Roberta Metsola, from Malta, was elected Speaker of the European Parliament (EP) this Tuesday with 458 votes.
The election of the new president, in Strasbourg, took place during the first full session of the year, and it is not related. Death of David Sosoli.
It is the policy of the European People’s Party (EPP) to celebrate its 43rd birthday this Tuesday The youngest ever in the European Chamber, and He showed himself to be a young leader, but with experience, he was able to build bridges between the various groups in the EP and reach a consensus.
Conservative Metzola had already accepted the post domestically with the death of Sassoli’s “deputy” and the then Socialist president. Sasoli died on January 11, just as he was about to be transferred, under a five-year term-sharing agreement.
Agreement between EPP, S&D and Renewal (Liberal) In 2019, the election of Sasoli resulted in the transfer of a member of the EPP in the second half of the decree. But even so, many MEPs from the Socialists and Democrats have expressed concern about some of Metzola’s conservative positions, for example in relation to abortion. Politics. Of concern is that this situation is beyond the general course of Europe because it is not something that has been legislated by the EP.
Metzola, on the other hand, has LGPTI rights and the protection of refugees and immigrants in his curriculum, in which his votes differ from those of his political group (in the remaining 90% of cases, he voted in favor of the PPE). In his post-election speech, he referred to the weak, the “vulnerable, the oppressed” because of the color of their skin.
After two French women, Simone Weil in 1979 and Nicole Fontaine in 1999, Metzola is the third woman to lead the European Parliament.
The former lawyer, who worked in Brussels, says he has become one of the most influential MEPs since he was elected in 2013. Politics.
Metsola declared his stance when elected by the EPP as “building alliances and building bridges with pro-European powers” in the European Parliament. The ultimate goal is to “help people in our member countries trust Europe”.
In his speech, he again took up the theme: “Europe is back, Europe’s future, It lives L’Europa!”
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