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|Leader of the Opposition|
13 May 2013
|Prime Minister||Joseph Muscat|
|Preceded by||Lawrence Gonzi|
|Leader of the Nationalist Party|
8 May 2013
|Preceded by||Lawrence Gonzi|
|Member of the European Parliament|
23 March 2004 – 10 March 2013
|Succeeded by||Roberta Metsola|
20 March 1969 |
|Political party||Nationalist Party|
|Alma mater||University of Malta
University of Sussex
Busuttil graduated as Doctor of Laws (University of Malta, 1993), MA in European Studies (University of Sussex, 1994) and Magister Juris in International Law (University of Malta, 1995). As a student he was President of the Maltese Christian Democrat Students (1989–91), Student Representative on the Senate of the University of Malta (1991–92) and International Secretary of the Maltese National Youth Council (1992).
Busuttil served as an adviser on EU affairs to a number of government Ministries and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta before being appointed Head of the Malta-EU Information Centre (MIC) and member of the Core Negotiating Group (negotiating Malta's membership in the EU) and the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) in 1999.
As an MEP he was a member of the bureau of the European People's Party (EPP) and sat on various committees including the European Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control and its Committee on Budgets. Within the EPP he led the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and covered issues that include the common European immigration and asylum policy.
He was also a substitute for the Committee on Regional Development, a substitute for the temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013, vice-chair of the delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (including Libya), and a member of the delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.
Immediately after the elections, incumbent Leader Lawrence Gonzi announced that he would not be seeking re-election for the role of leader of the Nationalist Party. Four candidates presented themselves for leadership these being Mario De Marco, Raymond Bugeja, Francis Zammit Dimech and Simon Busuttil. On 4 May 2013, Busuttil obtained 50.3% of the votes while Mario De Marco obtained 38.5% and conceded the race, leaving Busuttil de facto leader elect. A further vote was taken on 8 May in order for him to officially receive 2/3 of the votes, the threshold required by the election rules.1 Simon Busuttil was confirmed Leader having attained the two thirds threshold.
- 2003: Member of the National Order of Merit of Malta
- 2004: Winner of The Outstanding Young Person Award of the Junior Chamber (Malta)
- Official website of Simon Busuttil: www.simonbusuttil.eu
- European Parliament biography of Simon Busuttil (incl. Speeches, Questions and Motions)
- Radio Interview with Nathan Morley of CyBC