Elderly former ministers receiving thousands in annual package as PM’s ‘special envoys’

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Prime Minister Robert Abela is paying tens of thousands of euro yearly to two former Labour ministers, now in their 70s and 80s, to act as his “special envoys”, even though they have no real specific task.

Former Minister Joe Debono Grech, now 85, retired from politics in 2017 after spending 50 years in parliament, is still employed on a full-time basis and receives €40,000 a year through a position of trust contract with the prime minister.

The contract, provided to The Shift following a Freedom of Information request, shows he also received a fully expensed car, driver, and mobile allowance.

Debono Grech also receives an extra honorarium as a member of the board of the state company Gozo Channel.

Louis Grech, aged 76 and until 2017, disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat’s deputy, is also a consultant to Robert Abela. He takes home around €60,000 a year through a three-year renewable contract.

Grech has also been named a ‘special envoy’, but unlike his colleague Debono Grech, he is not tied to a fixed 40-hour-a-week job.

Instead, Grech’s contract states that he is to perform duties “as requested by the prime minister on a variety of areas including European Affairs.”

Grech’s political vocation came much later in life than Debono Grech’s.

After spending a lifetime in business and as a top executive of the now-beleaguered Air Malta, he contested the MEP elections in 2004 as soon as Malta joined the EU.

Following Muscat’s firing of his then-deputy leader (now Speaker)  Anglu Farrugia, on the eve of the 2013 elections, Grech was made minister as soon as Labour returned to power in 2013.  He retired in 2017.

Apart from their remuneration from the state due to their special envoy positions, both receive two different pensions.

On top of their regular state pension available to all Maltese citizens, Debono Grech and Grech also receive an extra pension reserved exclusively for former cabinet members.

This second privileged pension is uncapped and pegged to the current salary of a government minister, amounting to some €40,000 a year.

Through their three combined government incomes, the two veteran Labour politicians get close to €100,000 annually.

                           

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saviour mamo
saviour mamo
1 month ago

One leg in the grave and he is still pigging out.

cecil h jones
cecil h jones
1 month ago
Reply to  saviour mamo

Heq! Funeral companies raised their prices and blamed it on the cost of living!

Francis Zammit
Francis Zammit
1 month ago
Reply to  cecil h jones

What do they call it, cost of dying?

Martin
Martin
1 month ago

Unbelievable 😡

Carmelo borg
1 month ago

Dan l espert tal vapuri DEBONO GRECH LIMA NAHA IX XAQLEB LEJN IL HALLIEL IL HAZIN?
DAWN IL TNEJN MHUX SE IHOSSU L GHOLI TAL HAJJA MHUX BHAL POPOLIN
CAP CAP GAHAN

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

The swine trough is for all ages!

Judy S
Judy S
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph

Arrogance and greed runs deep

NGT
NGT
1 month ago

I imagine Debono Grech is employed to offer elocution lessons to the PM et al.

Anne R. key
Anne R. key
1 month ago

OINK OINK….!

D M Briffa
D M Briffa
1 month ago

Once a majority of the Maltese electorate is able to recognise that 2 plus 2 does not equal 5 and, therefore, that pigging out at taxpayers’ expense has consequences and cannot continue forever, we will begin to make progress. Until then, the PL can piss all over us in the knowledge they will get re-elected at every general election. Hey, here’s a tax refund cheque! €100!! Aren’t we all doing wonderfully?

Ganni borg
Ganni borg
1 month ago

U il pensjonanti pre 62 tahowm 9.47 euro flok 82 euro li haqqhom!

Leonard Schembri
Leonard Schembri
1 month ago
Reply to  Ganni borg

The €9.47 was only given to all those who had paid (in the distant past) the maximum National Insurance contributions for a maximum of 35 years. The rest got zilg, nada, zero, xejn, ……

Gerald
Gerald
1 month ago

Konsulenza dwar id- dinosawri……

Ray Gatt
Ray Gatt
1 month ago

What is so special about Debono Grech? 85 and still making a pig of himself of our coffers. That’s his speciality!

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