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Malta's Roberta Metsola elected as President of the European Parliament

Written by Eric Apim on Wednesday, January 19th 2022 à 17:30 | Read 484 times

Roberta Metsola est députée du Parlement européen depuis 2013 (photo: Parlement européen)
Roberta Metsola est députée du Parlement européen depuis 2013 (photo: Parlement européen)
EU. Meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg from 17 to 20 January 2022, MEPs elected Roberta Metsola in the first round by an absolute majority of votes (458 votes out of 690). Her opponents, Alice Kuhnke from Sweden and Sira Rego from Spain, received 101 and 57 votes respectively. Sixty-four blank or spoilt votes completed the result.

The European Parliament then proceeded to appoint its Vice-Presidents. Othmar Karas, Pina Picierno, Pedro Silva Pereira, Ewa Kopacz, Eva Kaili, Evelyn Regner, Rainer Wieland, Katarina Barley, Dita Charanzova (first round), Michal Šimecka, Nicola Beer and Roberts Zile (second round), Dimitrios Papadimoulis and Heidi Hautala (third round) were elected. Three rounds were therefore necessary as a minimum of 346 votes were required to become Vice-President.

Roberta Metsola Tedesco Triccas, a Maltese MEP from the Partit nazzjonalista (Nationalist Party) and a member of the EPP (European People's Party - right-wing) group, was the favourite to replace David Sassoli, who had been President of the European Parliament since July 2019 and who died on the night of 10-11 January 2022 a few days before the election. Because of his health problems, the Italian MEP had given up his bid for a new mandate. Since the death of his predecessor, Roberta Metsola had been acting as First Vice-President since 12 October 2020.

A Presidency as a birthday present

Born on 18 January 1979, she is celebrating her forty-third birthday by becoming President of the European Parliament.

The former justice and home affairs attaché at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union (2004 to 2012) and legal adviser at the European External Action Service (2012 to 2013), has been an MEP since April 2013.

In November 2021, the Parliament and the Council of Europe have already agreed on the 2022 budget proposed by the European Commission. Speaking in Strasbourg on Wednesday 19 January 2022 alongside Roberta Metsola, Emmanuel Macron, the French head of state, said that his motto during his six months as President-in-Office of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union would be: "recovery, power, belonging".


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