Alfred SANT : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament - Member

National parties 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Partit Laburista (Malta)

Member 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with the United States
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Substitute 

  • 08-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Budgets
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
  • 25-02-2015 / 30-11-2015 : Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect
  • 02-12-2015 / 02-08-2016 : Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)
  • 24-06-2016 / 13-12-2017 : Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Budgets
  • 14-03-2018 / 01-07-2019 : Special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance

Main parliamentary activities 

Contributions to plenary debates 
Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Reports - as rapporteur 
A rapporteur is appointed in the responsible parliamentary committee to draft a report on proposals of a legislative or budgetary nature, or other issues. In drafting their report, rapporteurs may consult with relevant experts and stakeholders. They are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs. Reports adopted at committee level are then examined and voted on in plenary. Rule 55

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for an opinion to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Programme for single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and European statistics and repealing Regulations (EU) No 99/2013, (EU) No 1287/2013, (EU) No 254/2014, (EU) No 258/2014, (EU) No 652/2014 and (EU) 2017/826  
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Motions for resolutions 
Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Oral questions 
Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Minor interpellations 
Minor interpellations for written answer, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s Members. Rule 130a, Annex III

Major interpellations 
Major interpellations for written answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s component Members. Rule 139, Annex III

Other parliamentary activities 

Written explanations of vote 
Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Implementation and financing of the EU general budget for 2019 in relation to the UK's withdrawal from the Union (A8-0197/2019 - Jean Arthuis)  
 

It is obvious that the EU should be fully prepared for the different possible scenarios describing future relations between the United Kingdom and the EU. Not least from the budgetary side of things.
The contingency measures contemplated in this document are particularly important to minimise the damage that would ensue if a no deal scenario prevails.
Problems would go beyond those arising from a possible budget shortfall when and if the UK’s payments into the 2019 budget dry up.
Just as importantly, there would be problems for private individuals and corporate entities established in the UK and currently benefiting from EU funding. They need to maintain their eligibility for such funding the case of a no-deal.
The same applies for non-UK based persons who have entered into funding projects involving UK entities.
The text provides ways and means by which deleterious consequences are contained and compensated for.
It sends a strong signal that the EU is prepared to stand four square with commitments it has made to interested parties in terms of the relationship sustained over the years with the UK.
For the above reasons, I voted in favour of giving Parliament’s consent to this Commission proposal.

Tackling the dissemination of terrorist content online (A8-0193/2019 - Daniel Dalton)  
 

I have voted in favour of this report, dealing with the dissemination of terrorist content online.
Europe has been facing an evolving terrorist threat over the past years.
According to a report by the High-Level Commission Expert Group on Radicalisation (May 2018), internet featured in almost every 2017 attack. It is being used to disseminate instructions before attacks and to spread propaganda before and after attacks. Terrorist groups recruit many members online.
This text aims at reducing extremist content online by providing for duties of care to be applied by any hosting service providers in the EU while taking action against such content. Member States will need to ensure that competent authorities have sufficient capability and resources to enforce the removal orders. The report endorses cooperation among the national authorities, to avoid duplicating work and interference with ongoing investigations.
I welcome these consultation and cooperation procedures between the competent national authorities that take into account special circumstances for a removal order affecting the fundamental interests of a Member State.
Finally, feasibility of the delay for the removal of objectionable content on small platforms has been questioned. However, at no moment, should any fine tuning of measures being undertaken give the impression that we are being soft on terrorism.

Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (A8-0177/2019 - Miroslavs Mitrofanovs)  
 

. ‒ In Europe, we have had the strongest economic growth in a decade and the highest employment rate.
Yet the number of EU workers in poverty has kept rising since the financial crisis.
One in six workers in part-time jobs was at risk of poverty in 2017. Too many have not benefited from the recent economic growth.
The dependence on structural reforms to introduce flexibility in labour markets has brought negative social consequences.
It has cut living standards and brought work insecurity, while failing to sufficiently reduce unemployment.
Labour rights have been seriously eroded while precarious employment flourished.
In 2018, the European Pillar of Social Rights was highlighted as the way for the EU to regain its social conscience.
The Pillar was meant to help drive socially-oriented reforms at a national level, thereby promoting convergence across Europe.
However, boosting socially meaningful reforms in labour markets will depend among others, on incentivising those who produce and enhancing opportunities brought by the digitalisation of our economy.
Such reforms should reinforce labour security, ensuring for example that the process of contracting out production processes does not worsen working conditions, and that self-employed workers enjoy the same social protection than other workers.
All these considerations defined my vote on the text.

Written questions 
Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Questions to the ECB and concerning the SSM and the SRM 
Members can put questions for written reply to the ECB and questions concerning the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism. Such questions are first submitted to the Chair of the responsible committee.Rule 140, Rule 141, Annex III

Answers to questions to the ECB and concerning the SSM and the SRM 
Reply to members’ questions to the ECB and questions concerning the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism. Rule 140, Rule 141, Annex III

Individual motions for resolutions  
Any Member may table a motion for resolution on a matter falling within the spheres of activity of the EU. Admissible motions are referred to the committee responsible, which shall decide what procedure is to be followed. Rule 143

Written declarations (up to 16 January 2017) 
**This instrument no longer exists since 16 January 2017**. A written declaration was an initiative on a matter falling within the EU’s competence. It could be co-signed by Members within a 3 month period.

Written declaration on supporting ‘Odysseus’ for the relaunching of the European Voluntary Service  
- P8_DCL(2016)0105 - Lapsed  
Jonás FERNÁNDEZ , Pablo ZALBA BIDEGAIN , Silvia COSTA , Antonio TAJANI , Ramón JÁUREGUI ATONDO , Jean-Marie CAVADA , Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS , Karima DELLI , Alain LAMASSOURE , Jo LEINEN , Molly SCOTT CATO , Svetoslav Hristov MALINOV , Mercedes BRESSO , Enrique CALVET CHAMBON , Barbara MATERA , Doktor Professor Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR , José Manuel FERNANDES , Neena GILL , Santiago FISAS AYXELÀ , Hugues BAYET , Alfred SANT , Renato SORU , Eider GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL  
Date opened : 03-10-2016
Lapse date : 03-01-2017
Number of signatories : 91 - 04-01-2017
Written declaration on the ‘fish war’ and the safety of fishermen  
- P8_DCL(2016)0092 - Lapsed  
Michela GIUFFRIDA , Andrea COZZOLINO , Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS , Nicola CAPUTO , Alfred SANT , Raffaele FITTO , Marlene MIZZI , Takis HADJIGEORGIOU , Theodoros ZAGORAKIS , Roberta METSOLA , Patricija ŠULIN  
Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 38 - 13-12-2016
Written declaration on broadband regulation  
- P8_DCL(2016)0091 - Lapsed  
Michela GIUFFRIDA , Andrea COZZOLINO , Stefano MAULLU , Salvatore CICU , Alfred SANT , Raffaele FITTO , Marlene MIZZI , Takis HADJIGEORGIOU , Theodoros ZAGORAKIS , Eric ANDRIEU , Patricija ŠULIN  
Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 63 - 13-12-2016

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