This morning, President George Vella met with the President of the European Parliament Ms Roberta Metsola who is in Malta on her first official visit since taking office.
While, once again, wishing Ms Metsola well for her work in this important post, President Vella spoke about the great responsibilities this role entails. This is because the European Parliament is a fundamental pillar of democracy that conveys the voice of the citizens directly to the institutions of the European Union.
The President explained the need for greater awareness among European citizens about the work that the Members of the European Parliament do and how this directly affects their daily lives.
President Vella and Ms Metsola discussed several challenges that are currently on the European Union’s agenda, such as post-Covid recovery, the Conference on the Future of Europe, immigration, climate change, as well as political developments in the EU’s Southern and Eastern Neighbourhoods.
For her part, Ms Metsola expressed her appreciation for the support she received from President Vella, on behalf of all the people of Malta and Gozo. She also explained how the pandemic had a major impact on the operations of the European Parliament and gave an overview of the current priorities on the Parliament’s agenda, which include immigration, the environment, and the digital sector.
After the meeting, President Vella described the talks as very interesting and that gave a clear explanation of the vision and goals with which Ms Metsola is carrying out her duties and functions. He also stated that this is a clear example of how Maltese people, especially when united, can overcome challenges related to the geography and size of our country and succeed in the highest international positions.