Simon Busuttil has been a Member of the European Parliament from Malta since 2004. A lawyer by profession, he specialised in European Affairs and followed EU affairs since 1994. Before being elected to the European Parliament, he led the public communications campaign ahead of Malta's referendum on EU membership and was a member of Malta's negotiating group. As an MEP he leads the European People's Party (EPP) in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and covers issues that include the common European immigration and asylum policy. Busuttil is an active campaigner for European citizenship and citizens' rights. In June 2009, he was re-elected to the European Parliament with a record 28% of the national vote (68,792 votes), the highest percentage score in the EU.