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SIP 2017 - Statement

Roberta Metsola – Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Malta

"People in chronic pain should not have to suffer in silence. Too often their plight is overlooked or underestimated and together we can do something about that. We need to raise awareness as to the impact that chronic pain can have on people, those who care for them and on their ability to work and enjoy life. Dealing with chronic pain must be put on EU Member States’ health care agenda. It cannot be ignored."



Roberta Metsola
Member of the European Parliament, Malta
Group of the European People‘s Party (EPP)

MEP Roberta Metsola [PN, EPP] was elected to the European Parliament in 2013, becoming one of Malta’s first female Members of the European Parliament. Professionally she is a lawyer who has specialised in European law and politics. She has previously worked at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union and as legal advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. MEP Roberta Metsola is the EPP Coordinator of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), where she is the lead MEP on migration issues. MEP Roberta Metsola was also the co-rapporteur on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration. MEP Roberta Metsola is the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions (PETI) and a member of the Delegation for relations with the United States (D-US). She is also the Chair of the European Parliament Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs), as well as a substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ).