Miriam Dalli (born 19 May 1976) is a Maltese politician, and former journalist, serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since May 2014, on behalf of the Labour Party.


Miriam Dalli
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Member of the European Parliament
for Malta
Assumed office
2 July 2014
Vice President of the Socialists & Democrats Group
Assumed office
19 June 2019
PresidentIratxe García
Personal details
Born (1976-05-19) 19 May 1976 (age 43)
St. Julian's, Malta
Political partyLabour Party (Malta) (national)
Socialists & Democrats (European)
Alma materUniversity of Malta
Websiteec.europa.eu

EducationEdit

Dalli completed a first degree as Bachelor of Laws at the University of Malta.[citation needed] She later graduated with a second degree with a Bachelor in Communications (1998), completed her Masters in European Studies (2003), and in Business Administration (2001).

CareerEdit

JournalismEdit

Dalli started her career in journalism, during her studies, working for over 15 years in communications sector. She produced and presented current-affairs programmes, such as TRIP, TEAM[1] and TX. In 2007, she was acknowledged as the best news presenter, best programme presenter, and for the best current-affairs programme during a Maltese national awarding ceremony.[2]

Between 2005 and 2009, Dalli served as a news editor for ONE TV and ONE Radio, becoming the first Maltese female TV news editor.[3]

Government advisorEdit

Dalli was politically appointed as an advisor within the Ministry of Energy and Conservation of Water, when she was responsible for the Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Management.

Political careerEdit

2014 European Parliament electionsEdit

In her first political stint, Dalli successfully contested the 2014 European Elections in Malta.

She campaigned on the mantra of 'Priorita Malta' (Priority Malta), underlining her commitment to focus on issues of paramount importance for the country such as job opportunities, irregular immigration, affordable energy, EU funding, youths and cutting red tape for businesses.[4] Her candidature was approved by Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, saying the Labour Party needed dedicated MEPs.[5]

In the EU election, Dalli garnered around 23,500 first preference votes, making her the third candidate most votes Most preferred candidates from six eligible seats.[6] She became the first Labour female MEP to be elected directly to the European Parliament, after the preceding year saw three female MEPs becoming elected only through a bi-election. In her first comments to the TVM, she thanked the electorate for the responsibilities given and promised to work hard for the needs of Maltese people.[7]

Member of the European ParliamentEdit

Dalli sits as a member on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), the Committee on Petitions (PETI), and on the Delegation for Relations with the Maghreb countries & the Arab Maghreb Union.

She is a substitute member on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), and Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation.

In October 2016 she was chosen as the Coordinator on the ENVI committee, on behalf of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, replacing German MEP Matthias Groote.[8] She was re-elected in January 2017.[9] This led the VoteWatch.eu to consider Dalli as one of the winners in the European Parliament's mid-term reshuffle, adding that she shown capabilities to negotiate between the two major parties in the European Parliament.[10]

Dalli was chosen to serve on the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automative Sector, after the Volkswagen emissions scandal was revealed.[citation needed] She represented the European Parliament in the Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris in December 2015.

Following the 2019 elections, Dalli was elected vice-chair of the S&D Group, under the leadership of chairwoman Iratxe García.[11]

RecognitionEdit

In 2015. Dalli was named as one of the best five new MEPs by The Parliament Magazine.[12] In March 2016, she was chosen as the 'MEP of the Year' in the Energy sector.[13]

In 2017, Dalli was nominated in two different categories in the MEP Awards: Public Health and Environment.[14] She won the Public Health award, which acknowledged her work on issues such as mental health, autism, and cancer in children.[15]

In March 2017, Dalli ranked as the second most influential MEPs in terms of environmental policy by VoteWatch Europe.[15] Together with MEPs Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Bas Eickhout, Dalli was viewed as leading environmental policies for progress in the EU.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Broadcasting Authority programme awards". Times of Malta. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Times of Malta ‒ Television award winners". Times of Malta. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Is The glass ceiling in Maltese journalism starting to crack?". Independent.com.mt. 31 July 2005. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Times of Malta ‒ Dalli puts Malta first". Times of Malta. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Muscat: Labour needs MEPs in the Miriam Dalli mould". MaltaToday.com.mt. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  6. ^ "European Parliament Elections - 2014 Count 1-10". Gov.mt. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Bil-filmat: Eletta Miriam Dalli". Tvm.com.mt. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Movers and Shakers | 31 October 2016 | The Parliament Magazine". Theparliamentmagazine.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Miriam Dalli confirmed as S&D Coordinator for the Environment and Public Health Committee". Independent.com.mt. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Who are the winners and losers of the European Parliament's reshuffle?". Votewatch.eu. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  11. ^ The S&D Group elects its new Bureau S&D Group, press release of June 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Miriam Dalli named as one of the best new MEPs". Times of Malta. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Comodini Cachia, Dalli and Metsola win MEP Awards". Tvm.com.mt. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Shortlist | MEP Awards". Mepawards.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Miriam Dalli chosen as MEP of the Year for Public Health". Independent.com.mt. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Tints of Green: Who Influences Environmental Policy in the European Parliament and How?VoteWatch". Votewatch.eu. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.

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