Dr. Vanni Xuereb is the Head of MEUSAC.
In May 2008 Dr Xuereb was entrusted with the task of spearheading the process for the re-activation of MEUSAC as an instrument for Government to consult with the constituted bodies and with civil society on EU-related issues, disseminate information, and provide support with regard to EU Programmes. Dr. Xuereb is a graduate in Laws from the University of Malta, having submitted his LL.D. thesis in 1988 entitled “The Law Governing the External Relations of the European Communities – A Mediterranean Perspective”. He then pursued post-graduate studies in European Law obtaining a Diploma in Advanced European Legal Studies from the College d’Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1989.
Dr Xuereb’s career has centred on EU affairs. He served as Legal Research Officer at the Permanent Delegation of Malta to the European Communities and as Legal Consultant on EU Law to the then Malta External Trade Corporation, now part of Malta Enterprise. He also practiced as a lawyer, specialising in financial services and EU Law. Between 1999 and 2007, as President of the Commission for the Church in Malta and Europe, Dr. Xuereb was advisor to the bishops of Malta and Gozo on European Affairs and also headed the EU Office within the Maltese Episcopal Conference.
Dr Xuereb is a member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) and of the Experts’ Forum of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). He is also a visiting lecturer in European Studies at the University of Malta and a regular contributor to The Times of Malta.
On May 12, 2015, Dr Xuereb was created Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite of the French Republic in recognition of his role in bringing Malta closer to the European Union.