Time Magazine has recognised Roberta Metsola as one of the world's next top leaders. 

The international magazine published its "Time100 Next" list of 100 people from around the globe that are making an influence across a range of industries, including politics, business, health, sport, and the arts.

Dr Metsola, the first Maltese and youngest President of the European Parliament, welcomed the publication and said that since her first day in politics, her priority has been to bridge the gap between European decision-making and the people that elected the Members of European Parliament (MEPs). 

"Its a wonderful surprise and honour to be included in this list, particularly as the first person from Malta and Gozo. I hope that this serves to continue to put the European Parliament on the world map and help in getting the message of Europe across," Dr Metsola remarked. 

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen penned the testimonial to President Metsola, saying that Dr Metsola is one who brought the European Union closer to people. 

"Whenever she travels to one of the bloc’s 27 Member States, whatever the issues on the agenda, she always finds time to meet with local people. And she repeats a powerful message: Get involved. Do not ever give in to cynicism. You can be the engine of change,” said the President of the European Commission.

She also praised the role and work of Roberta Metsola in spearheading major reforms within the European Parliament, saying that "Roberta works tirelessly to make European institutions better and more transparent."

President Ursula von der Leyen concluded: "Roberta’s passion for Europe has led her to the highest seat in the European Parliament: now she is channeling it in the service of all Europeans."

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