Minister Miriam Dalli is a strong advocate of the need to align the Maltese Islands’ economic success with environmental sustainability and a better quality of life. Dalli’s principal commitments include Malta’s long-term objective to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the national seven-year plan to create more new open spaces in Malta and Gozo, and the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Her work is also focused on promoting sustainable business practices and supporting the establishment and growth of new, innovative enterprises in Malta.
As Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development between 2020 and 2022, Minister Dalli directed the Government’s support to shield the local economy from the catastrophic international impacts of the Covid pandemic, with several initiatives including the Wage Supplement and the Rent and Energy Subsidies, providing financial assistance to families and businesses. She also worked to ensure energy price stability through various negotiations at EU level.
This commitment to energy price stability became even more significant in 2022, when, following her re-election, as Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, Miriam Dalli actively supported the Government’s decision to cushion the effect of the international energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine. Through this policy of stability, families in Malta were among the only two countries in Europe that did not experience higher energy bills, while the local economy continued to register higher rates of growth than many other countries in the region.
The Minister is also pushing forward Malta’s long-term plan for increased security of supply and sustainability in the energy sector, including new investment opportunities in offshore renewables and new energy interconnections with mainland Europe.
After successfully contesting two European Parliament elections in 2014 and 2019, in October 2020 Miriam Dalli relinquished her seat in the European Parliament to become a member of the Parliament of Malta, before being appointed Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development. Following her re-election in the 2022 general elections, she was appointed Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise.
During her years in the European Parliament between May 2014 and October 2020, Minister Dalli served as a member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Delegation to the EU Parliamentary Assembly for the Mediterranean. In 2019, she was elected vice-chairperson of the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament.
In March 2016, she was chosen as the ‘MEP of the Year’ in the Energy sector. Amongst other environmental European recognitions, in December 2018, Miriam Dalli was nominated to the Politico 28 Class of 2019, a list of ‘doers, disrupters and dreamers’ who would transform Europe in 2019. In this regard, Politico described Dalli as “the eco-warrior”, in praise of her work towards electrification and the reduction of greenhouse gasses for vehicles in Europe.
A lawyer by profession, Miriam Dalli holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Malta. She also graduated in Communications from the University of Malta and also completed a Masters in European Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.