Labour MEP Miriam Dalli has been appointed vice-president of the Socialists & Democrats political group in the European Parliament, making her the first Maltese person to occupy this position.
Dalli, along with eight other MEPs, were voted in by their S&D colleagues today, a day after Spain’s Iratxe Garcia was chosen as group leader.
“I will strive to work on the successes we have already achieved together and to turn our challenges into opportunities,” Dalli said. “I want to give a strong push to the green economy, attract new types of investment, sustain new economies, safeguard and incentivise our workers and prepare our students for the careers of the future. I have promised to work on these aspects and I’m committed to seeing them through.”
Dalli was re-elected to the European Parliament last month with a mammoth 63,000 votes, more than any other candidate in the MEP election. She has been touted as a potential successor to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who has pledged to step down by the next general election.