John Dalli
John Dalli

John Dalli (born 5 October 1948) is a former Maltese politician who served as Cupboard Minister in varied Maltese governments between 1987 and 2010. He was European Commissioner for Well being and Shopper Coverage between 2010 and 2012.

Maltese politics[edit]

Dalli was first elected to the Home of Representatives of Malta in 1987 on behalf of the Nationalist Get together, and since then, he has been re-elected in 5 successive elections: in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, and 2008. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Trade (1987–1990), Minister of Financial Affairs (1990–92), Minister of Finance (1992–1996, 1998–2004),[1] and Minister of International Affairs and Funding Promotion (2004).[2] Throughout his tenure on the Ministry of Finance (the longest in Maltese political historical past), Dalli is finest remembered for his modernization of the taxation system via the introduction of VAT in 1994 and once more in 1998.[3]

He’s credited with the creation of the monetary companies centre.[4]

In February 2004, Dalli contested the election for the management of the Nationalist Get together however misplaced to Lawrence Gonzi, who was appointed prime minister. Within the new cupboard, Dalli was appointed Minister of International Affairs and Funding Promotion. Nonetheless, he resigned after serving for 3 months from April to July 2004 following allegations of corruption within the awarding of contracts for medical gear and airline ticketing.[5]

All allegations in opposition to him had been confirmed false, by the auditor basic and by the police.[citation needed]

Dalli remained a backbench MP and was outspoken about what was occurring inside the occasion.[6] In 2007 the Prime Minister appointed Dalli as a private guide.[7]

Dalli was re-elected to the Home of Representatives within the March 2008 basic election and returned to the cupboard as Minister for Social Coverage. His portfolio included well being, the aged, employment and coaching, housing, and industrial relations. Joe Cassar and Mario Galea had been appointed Parliamentary Secretaries for Well being and for the Aged and Group Care respectively to help him.[8]

On this ministry, Dalli began a reform of the well being sector which was interrupted when he resigned as minister and as Member of Parliament on 10 February 2010 on his appointment as European Commissioner.[9]

European Commissioner[edit]

Dalli was appointed to the European Fee on 9 February 2010 as Commissioner for Well being and Shopper Coverage. On 15 October 2012, the European Anti-fraud Workplace (OLAF) delivered its report back to the Fee President on accusations an affiliate of Dalli had requested for €60 million from Swedish Match, the principle producer of Swedish snus, in return for Dalli’s assist in altering European tobacco rules.[10] On 16 October 2012, Dalli was compelled to resign by Fee President José Manuel Barroso.[10] Dalli has maintained that he didn’t resign, however in an interview given on the morning of 17 October, 2012 with New Europe confirmed Barroso requested him for his resignation, and alleged that the Tobacco foyer was concerned within the case.[11]

Dalli has subsequently denied any data of the alleged bribery.[12]

The OLAF report[clarification needed] claimed that the decision-making strategy of the fee companies was not jeopardized, that no cash modified fingers, and that Dalli was not concerned within the execution of this motion. Nonetheless, they put ahead the conclusion that he knew what was occurring. This was said within the assertion issued by the Fee to announce Dalli’s dismissal.[13]

Dalli had insisted from the outset that the report by OLAF needs to be revealed, however the fee at all times refused.[citation needed] Lastly, this report was leaked by Malta At this time on 28 April 2013.[citation needed] Upon its publication, there was a refrain of criticism of this report, which was described by some as amateurish and biased.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

On 24 December 2012, Dalli instituted a case within the European Court docket of Justice in opposition to the Fee to annul the choice by Barroso to pressure his resignation (Case T-562/12).[20] On 7 and eight July 2014, the ECJ held a public session to listen to witnesses within the case, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the Fee, was known as as a witness within the proceedings.[21] On 12 Could 2015, the motion was dismissed, and Dalli was ordered to pay the prices.[22]

Dalli additionally instituted a case within the Belgian Legal Court docket in opposition to Swedish Match for defamation on 13 December 2012.[23] In December 2014, Dalli prolonged the case to incorporate OLAF as he insists that OLAF abused its powers within the investigation.[citation needed] This case appears to be stalled because the police officer on the case has been modified by the Belgian Authorities.[citation needed]

The OLAF introduced on 26 September 2013, that it had begun a brand new investigation into Dalli.[24]

Again in Malta[edit]

Peter Paul Zammit, the police commissioner, appointed on 13 April 2013, reinvestigated the case[which?] and Dalli was known as once more to be interviewed on 21 Could 2013. On 8 June 2013, Zammit said that there was no proof to arraign Dalli, however that the investigations had been persevering with.[25][26][27] This place was reiterated by Zammit on 27 September 2013.[28]

In the summertime of 2016, Giovanni Kessler’s European Anti-fraud Workplace (OLAF) delivered a report on Dalli to Maltese authorities.[29] Former Malta Police Chief John Rizzo has stated there was sufficient proof in opposition to Dalli, and he can’t clarify why felony costs weren’t introduced.[29] In Could 2017, the Maltese police stated investigations into Dalli had been ongoing.[29]

The New York Occasions has reported that Dalli defrauded traders in South Carolina out of at the least $1.5 million.[29]

Supervisory Committee Opinion 2/2012[edit]

On 4 July 2014, the Supervisory Committee set as much as supervise the actions of OLAF throughout its investigations revealed its report on the case involving Dalli.[citation needed] They despatched the report back to Company Europe Observatory in reply to a request that the latter NGO had made months earlier than.[citation needed] CEO instantly revealed the report on its web site.[30] This report was despatched to the Director Common OLAF in December 2012.[citation needed] Nonetheless, OLAF had been refusing to publish this report.[citation needed] After harsh insistence, the European Parliament was solely given a censored copy of the report.[citation needed] Even after its publication, the Director Common OLAF refused to publish the doc on OLAF’s web site, as is the same old observe.[citation needed]

The report may be learn on It may be seen that it’s extremely vital of the best way that OLAF performed this investigation and of the best way that Kessler performed himself.[citation needed]

Within the ECJ listening to referred to above, Dalli’s attorneys claimed that this opinion exhibits that Dalli’s human rights had been breached by OLAF and requested for the doc to be included within the proceedings.[citation needed] The Court docket accepted this request over the protests of the attorneys of the Fee.[citation needed]

Kessler refuses to offer proof[edit]

Within the case that the Maltese Native authorities instituted in opposition to Mr. Silvio Zammit, the prosecution has known as Kessler on completely different events to offer proof.[citation needed] Kessler has not offered himself to offer witness.[citation needed]

The identical applies to staff of Swedish Match and ESTOC who’re refusing calls by the Maltese courts to offer proof within the case.[citation needed]

Secret Paperwork from Philip Morris[edit]

On 7 October 2014, France 2, a French public tv station, aired a two-hour report entitled “Tobacco Trade, the Grand Manipulation”.[31] On this report, the journalists uncovered paperwork they acquired from Philip Morris exhibiting that the tobacco foyer had deliberate a method to focus on Dalli, the European commissioner who was steadfast in his drive to have a harsh tobacco merchandise directive.[32]



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Preceded by

Joe Borg
Maltese European Commissioner
Succeeded by

Tonio Borg
Preceded by

Androulla Vassiliou

as European Commissioner for Well being

European Commissioner for Well being and Shopper Coverage
Succeeded by

Maroš Šefčovič
Preceded by

Meglena Kuneva

as European Commissioner for Shopper Safety

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