Roberta Metsola was first elected to the European Parliament in 2013, becoming one of Malta's first female Members of the European Parliament. She was re-elected in 2014 and then again in 2019.
In 2020 she was elected as the First Vice President of the European Parliament, becoming the first Maltese national to hold the post. Professionally she is a lawyer who has specialised in European law and politics.
Prior to her election as a MEP, Vice-President Metsola served within the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union and later as the legal advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. In her student years, she was active in various organisations, acting as the Secretary-General for the European Democrat Student organisation between 2002-2003.
Within the European Parliament, VP Metsola was the EPP Group's Coordinator in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, between January 2017 and 2020. Vice-President Metsola was the Parliament's rapporteur on the European Border and Coastguard Regulation in 2019.
VP Metsola is the Head of the Partit Nazzjonalista delegation within the EPP Group. She is currently a Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and of the Delegation for Relations with the United States. VP Metsola is a Substitute Member on the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food safety, the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age and the Delegation for Relations with Japan.
Born in 1979, Roberta Metsola is married to Ukko Metsola and is the mother of four boys. She graduated from the University of Malta and the College of Europe in Bruges.