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EU Parliament President: Roberta Metsola

On her birthday, Roberta Metsola, a 43-year-old Maltese politician, was elected President of the European Parliament on January 18, 2022, following the death of her predecessor David Sassoli.

 Metsola, a member of the centre-right EPP group, was among four female candidates who vied for the position, alongside Spain’s Sira Rego, Sweden’s Alice Bah Kuhnke and  Poland’s Kosma Zlotowski.

Youngest President

Metsola is the youngest ever President, the first Maltese person to hold the office, and the first female President since 2002. She is the third woman elected as President of the European Union Parliament, following in the footsteps of her French predecessors Simone Veil and Nicole Fontaine. 

Academic background

A lawyer by training, Metsola studied at St Joseph School in Sliema, St Aloysius’ College sixth form. She graduated in law from the University of Malta in 2003and obtained a diploma in European studies from the College of Europe in Bruges in 2004.

Inspiration

Her country’s campaign to join the continental bloc in 2004 has reportedly ignited her political activism, though she has been generally engaged since her student days. 

Qualities

Metsola portrays herself as someone inspired by strong women and wants to inspire others. A mother of four, Metsola wants to be seen as someone who can juggle family and work.

Challenges

In an article, the New York Times has reported that Metsola has the daunting task of leading what the paper termed as the “most fragmented chamber in decades, as it tackles issues such as curbing carbon emissions, upholding the rule of law and setting out rules for major technology companies.’ 

EU’s Gender Equality

The European Parliament is the legislative body of the 27-member continental body that represents the 450 million citizens in the bloc. In 2010 the EU adopted its first Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Development (2010-2015), ensuring a more vital leading role of the EU in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in development.