Helena Dalli was appointed Minister for European Affairs and Equality in Malta following the general election of June 2017. First elected to Parliament in 1996, she served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister between 1996 and 1998. She was subsequently re-elected to Parliament in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017 – making Dalli’s experience in the Maltese Parliament one of the longest for a female politician in Malta.
During the 2013-2017 legislature, she was minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties. Under her direction, the government introduced several laws and policies to strengthen the equality and human rights framework. In 2016, Dalli was the first Maltese nominee and winner of the European Diversity Award for her work in human rights and equality at the national and international level.
She holds a Ph.D. in Political Sociology and lectures in Economic and Political Sociology at the University of Malta.