Health & Consumer Voice - December - 2012 Edition
Dr. Tonio Borg has been appointed as the new EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. He left posts as Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Leader of the House of Representatives to join the team of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on 28 November.
Describing health and consumer policy as the “people’s portfolio,” Dr. Borg said his priorities would include new legislation on tobacco products, cloning of animals for food, novel foods, product safety, plant and animal health and access to bank accounts.
Dr. Borg has been a Member of the Maltese Parliament since 1992, and was appointed to his first Ministerial post, responsible for Home Affairs, in 1995. Since then, his various portfolios have included justice, local government, environment, urban planning and state property management. In March 2004, he was elected Deputy Leader of Malta’s Nationalist Party and subsequently appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Borg holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Malta (1979). Between 1980 and 95 he practised as a lawyer specialising in human rights cases. He has also lectured in public law at the University of Malta for over 20 years and served as a member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
Dr. Borg was nominated by the Maltese government following the resignation of John Dalli in October. He is married with three children.