Dr George Vella, born on 24 April 1942 at Zejtun, graduated
in medicine at the University of Malta in 1964. In 1977, he was awarded a
Certificate in General Aviation Medicine (Famborough, UK).
Vella started his parliamentary career within the Labour Party in 1978. He was
subsequently elected Member of Parliament at the general elections held in
1981, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, when he was re-appointed as
Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
1978 to 1987, Dr Vella served as Leader of the Malta Delegation to the
Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Between January and May 1987, he was
appointed as Malta's Permanent Representative at the Council of Europe. In 1992,
he was elected as the Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs and spokesperson
of the Opposition on Foreign Affairs. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Malta/EU
Joint Parliamentary Committee.
1995 and 1996, Vella was a member of the House Business Committee and the Foreign
Affairs Parliamentary Committee. During his political career, he led many
delegations abroad and attended numerous conferences and seminars, delivering
speeches, mostly on foreign affairs issues, in most European capitals.
Vella was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and
Environment in October 1996, a position which he kept up to the 1998 general elections.
Dr Vella has been awarded the
Grand Commander of the Order of Honour by the Hellenic Republic and the Grand
Cross pro Merito Melitensis by the Sovereign Military Hospitallier Order of St
John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.
Dr Vella is married to Miriam née Grima;
the couple has two daughters and a son, as well as seven grandchildren.