Roberta Metsola is the new president of the European Parliament. The 43-year-old Maltese is the third woman to lead the European Parliament, after Simone Veil and Nicole Fontaine, elected after the sudden death of David Sassoli.
The Maltese people’s deputy was elected on Tuesday 18 January, with a large majority of votes. The votes were 690, blank ballots 74, votes cast 616. The majority was 309 votes. Metsola collected 458 votes, the Swedish of the Greens Alice Kuhnke 101, the Spanish of the Left Sira Rego 57.
I will honor David Sassoli as president by always fighting for Europe. I want people to recover a sense of faith and enthusiasm for our project. I believe in a shared space that is fairer, more equitable and supportive ”, said the new president Metsola in the Assembly of the European Parliament. “Disinformation in the pandemic period has fueled isolationism, and nationalism, these are false illusions, Europe is the exact opposite of this,” he added. “David was a fighter for Europe. He believed in the power of Europe. Thanks David ”. “I feel honored by the responsibility you entrust to me. I promise that I will do my best to work for the benefit of all citizens, ”added Metsola, speaking his first words as president in Italian.
Metsola becomes president of the European Parliament on his birthday: Maltese politics, members of the Nationalist Party of the Mediterranean island, was born on January 18, 1979 and goes down in history as the youngest president of the Strasbourg Assembly and the third woman in history of the European Parliament.
Roberta Metsola: who is the new president of the EU Parliament
Lawyer, born in 1979 in St. Julian’s, one of the main towns of Malta, Metsola took her first steps in politics with a militancy in the Maltese Nationalist Party and then trained among the young people of the EPP.
After running for European elections in 2004 and 2009, in 2013 she took over from Simon Busuttil, who resigned after taking on the role of Maltese parliamentarian. In the European elections of 2014 and 2019 she was re-elected, in both cases the most voted of her party.
Married to a Finn, Ukko Metsola today Vice President of the US group of cruises Royal Caribbean Group, Metsola is a mother of four children. In 2021 the parliamentarian had voted against a parliamentary resolution in defense of abortion, sparking protests. Malta is the only EU country to prohibit abortion, with one of the strictest laws in the world: it is also prohibited in cases of incest and rape and prison terms are foreseen, even if it is rarely prosecuted.
Roberta Metsola studied allUniversity of Malta to then attend the College of Europe in Bruges, in Flanders, and as a student she was active in associations, becoming general secretary of the organization of democratic European students, in 2002-2003.
In 2002 it was Vice-President of the Youth Convention on the Future of Europe, and had the opportunity to witness the negotiation and drafting of the European Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty.
Specialized in European law, Roberta Metsola worked for the Permanent Representation of Malta in Brussels from 2004 to 2012, first as attaché for legal cooperation and then as head of the unit dealing with Justice and Home Affairs. In 2009 she is a candidate for the European Championships in Malta, like her husband, who runs in Finland with the Kokoomus, a National Coalition Party, a member of the EPP but neither of them is elected and her husband Ukko leaves politics.
Roberta enters as legal advisor, in the team of the then EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, a role she left in 2013, when she managed to get elected MEP, occupying the seat vacated by the Maltese nationalist politician Simon Busuttil.
She was one of the first Maltese women to become an MEP, being re-elected in 2014 and has been the first Vice-President of Parliament for two and a half years for the European People’s Party. For Malta, the smallest state in the EU, it is the first time that one of its citizens has been at the top of the Chamber.
On 11 January 2022 he takes over as interim President of the European Parliament after the death of David Sassoli. Metsola has almost always voted in line with the indications of his group, supporting the positions of the EPP more than 90% of the time in the current legislature.
The President of the European Parliament is elected for a renewable term of two and a half years, which corresponds to half the term.