I am a 38-year-old mother of four boys – Luca, Alec, Marc and Kristian – and married to Ukko Metsola. I have been one of Malta’s elected Members of the European Parliament (MEP) since April 2013.
I am a lawyer and have specialised in European Law and Politics. I have served as Malta’s Legal and Judicial Cooperation Attaché within the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union from 2004 to 2012 before moving to become legal advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and eventually replacing Simon Busuttil as one of Malta’s six Members of the European Parliament.
I have been constantly active within the PN and ran as a candidate with the Party for the MEP elections in 2004 and again in 2009. I faced my fair share of hurdles and despite not being elected immediately, seeing thousands of people put their faith in me was an overwhelming experience that weighed heavily on my decision to accept to replace Simon when he took up his seat in Malta’s national parliament. Within the PN, before I became an MEP I have served within the PN’s international secretariat; actively campaigned for a ‘YES’ vote in the 2003 EU membership referendum; volunteering with the PN’s election arm, ELCOM.
In my student years, I formed part of SDM (Studenti Demokristjani Maltin), KNZ (The National Youth Counci) and MZPN (Moviment Zgħazagħ Partit Nazzjonalista), before being elected as Secretary General of the European Democrat Students (EDS – the student branch of the EPP), as well as to posts within the European Youth Forum (YJF). In 2002, I was elected vice-president of the Youth Convention on the Future of Europe which paved the way to me being closely involved in the negotiation and drafting of the Constitutional Treaty and, later, the Lisbon Treaty – two experiences that helped shape my view on European politics and understand just how important the role of the European Parliament can be.
My time in the European Parliament will be about working non-stop to ensure that I am your voice within the EU and making sure Malta gets the very best out of the EU and to keep our credibility and relevance by also giving the very best back to the EU.
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