Govt announces major reshuffle
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, today announced a ministerial reshuffle
The GSLP/Liberal Government was first elected in December 2011. There was a Cabinet reshuffle on 9 December 2014 on the third anniversary date of that election.
Following last general election of 26 November 2015, there were a number of changes made to some ministerial portfolios affecting mainly the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister.
It was made clear at that time that a more extensive reshuffle would follow in 2016.
This is therefore the second Cabinet reshuffle since December 2011 and the first major one since the general election of 26 November 2015.
The new portfolios are as follows:
The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo
The Chief Minister retains responsibility for the economy and finance, immigration, international treaties, elections, industrial relations, civil service and customs.
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia
The Deputy Chief Minister becomes the Minister for Brexit as well as Europe, given the ever increasing volume of work in this area.
Dr John Cortes, the Minister for the Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Education,
Dr John Cortes takes on responsibility for Education, Heritage, Urban Renewal and the maintenance, administration and operation of tourist sites and beaches.
Gilbert Licudi. the Minister for Tourism, Employment, Commercial Aviation and the Port
Gilbert Licudi takes on responsibility for Tourism, Commercial Aviation, the Port, Maritime Services and Employment.
Albert Isola, the Minister for Commerce
Albert Isola takes on responsibility for Business and Commercial Affairs, IT, e-Government, e-Commerce and Postal Services.
Neil Costa, the Minister for Health, Care and Justice
Neil Costa takes on responsibility for the Gibraltar Health Authority, Elderly Residential Services, Social Services, The Disabled and Justice.
Samantha Sacramento, the Minister for Housing and Equality
Samantha Sacramento takes on responsibility for Civic Rights, Citizen’s Advice, Ombudsman, Consumer Affairs, Data Protection and Health and Safety.
Steven Linares, the Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Sport
Steven Linares takes on responsibility for Broadcasting and the Media.
Paul Balban, the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
Paul Balban retains responsibility for Town Planning, Technical Services and Traffic.
Joe Bossano, the Minister for Economic Development, Telecommunications and the Gibraltar Savings Bank
Joe Bossano takes on responsibility for Public Sector Efficiency and Procurement.