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Roberta Metsola One Step Closer To EP Presidency As She’s Named EPP Candidate For The Role

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Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola is one step closer to becoming the next President of the European Parliament after she was confirmed as the EPP’s candidate for the role. 

“I am honoured to have been given a strong mandate by the EPP Group to be its candidate for President of the European Parliament,” said Metsola reacting to the vote. 

“The second half of this legislature will be critical for Europe. I will work hard to keep building bridges in this House as we work together in pushing forward important legislative files and bringing decision-making closer to people in every Member State,” Metsola continued.

“We have chosen Roberta Metsola among three dream team candidates for the next European Parliament President,” Eva Maydell said in a tweet, congratulating Metsola.

 

Metsola received a majority of 64,4 percent of the votes of her fellow EPP Group MEPs.

The decision on which candidate will represent the EPP was taken during a private meeting with MEPs.

Metsola announced her decision to throw her hat in the ring for the EPP nomination earlier this month, going up against Austrian MEP Othmar Karas, 63, and Dutch MEP Esther de Lange, 46.

She will now need to convince a majority of the parliament’s MEP to vote for her on January 17th.

Last week Nationalist MEP David Casa announced that he would be stepping down as the quaestor in order to give Metsola the best chance at succeeding.

The EP’s rules prevent individuals from the same political grouping and member state from both occupying a role within its Bureau, which as quaestor Casa did.

While Metsola is considered to stand a good chance of winning the January election, it is still likely to be an uphill battle.

Yesterday, Socialists and Democrats (S&D) president Iratxe Gaarcia Perez warned that the group – the parliament’s second-largest grouping after the EPP – was in no mood to give up the presidency without any concessions.

“No group is entitled to the presidency of the parliament as such. We don’t have to yield the presidency, because it does not belong to any political party – rather, it’s a decision taken by the parliament as a whole, and that’s the basis on which we will operate. Clearly, we’ll be demanding political balance.”

It is unclear whether the current president, the S&D’s David Sassoli, however, was reported to have told fellow socialist MEPs yesterday that he did not want to hand his job over to a member of the EPP, despite a deal in place for that to happen.

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Yannick joined Lovin Malta in March 2021 having started out in journalism in 2016. He is passionate about politics and the way our society is governed, and anything to do with numbers and graphs. He likes dogs more than he does people.

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