Min­istry con­firms Min­is­ter Dalli’s son’s em­ploy­ment, dodges ques­tions re­gard­ing call for ap­pli­ca­tion for po­si­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The Min­istry for Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­ness con­firmed to The Malta In­de­pen­dent that Jean Marc Dalli, Min­is­ter He­lena Dalli’s son, has been “em­ployed to as­sist the Min­is­te­rial Pri­vate Sec­re­tariat on prepa­ra­tions and other work in re­la­tion to the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the Euro­pean Coun­cil since Novem­ber 2016”.

A spokesper­son for the Min­istry went on to say that as can be ex­pected “this work has now in­ten­si­fied and will con­tinue to do so as the Pres­i­dency pro­gresses in the next six months”.

How­ever the min­istry did not spec­ify if this is only a six-month job.

How­ever, the Min­istry did not an­swer ques­tions per­tain­ing to whether or not there had been an open call for ap­pli­ca­tion for the po­si­tion Min­is­ter Dalli’s son now oc­cu­pies within Min­is­ter Chris Car­dona’s min­istry.

“Em­ploy­ees mak­ing up the Pri­vate Sec­re­tariat or as­sist­ing di­rectly the Pri­vate Sec­re­tariat have to, not only be ca­pa­ble and com­pe­tent in the role they oc­cupy, but also be per­sons of trust, re­flec­tive of the po­si­tion they hold,” a min­istry spokesper­son said when asked ques­tions re­gard­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, Mr Dalli’s tax-funded salary, and any po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est.

Jean-Marc Dalli, who is the Min­is­ter’s youngest son, fol­lows his brother Luke Dalli, who was ap­pointed as the le­gal of­fi­cer at the Malta Arts Coun­cil, and earns be­tween €20,619 and €23,540 per an­num (sub­ject to any ad­just­ments).

Luke Dalli’s girl­friend, Rachel De­bono, has also found her­self on the state pay­roll as a ‘per­son of trust’ in Min­is­ter Dalli’s sec­re­tariat.

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