Roberta Metsola took to social media to commemorate 20 years since Malta and Gozo applied to join the European Union, with the referendum on EU membership having been held on March 8th 2003.
Metsola, the first Maltese woman to ever hold the position of European Parliament President and, by extension, the highest political position a Maltese has ever held, commemorated the decision and how it changed the island’s future.
‘EU membership meant hope, enthusiasm, ambition, a united future. It meant opportunities, where the size of ideas, the strength of character and the depth of integrity overcome the limitations of geography’ wrote the EP President.
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This of course the Maltese freedom of movement through member states as well as to reside freely within the bloc.
On 1 May 2004 Malta officially became a Member State of the European Union, along with Cyprus and eight other Central and Eastern European countries. This so-called ‘Big Bang’ enlargement of the Union was a significant milestone in the history of the continent.
Malta joined the EU when Nationalist Party Leader Eddie Fenech Adami was president. Today, Malta of course has its own MEPs participating in a larger world of politics, seeing Malta contribute to bigger projects and aims which impact not just the tiny Mediterranean island, but the entire world.