Dr Josianne Cutajar is a lawyer, politician and Member of the European Parliament for Malta.
Cutajar was born and raised in a working class family from Gozo — a family that instilled in her the values of solidarity, equality for all, and a strong sense of social justice from an early age.
Growing up, she nurtured a strong desire to improve the lives of people around her, and was always very active in her hometown community of Nadur.
Josianne joined Malta’s Partit Laburista (the Labour Party) in her teenage years and has, since then, occupied a number of roles.
She has, amongst other responsibilities, served as Chairperson of Gozo’s PL Regional Committee, Political Officer within the Nadur PL Committee, Executive Member of Nisa Laburisti, and Malta’s representative at the Regional Congress of the Local and Regional Authorities within the Council of Europe.
At the age of twenty-two, Josianne successfully ran for office and was elected Local Councillor for Nadur.
She read law at the University of Malta, from where she was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree in 2013, and a Master of Laws in European and Comparative Law in 2017. Her academic work has channeled her long-standing belief in shaping a fair society for all.
Until 2019, Josianne Cutajar worked as a lawyer within the Office of the Prime Minister, where she served as a member of Malta’s technical committee on equal gender representation in Parliament, as well as the committee on the implementation of Malta’s strategy on domestic and gender-based violence.
As a member of the European Parliament, Cutajar has been entrusted with important initiatives. These include crucial work on a new Strategy for European SMEs, which she led on behalf of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group.
She is currently also Vice President of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) within the European Parliament and a Member of the European Parliament’s Tourism Taskforce.
In her role as a Member of the European Parliament, Josianne is committed to keep serving the needs of the Maltese, Gozitan and European communities by ensuring that EU law and policy translate into actual economic, social and environmental justice.