Fenech Adami was elected President of the Republic on 4th
Fenech Adami was born in 1934, the son of a customs officer.
He was educated at the Jesuits College and the University of
Malta, where he first studied economics and the classics and
later law. He was called to the bar in 1959.
Fenech Adami joined the Christian Democratic Nationalist Party
(PN) in the early 1960s, establishing a reputation as a
reserved but determined and capable constituency official. He
entered parliament in 1969 and in 1977, less than ten years
later, after having served in a number of senior party posts,
including president of the Administrative and General
Councils, he was elected party leader, succeeding Dr. Giorgio
Since 1969, he has been
returned to Parliament at every General Election and as Leader
of his Party won five popular elections, 1981, 1987, 1992,
1998 and 2003. In 1981, although the Nationalist Party
obtained an absolute majority of votes, it did not succeed to
win a majority of seats in Parliament, and therefore remained
in Opposition. Constitutional changes were then made to
guarantee that the party winning an absolute majority of votes
would have a parliamentary majority as happened in 1987.
1987 and 1996, President Eddie Fenech Adami, as Prime
Minister, ushered in a major period of change for Malta. The
country's physical infrastructure was completely overhauled as
were the legal and business structures. Trade was liberalized,
whilst telecommunications, banking and financial services were
deregulated and/or privatised. Malta also began a period of
integration with the European Union when its application was
presented on the 16th July 1990.
Between 1996 and 1998 Dr. Fenech Adami served as Leader of the
Opposition until his Party was returned to Government in
September 1998. Dr Fenech Adami served a further five
years as Prime Minister and Leader of his Party. Malta's EU
application, which was put on hold by the previous Labour
government, was reactivated. Negotiations on EU membership
were concluded by December 2002. In April 2003 Dr Edward
Fenech Adami was again confirmed as Prime Minister, following
another electoral victory.
few days later, on the 16th April, 2003, Dr Fenech
Adami signed Malta's Accession Treaty with the European Union,
together with nine other Heads of Government of countries set
to become EU members on the 1st of May 2004.
Prime Minister Dr Eddie Fenech Adami, attended various EU
Summits and also represented Malta at various Commonwealth
Meetings. As Leader of his Party he attended various summits
of the European Peoples Party. In December 2003,Dr
Fenech Adami received the European of the Year 2003 Award from
the influential Brussels-based newspaper European Voice in
recognition of his unfaltering efforts to bring Malta into the
the 7th February 2004, upon reaching his 70th
birthday, Dr Fenech Adami tendered his resignation as
Nationalist Party Leader. On the 23rd March
2004, Dr Edward Fenech Adami resigned his premiership as well
as his parliamentary seat.
Edward Fenech Adami is married to Mary nee Sciberras and they
have five children, John, Beppe, Michael, Maria and Luigi.