- John Attard Montalto
John Attard Montalto (b.
7 February 1953in Sliema) is a Maltese politician and Member of the European Parliament.
Attard Montalto studied history and law at the
University of Maltaand he was also student representative on the University Senate. He first contested the general elections in 1987 and was elected. He was re-elected in subsequent elections in 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2003. Between 1996 and 1998, when the Malta Labour Partywas in government, he served as Minister for Industry and Economic Affairs.
After the defeat of
Malta Labour Partyat the polls in 2003 and the resignation of the Party Leader Alfred Sant, Attard Montalto announced his intention to run for the post. The race turned out to be between three contestants, including Sant who was persuaded to run and who, eventually, won the election. Attard Montalto finished last.
In the same year Attard Montalto was appointed an observer to the European Parliament by the
Malta Labour Party. He was elected to the European Parliamentin 2004 (resigning his seat in the Maltese House of Representatives) where he sits with the Party of European Socialistsand was the first Head of Delegation for Labour MEPs from Malta.
Attard Montalto is a member of the
European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. He is also a substitute for the Committee on Transport and Tourism, a substitute for the Subcommittee on Human Rights, a member of the delegation for relations with the Gulf States, including Yemen, and a substitute for the delegation for relations with Australiaand New Zealand.
His tenure as MEP has not been without controversy. He did not attend the plenary session at Strasbourg for the vote on the
Port Services Directive, a proposal which the Malta Labour Partywas against. Malta Labour Party leader Alfred Santsaid Attard Montalto had been on a "personal political mission" to Central America.
In the past, Attard Montalto was also member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1992–1996, 1998–2003, 2003– ).
* 1974: BA (Hons.) History
* 1978: Diploma of Notary Public (Dip. Not. Pub.)
* 1979: Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
Awarded the Malta Literary Award for "The Nobles of Malta".
Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta.
Succeeded his late father as Barone di San Paolino in Sicily.
Member of the [http://www.afthmalta.org/ The Association of Foreign Title Holders in Malta.] .
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