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The Minister

A social-democrat by conviction, Owen Bonnici believes in the need of implementing a progressive agenda, using a moderate approach, with the aim of bettering the standard of living of each and every Maltese and Gozitan citizen within a Euro-Mediterranean dimension.
Dr Bonnici was first elected to Parliament in 2008 from the third electoral district, which is made up of the residents of the towns of Fgura, Marsascala and Zejtun. After serving as Opposition Spokesperson for Youth and Culture and subsequently for Higher Education, University, Research and Culture, he was elected in the 2013 general election. In March 2013, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat appointed him Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Justice within the Office of the Prime Minister.  In March 2014 he was appointed Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government. 
Prior to his election to Parliament he served on the Local Council of Marsascala for five years, first as a Councillor and then as Deputy Mayor, and as an elected member of the Labour Executive Council (2004-2008). He also participated in a number of conferences and seminars on a European Union level, particularly on the issues of Culture and the Environment, and was elected, at the age of 23, by the Labour Party General Conference to contest the very first Euro-Parliamentary elections upon Malta's membership into the European Union.
Dr Bonnici is an Advocate by profession. He furthered his studies by obtaining a diploma in Canonical Jurisprudence (2005) from the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Tribunal.
He is also a Teaching Associate within the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta.
Dr Bonnici holds a special interest in literature and the arts, music and sports. He has himself written and published literary material in the Maltese language as well various current affairs articles in the local media. Dr Bonnici is father to a lovely daughter, Ema.
Contact Information

Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government
St Lucy Street,
Valletta, Malta