Prime Minister Joseph Muscat today said he does not know when Sai Mizzi's three‐year €13,000 monthly contract expires, when asked by The Malta Independent whether her contract will be renewed.
The Malta Independent on Sunday reported yesterday that the highly contentious contract of employment between Malta Enterprise and Mrs Mizzi, the wife of Energy and Health Minister Konrad Mizzi, is due to expire on 26 August and is up for renewal at the end of February.
Mrs Mizzi's s contract of employment as Malta Enterprise's Envoy for the People's Republic of China was signed on 26 August 2013 and runs for a period of three years - ie until 26 August 2016.
The contract has been a major source of political controversy, especially since it transpired that the minister's wife enjoys a lucrative salary of close to €13,000 a month when all the perks are added up.
Although that contract is due to expire at the end of August, the contract stipulates that six months before it winds up (26 February 2016), Mrs Mizzi will need to inform Malta Enterprise whether she intends to extend the contract for a further period.
Interestingly, if she does intend extending her tenure as Malta Enterprise's woman in China, her terms and conditions can be renegotiated.
The contract states: "Six months prior to the completion of service under this agreement, the employee shall give notice in writing to Malta Enterprise whether he desires to remain in employment, and Malta Enterprise shall thereupon determine whether it will extend his/her engagement under the agreement for a further period, to be agreed between the parties, under the same terms and conditions or under other terms and conditions which would have been mutually agreed upon between the two parties."