Karmenu Vella

Karmenu Vella, best-known for his decades-long political career, has been named Non-Executive Director at Gillieru Investments plc.

Mr Vella will be taking over from George Micallef, who resigned from said position with immediate effect. 

Mr Vella is also replacing Mr Micallef on the company’s Audit Committee, which is now made up of himself, Alfred Grech, and Karl Cremona.

Gillieru Investments is the holding and finance company of Gillieru Holdings Limited and Gillieru Operations Limited. The two subsidiary companies own and operate Gillieru Harbour Hotel and Gillieru Restaurant in St Paul’s Bay.

Mr Vella graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta and later obtained a Master of Science degree in Tourism Management from the University of Sheffield.

Mr Vella is a well-known figure in local politics, having served as Minister for Public Works, Minister for Industry, and Minister for Tourism.

He was also appointed European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in 2014, and during which tenure he addressed some of the most pressing environmental issues of recent years and spearheaded changes to improve the wellbeing of both citizens and the planet.

Under his leadership, the European Union (EU) adopted and implemented in full the Circular Economy Action Plan, adopted new rules to reduce single-use plastic products, updated its waste legislation, and also stepped-up action to improve Europe’s air quality.

He was vital in making concrete progress in halting the decline of the EU’s biodiversity.

Mr Micallef also developed a leading international role for the EU in the field of ocean governance, promoted the blue economy through increased investment, as well as worked to improve the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of fisheries around the world.

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