Roberta Metsola is the First Vice President of the European Parliament
She was first elected as an MEP for Malta and Gozo in 2013, being re-elected in 2014 and 2019. Roberta is also the Head of the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Delegation within the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament. She is a lawyer by profession, specialising in European law and politics. Born in 1979, Roberta is married to Ukko and is the mother of four boys.
A girl from the Mediterranean
Roberta was born on 18 January 1979. Daughter of Rita and Geoffrey, eldest of three children. She grew up in the seaside town of Gżira in Malta.
Roberta credits the referendum on Malta’s accession to the European Union as the catalyst for her activism. In 2002, Roberta was appointed as Secretary-General for the European Democrat Student organisation, a role she occupied while reading for a Doctor of Laws course at the University of Malta. She graduated in 2003, the same year Malta decided to join the European Union.
I have always stood for the politics of moderation over extremism, for politics based on truth, justice and correctness, of fact-based not identity politics.
Roberta furthered her studies in European Law at the College of Europe in Bruges. This was coupled with a major milestone in her political career – her first electoral campaign. At the age of 25, while still studying, Roberta contested Malta’s first European Parliament elections. She was not elected.