STRASBOURG. Maltese MEP and EPP member Roberta Metsola was elected President of the European Parliament in the first round. The votes in favor of Metsola were 458. The number of voters was 690, the blank ballots were 74, the votes cast were 617.
European Parliament, Roberta Metsola at 43 is the youngest president: the standing ovation of colleagues
“I will collect the legacy of David Sassoli, a fighter for Europe,” he said immediately after the announcement of the appointment. Being the first woman president of Parliament since 1999, she continued, “is important inside and outside our institution, an institution that is committed to more diversity, gender equality, guaranteeing the rights of women and all. the rights that must be reaffirmed “. The new president – who is also celebrating her birthday today – then touched on the theme of the fight against climate change: «Climate change is devastating our continent and the whole world is no longer a problem that concerns another generation. If you believe in science, as this House does, the question is no longer whether to act, but when to do it. The European Green deal and the commitment to become the first zero-emission continent is the right answer “. For the EU – he added – it is also an opportunity to reinvent itself and guarantee growth, prosperity and sustainability while reducing emissions ». The fight against climate change is for the newly elected EU president, «the common destiny because tomorrow is too late».
EU Parliament, Metsola remembers the message of its predecessor Sassoli
On Twitter, Antonio Tajani, national coordinator of Forza Italia and vice president of the European People’s Party, writes his “congratulations” to “a woman, a great friend of Italy, with her qualities is what Europe needs most “. “I am sure – says Tajani – that he will be able to work with determination so that citizens and institutions are even closer”.