentary seat to newly elected Labour leader Dr Joseph Muscat, who at that time was not a Maltese member of Parliament. Thus he made it possible for the new Labour Leader to carry out his duties as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament on behalf of the Malta Labour Party.
Joseph Muscat thanked Cuschieri for "his extraordinary and generous decision", and Charles Mangion, former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party for Parliamentary Affairs and acting Opposition Leader Charles Mangion, described Cuschieri as a hard worker and remarkably altruistic, calling his resignation historically and politically important for the country. Joseph Muscat is now the Prime Minister of Malta.
- "Ir-Riżenja ta' Joseph Cuschieri biex nidħol fil-Parlament hija sinjal ta' lealta' assoluta lejn l-ideal tagħna. Juri li l-ideal huwa akbar mill-persuna. Il-Partit Laburista għandu jkun kburi li għandu fi ħdanu persuni bħal Joseph, u jien inħeġġu biex ikompli jimilita' bil-kbir fi ħdanu." [permanent dead link]
- "Dan il-pass huwa meqjus minni bħala wieħed li int ħadt b'imħabba u lealta' lejn il-Partit Laburista. F'ismi u f'isem il-Partit kollu nerġa nirringrazzjak tal-ġest tiegħek fl-interess tal-Partit u tal-Pajjiż, u niżgurak li minn issa, jien se nassigura li l-kompetenza u l-kapaċitajiet li int ksibt tul il-karriera politika tiegħek, ikunu użati u utilizzati fl-interess tal-pajjiż."
Following his resignation from Parliament, Joseph Cuschieri was elected unanimously as a member of the National Executive of the Labour Party, as a sign of gratitude for his altruism.
Joseph Cuschieri as an MEPEdit
Following the entry into force of the Protocol amending Protocol No 36, Joseph Cuschieri was designated as an MEP with effect from 1 December 2011 for the remainder of the 2009-2014 European Parliament parliamentary term.
Cuschieri has contested the 2009 European Parliament Elections and has garnered the 4th largest numbers of first count votes among all candidates.
In the European Parliament Cuschieri served as a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and a substitute member of the Committee on Regional Development. He was also a member on the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula and the Delegation for relations with South Africa.
As of 21 January 2016, Joseph Cuschieri has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Malta to the Hellenic Republic. He presented his Credentials to H.E. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of Greece.
- "Results of Council Elections, by Locality, 1993 - 2008". Maltadata.com. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008.
- Malta Department of Information figures
- "Joseph Cuschieri se jcedi postu fil-Parlament lill-Mexxej Laburista Joseph Muscat (Joseph Cuschiere will cede his Parliamentary post to Labour leader Joseph Muscat)". Maltese Labour Party official website (in Maltese). 20 September 2008. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
- "It's official, Cuschieri to give up his seat for Joseph Muscat". Times of Malta. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
- "Joseph Cuschieri sacrifices parliamentary seat for Leader". Malta Media News. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
- Camilleri, Ivan (13 December 2011). "Cuschieri takes his seat". Times of Malta. Retrieved 20 February 2011.