The Malta Independent 26 May 2024, Sunday
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Nobody will replace Fearne in Cabinet as OPM absorbs EU funds portfolio

Monday, 13 May 2024, 14:37 Last update: about 13 days ago

Former Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne will not be replaced in Cabinet, with his portfolio being absorbed within the Office of the Prime Minister.

The announcement was made by the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday afternoon.

Fearne resigned his post – despite Prime Minister Robert Abela’s best efforts to convince him otherwise – as Deputy Prime Minister and EU Funds Minister on Friday after he was charged in connection with the hospitals inquiry.

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His portfolio – which included EU Funds, Equality, Reforms and Social Dialogue – have now been absorbed within the responsibilities of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Dialogue Andy Ellul and Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms Rebecca Buttigieg will retain identical responsibilities, but will now fall within the Office of the Prime Minister.

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