Finance Ministry €19,000 direct order split between husband and wife, avoiding tender

A job writing a report for the EU-funded Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan, necessary as part of Malta’s obligations to Brussels, was divided in two, with half awarded to Stephanie Fabri and the other half to a company co-owned by her husband, Jean-Paul Fabri.

The task was divided into Phase 1 and Phase 2, each with a value of €9,500. They were approved by Finance Minister Clyde Caruana and awarded on 6 June to Stephanie and Seed Business Advisory Ltd, according to data published in the Government Gazette.

According to the Malta Business Registry, Seed Business Advisory was registered in 2021 and is co-owned by Jean-Paul, also known as JP Fabri.

The two direct orders

The Shift asked the Finance Ministry whether the division of the contract between Stephanie and a company co-owned by her husband was a coincidence, but they did not reply.

A source with internal knowledge of JobsPlus told The Shift that the contract was for a regular reporting exercise and that one person usually carries out such work.

According to public procurement rules, contracts exceeding the €10,000 value should be assigned through a competitive tender. By dividing the two, each with a value just under the threshold, the contracts could be awarded by direct order.

The Fabris, who both studied economics, used to form part of former Nationalist Party prime minister Lawrence Gonzi’s private secretariat. As per standard procedures, since they were employed in a position of trust, their contract was not renewed following a change in administration in 2013.

In recent years, Stephanie Fabri was recruited as a full-time lecturer at the University of Malta. She received various appointments from the government, particularly through Finance Minister Clyde Caruana and agencies under his remit.

These include sitting on the boards of the Malta Stock Exchange, the Malta Fiscal Policy Council, and the Environment and Resources Authority.

Stephanie Fabri addressing a recent government press conference

Stephanie Fabri is regularly invited to appear on the state broadcaster PBS to give her opinion on economic developments and various initiatives the Finance Ministry took, including the annual budget.

Her husband’s small consultancy firm also receives direct orders from government agencies such as the Building and Construction Agency and the Ministry for Agriculture.

                           

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carlos
2 months ago

shame on this corrupt government distributing money to lackeys whose greed exceed their principles if ever they had any.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  carlos

Are you saying these economists are incompetent?

Anne R. key
Anne R. key
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

The fact is, that there may be others MORE or equally deserving!

George Mangion Tune
2 months ago

Dear me.
What are you staring at?

These are two sole practitioners who regularly give us their free valued opinions on State TV.
Why are you so annoyed that the couple were each given direct orders?Compare this pittance when our prime minister ‘ legal firm was on a €21,000 monthly retainer at PA before elected as PM.
Neither did anyone flutter their wings when Nuxellina as a teacher of Italian language got a €19,000 phanton job at ITS. This country is so riddled with nepotism and graft that Joe citizen is not bothered.. it was this culture of immunity which led to the assisination six years ago of Daphne .

makjavel
makjavel
2 months ago

Pure cheating the law by those who should follow it.
They are crooks and are all over the government benches.

Silvio Farrugia
Silvio Farrugia
2 months ago

What a country !

james
james
2 months ago

How can a genuine business/individual compete and get these gov jobs?!!!!

Mark Debono
Mark Debono
2 months ago

Look at them flaunting their corruption they don’t give a sh€t who knows it in fact they seem to enjoy the fact?

Mark Bartolo
Mark Bartolo
2 months ago

And GPT did the job…

Josette Portelli
Josette Portelli
2 months ago

The more I read your articles, the more my stomach upturns!! What kind of people are these? Shame on you all!!!

Stephen Forster
Stephen Forster
2 months ago

Oink oink…Blue & Red alike.

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