Miriam Dalli

Vice President of the Socialists & Democrats

MP
Miriam Dalli
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 March 2022
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development
In office
21 November 2020 – 26 March 2022
Member of the Maltese Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 October 2020
Member of the European Parliament
for Malta
In office
1 July 2014 – 18 October 2020
Personal details
Born (1976-05-19) 19 May 1976 (age 46)
St. Julian's, Malta
Political partyLabour Party (Malta) (national)
Socialists & Democrats (European)
Alma materUniversity of Malta
Websiteec.europa.eu

Miriam Dalli (born 19 May 1976) is a Maltese politician of the Labour Party and former journalist who has been serving as a member of the Parliament of Malta since 2020. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2014 until 2020.

Education

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).

Career in journalism

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 advisor

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 career

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–2020

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]

In parliament, Dalli sat as a member on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Committee on Petitions (PETI). 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] In 2020, she joined the Special Committee on Beating Cancer.[8] In addition to her committee assignments, she was part of the parliament's delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union.

Dalli was also 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 Dalli 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.[9] She was re-elected in January 2017.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Member of the Parliament of Malta, 2020–present

In October 2020, Dalli was sworn in the Parliament of Malta, succeeding Etienne Grech.[13] In November 2020, Dalli was appointed Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development.[14] After the 2022 general elections, Dalli was appointed Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise.[15]

Other activities

Recognition

In 2015. Dalli was named as one of the best five new MEPs by The Parliament Magazine.[17] In March 2016, she was chosen as the 'MEP of the Year' in the Energy sector.[18]

In 2017, Dalli was nominated in two different categories in the MEP Awards: Public Health and Environment.[19] She won the Public Health award, which acknowledged her work on issues such as mental health, autism, and cancer in children.[20]

In March 2017, Dalli ranked as the second most influential MEPs in terms of environmental policy by VoteWatch Europe.[20] Together with MEPs Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Bas Eickhout, Dalli was viewed as leading environmental policies for progress in the EU.[21]

References

  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. ^ Members of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer European Parliament, press release of July 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Movers and Shakers | 31 October 2016 | The Parliament Magazine". Theparliamentmagazine.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Miriam Dalli confirmed as S&D Coordinator for the Environment and Public Health Committee". Independent.com.mt. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Who are the winners and losers of the European Parliament's reshuffle?". Votewatch.eu. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  12. ^ The S&D Group elects its new Bureau S&D Group, press release of June 19, 2019.
  13. ^ Mia Bortolani (October 23, 2020), Movers and Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  14. ^ "Updated (2): PM announces Cabinet reshuffle - 4 new ministers, 3 others have change in portfolio". Malta Independent. 21 November 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Breaking: Here's The Full List Of Robert Abela's New Cabinet After Election". 30 March 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  16. ^ Friends of Europe appoints 29 new members to its Board of Trustees Friends of Europe, press release of June 25, 2020.
  17. ^ "Miriam Dalli named as one of the best new MEPs". Times of Malta. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Comodini Cachia, Dalli and Metsola win MEP Awards". Tvm.com.mt. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Shortlist | MEP Awards". Mepawards.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Miriam Dalli chosen as MEP of the Year for Public Health". Independent.com.mt. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  21. ^ "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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