Joseph (Joe) Borg
(born 19 March 1952) is a Maltese politician
and diplomat. Prior to taking up the post of Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta
and led Malta's EU-accession negotiations.
Borg is married to Isabelle and they have two children, Joseph and Clara.
Early Professional Career
Since 1979, Borg held various academic posts at the University of Malta
, mainly focusing on Company Law
, Industrial Law
and European Law
. He also held various posts as legal adviser to companies and corporate bodies in Malta and other countries.
Borg started his political career as advisor to the Foreign Minister on European Union matters from 1989 until 1995. From 1992 until 1995 he also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Maltese Central Bank
. He was elected to Parliament
in 1995 under the Christian Democrat Nationalist Party
(currently in Government). Borg served as Parliamentary Secretary within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1998–1999 and was subsequently appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1999. He held this post until he was nominated Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs in 2004, upon Malta's accession to the EU.
As European Commissioner, he has been responsible for spearheading the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy and for innovative measures in fisheries, particularly through the involvement of stakeholders and the fight against illegal fishing
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