European People's Party (EPP), Malta
Roberta Metsola was first elected to the European Parliament in 2013 and was one of Malta’s first female MEPs. She has been in charge of one of Parliament’s most important dossiers, serving as co-rapporteur on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration.
A leader in the field of justice and home affairs, she is the EPP group’s Coordinator within the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE). Her term has been characterised by her commitment to reaching across the political divide to establish a common European way forward on sensitive issues such as migration, security, the rule of law, data protection, fundamental rights and border management.
Proudly Maltese and passionately European, Metsola has been one of the leading voices calling for strengthened European mechanisms to protect the rule of law in Member States. Following the assassination of anti-corruption journalist, and mother of three, Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, she has led efforts for justice, truth and accountability and has been a clear and consistent voice on the need to fight corruption. She led efforts for EU legislation to protect journalists and to help media houses fight SLAPP lawsuits. In 2019, she joined forces with a Green MEP to establish the European Parliament’s Anti-Corruption Inter-Group, where she serves as co-Chair.
She served as the Parliament’s rapporteur on the new European Border and Coast Guard legislation in 2019 and led successful cross-party, inter-institutional negotiations to ensure the passing of the law. Metsola has been vocal in her calls for stronger measures to fight against domestic violence, arguing that Member States need to improve their systems to help protect victims.