The election of a Maltese woman as a First Vice President of the European Parliament is an attestation to the fact that neither the country’s size nor the political limitations because of it and gender are an issue for those who want to enter into politics.
The newly-elected First Vice President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, said this in an interview with Jes Saliba on Newsbook Q&A.
Dr Metsola said that her election as the second most important person within the European Parliament was a special moment for her but also a special moment for the Maltese and Malta
Role of Women in Politics
Dr Metsola spoke about the fact that her election showed that a woman can achieve goals without artificial pushes and get elected on the basis of merit. She said that if one had to look at the four elections she contested over time, she could see an increase in the number of people who voted for Maltese women who were presenting themselves for election. She said that this achievement was also a European achievement, as referred to by the EP President David Sassoli.
The role of the First Vice President
The EP Vice President said the role means that she will be responsible for the relations with the US, the future relations of the EU with the UK, religious liberties and the signatory of the legislative instruments and laws on behalf of the European Parliament, as a co-legislator in the European process.
European Parliament’s role in the MFF
Dr Metsola also spoke about this week’s approval of the Multi Financial Framewok programme for 2021-2027 which empahsises the importance of the European Parliament as a co-legislator.
Metsola said that it was only after the Lisbon Treaty that the European Parliament had a co-legislator role and approve European legislation. This led to the successful push which meant an increase in the European budget for the forthcoming financal period. Another important factor, which was achieved thanks to the insistence of the European Parliament was the conditionality clause, whereby EU funds could be blocked, when a country takes decisions which go against the EU fundamental principles. She said that this meant that the Parliament had a significant role through which differences could be made and achieved.