A former Italian minister who is set to become a French MEP learned roughly €38,000 per year for his consultancy work with Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Sandro Gozi landed himself in hot water last October after it was revealed by Le Monde and The Times of Malta that he held a consultancy role with both the French and Maltese Prime Ministers.
Gozi was eventually made to resign, given that he failed to inform the French government of his dual role when he was hired on 30th July 2019. He was first handed a three-year contract on a person on trust with the Maltese government a year prior.
No official announcement about his consultancy position was ever made.
Now, a parliamentary question from PN MP Jason Azzopardi forced Muscat to reveal that Gozi was on salary grade 3, which currently stands at €38,660.
Gozi is set to take up a spot in the European Parliament and leave his Maltese consultancy after Brexit is implemented. He is set to form part of the Renew party, the new liberal movement in the European Parliament.
Gozi, who served as Italy’s European Affairs under-secretary, provided Muscat with advice on all European Union institutions and priorities. It has been rumoured that Gozi was hired to build up Muscat’s profile in the EU, after missing out on a post following the last European elections.
As revealed by Le Monde and The Times of Malta, a letter sent to Muscat on 29th May shows Gozi will still pocket a further €38,000 from his termination, despite not working at all for the Prime Minister.
“I would accept 12 months wages as the termination package as per clause 14 of the agreement.”
“In order to not leave any loose ends and since I will not take up my seat in the EP until Brexit, I propose we consider our agreement terminated as of today but I will continue to provide you with advice until July 30, to ensure a neat closure of my contract”, Gozi said in the letter unveiled by Le Monde and The Times of Malta, dated May 29.
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