The president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, declared, on Tuesday, during a meeting with young Romanians, in the Aula of the Law Faculty, that she would like more women to be in the Bucharest legislature.
“I think you need a lot more women in politics in Romania. I would like to see more women in your parliament, I would like to see more women leaders. I don’t think you have enough, I think you need to make more efforts in this regard”, said Metsola.
“Now I go to summits with important leaders, everywhere. At the end of these summits I ask myself: Did we send the right signals or did we come here just to take a picture? I think that our answer and our responsibility is to bring tangible results and we often don’t do that”, confessed the president of the European Parliament.
At the end of the one-hour dialogue, Roberta Metsola advised the young people to never give up on the things they believe in.
“Your values and principles should accompany you throughout your life, whether you’re a politician or something else, serving a cause you believe in, whether you’re just encouraging your family and friends to vote, or standing up for your cause when you’re denied. I’ve been through a lot, being told ‘Not now’ or ‘Don’t do that’ or ‘Let someone else do that’ or ‘Women don’t do that’. My answer was: that’s how I was raised, that if you believe in something, you do that thing. And if there are people who try to discourage you, don’t give up, never give up on the things you believe in”, said the president of the European Parliament.
After an hour of dialogue with the young people and before getting off the stage, the president of the European Parliament took a selfie with the people who participated in the event. Moreover, Metsola spent a good few minutes taking photos with the pupils and students.
War in Ukraine made us realize that we took democracy, rule of law for granted
The war in Ukraine has made European citizens realize that the values that seemed natural have been called into question, both outside the EU and inside the community space, said the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on Tuesday, at a meeting with young Romanians.
The event was organized in the Aula of the Faculty of Law in Bucharest. Metsola referred to the reaction of the Romanians who received the Ukrainian citizens refugees from the Russian invasion.
“No one told Romania what to do. You went to the border and received thousands and thousands of Ukrainians fleeing a war that we could not have imagined in 2022, a war that made us realize that we took democracy, the rule of law, territorial integrity, justice, equality for granted, a war for which we overlooked the warning signs. We, Europe, relied too much on a neighbour who was not reliable, blackmailer, threatening”, pointed out the head of the EU legislature.
She spoke about the experience of joining the EU from the perspective of her native country, Malta.
“If there was a promise from the political leaders in my country then, it was that we would join the EU to ensure that these values are natural. Today we can no longer say that. Today each (value, ed. n.) is put under question mark not only outside the EU, but also inside the Union. How do we answer? We make sure that the money, the funds are used in the right way”, pointed out Roberta Metsola.
She recognised that justice and integrity are an “essential part” of the European Union’s activity.
“These are exactly the things that Ukrainians are fighting for. If we look at what is happening in the neighbouring country, we see how everything that we took for granted is called into question – and justice and dignity are at the center and we must fight for them every day, so that we never have to live a war. You will not have to live the war for decades to come”, she added.
EP President, on the corruption scandal in the EU legislature: There are weaknesses of the system which must be solved
President of the European Parliament (EP) Roberta Metsola also stated on Tuesday, while referring to the corruption scandal in the EU legislature, that there are weaknesses of the system which must be solved and the protection of whistleblowers must be increased, the transparency and the asset declarations must be better.
She referred to the scandal in the EU legislature, in the context in which MEP Eva Kaili has been dismissed and arrested for corruption, money laundering and for setting up an organised criminal group, a case opened in relation to Qatar’s attempts to influence economic and political decisions of the European Parliament regarding the human rights situation in this country.
EP President Roberta Metsola, who is currently paying a visit to Romania, met with youngsters on Tuesday, during the event called “Together we are Europe” organized by the EP Office in Romania, in partnership with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest.
She argued that she will not accept funding from governmental or non-governmental organizations that have access to the European Parliament and that such situations are to be investigated.
The high official said her personal policy is to tackle a problem head-on, without accepting impunity, as well as funding from governmental or non-governmental organizations that have access to Parliament. Metsola said that all these funding situations will be investigated, adding that many things must be done because, after all, it is not only about the European Parliament, but about the entire European Union and all these represent matters that must work permanently and they shouldn’t be abused at all.
Roberta Metsola said that she bears the responsibility of making sure that, in 2024, people further believe that politics is a permanent force.
Compiled from Agerpres