Farrugia given another three years at Malta Enterprise at €11,000 a month

The spin doctor of disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat has had his contract extended for another three years as Prime Minister Robert Abela has agreed that Kurt Farrugia should remain at the helm of Malta Enterprise at a salary of €11,000 a month.

His new contract, seen by The Shift following a Freedom of Information request, was signed by Malta Enterprise Chairman William Wait. Farrugia will now continue to head the agency until 2025, at a cost of €130,000 a year, with the possibility of having the contract renewed further by an additional three years.

Farrugia is the highest-paid public employee. While he is being given a basic salary of €105,000 a year, he also has a performance bonus of €21,000 a year and a ‘disturbance allowance’ of another €5,000 because of his “frequent overseas travel”.

His package also includes a fully expensed car, a driver, an international health policy for all his family and other perks, meaning he is paid twice as much as the prime minister and a far cry from his salary of under €50,000 when he was Muscat’s spokesperson.

Farrugia’s contract also includes unique clauses, dubbed by industrial relations experts as “unacceptable” and “highly unconventional”.

Among these is an agreement by Malta Enterprise that even if Farrugia resigns to move to new employment, including to a private entity attracted to the country by Malta Enterprise, taxpayers will still have to pay him a full year’s salary as compensation.

The Shift is informed that Farrugia had to accept “a tweak” to his contract, eliminating a somewhat unique clause that entitled him to an increment of another €5,000 a year over and above his €11,000-a-month salary.

Malta Enterprise distributes tens of millions of euros in state funds as incentives to attract foreign investors to the country. During Farrugia’s first three-year stint at Malta Enterprise, there was no significant new investment brought to Malta.

While the agreements are kept secret, most of those who invest in the island are given very generous incentives.

Since joining Malta Enterprise, Farrugia has made sure he is surrounded by friends.

While giving his former colleague at Labour’s One TV, Anthony David Gatt a promotion by appointing him chief officer, he also put Nigel Vella on the agency’s payroll. Vella was a former Labour Party spokesman and Farrugia’s own deputy when they worked for Muscat.

According to the latest available data, in 2021 Farrugia also approved some €1 million in direct orders, including to companies that regularly support the Labour Party.

                           
                           
                               
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Francis Said
Francis Said
2 months ago

Disgraceful and immoral.

Joseph
Joseph
2 months ago

Jaghtuh kemm irrid biex jalqulu halqu ghax jaf hafna fuq il hmieg ta l’Azerbajgan ghax kien presenti ma Joseph Muscat, Konrad Mizzi u Kieth Schembri.

makjavel
makjavel
2 months ago

This is the only one left around Kastilja from the LNG contract with Azerbaijan visit. Is he part of the 17 Black cake? Of course he will never spill the beans.
Varist Bartolo seems to be having a conscience problems.
Konrad Mizzi saw God , he said , and turned silent.
Will Varist spill the beans ? Turn wistle blower ?
Will he do a public declaration of guilt the next 16th of the month , in the morning infront of the Courts?
Tell us what happened that night you kicked out Muscat out of Kastilja.

Last edited 2 months ago by makjavel
saviour mamo
saviour mamo
2 months ago

€ 11,000 a month because he knows a little bit more.

Rita Camilleri
Rita Camilleri
2 months ago

Wow!!!! They really want him to keep his mouth shut!!!! He knows too much!!

Carmelo Borg
Carmelo Borg
2 months ago

Ghal dawn il gvern GHANDU flus biex IBERBAQ. Flus biex jzid izjed magistrati fil qorti tal familia ma GHANDUX biex b konsegwenza TINQATEL OMM BINT ta ZEWG TITFAL Ma GHANDHUX biex igib izjed NURSES . INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE UKOLL. ghalieh u ghal familtu MELA IS SERVIZZ TAL HEALTH TAHT FEARNE U TAL QAMEL CAPCAP GAHAN MEQ MEQ.

Eddy
Eddy
2 months ago

Omerta money/job.

Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
2 months ago

Is anyone really expecting that this abuse is going to ever stop under this Government?

carlos
2 months ago

Never at least not untill the people go in the streets. All revolutions are caused by corrupt and greedy pigs in government.

carlos
2 months ago

Mafiamalta post il-korrotti u mhux ghal min hu onest. Shame on the most corrupt pm Malta ever had who has made a mess of Malta’s untegrity. Kif ma tisthix kurt tkompli tisraq flus il- haddiem. Partit tal-haddiem inbidel f’muvument korrott kapitalist.

KD Far
KD Far
2 months ago

130,000 for a CEO that manages millions of euros is justifiable. I cannot understand what’s wrong with this salary! Even the perks are standard for this level of management.

Jacob
Jacob
1 month ago

Make your votes count!

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
1 month ago

His presence at the crook’s discussions with the Azeri President, has created a life annuity which he enjoys freedom to dictate.

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