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Roberta Metsola

Member, European Parliament

Roberta Metsola was first elected to the European Parliament in 2013, becoming one of Malta's first female Members of the European Parliament. She was re-elected as an MEP on the Partit Nazzjonalista ticket with a record amount of votes for a female candidate in 2014. Professionally she is a lawyer who has specialised in European law and politics.

Ms Metsola served within the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union from 2004 to 2012 as Malta’s Legal and Judicial Cooperation Attaché and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs Unit there. Following that, she joined the team of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, as a legal advisor. She left that role to fill the vacant seat of then Opposition Leader in Malta, Simon Busuttil, as an MEP within the EPP Group.

MEP Metsola is a Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee where she is Coordinator for the EPP Group. She is a Member of the Terrorism Committee and the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the United States. She is also a substitute Member in the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and a Vice-Chair on the Petitions Committee. She was also a member of the Special Committee of Inquiry into the Panama Papers before its mandate came to a close.

In her student years, she was highly active in various organisations, acting as the Secretary-General for the European Democrat Student organisation between 2002-2003. Born in 1979, Roberta Metsola is married to Ukko Metsola and is the mother of four boys. She graduated in law from the University of Malta and the College of Europe in Bruges.