Alfred SANT
  • Alfred
  • Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
  • Member
  • Malta Partit Laburista
  • Date of birth: 28 February 1948, B'Kara

Speeches in plenary


Presentation of the programme of activities of the Austrian Presidency (debate)

03-07-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)07-03(6)

Humanitarian emergencies in the Mediterranean and solidarity in the EU (debate)

13-06-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)06-13(14)

EU values and the proliferation of corruption and crime through Golden Visas (topical debate)

30-05-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)05-30(19)

The impact of delocalisation on workers and regions (debate)

30-05-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)05-30(25)

Commission decision adopted on the MFF post-2020 package (debate)

02-05-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)05-02(20)

Annual Report on Competition Policy (debate)

18-04-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)04-18(24)

European Council informal meeting of 23 February 2018 (debate)

28-02-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)02-28(18)

Summer-time arrangements (debate)

08-02-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)02-08(7)

Composition of the European Parliament (debate)

07-02-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)02-07(4)

Presentation of the programme of activities of the Bulgarian Presidency (debate)

17-01-2018 P8_CRE-REV(2018)01-17(7)

Reports - as rapporteur


Reports - as shadow rapporteur


REPORT on the Annual Report on Competition Policy

01-03-2018 A8-0049/2018

REPORT Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework

26-06-2017 A8-0235/2017

REPORT on the Annual report on EU Competition Policy

17-12-2015 A8-0368/2015

REPORT on European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2015 priorities

20-10-2015 A8-0307/2015

REPORT on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2015

02-03-2015 A8-0037/2015

Institutional motions for resolutions


Motion for a resolution on the rule of law in Malta

10-11-2017 B8-0596/2017

Individual motions for resolutions


Written declarations


Written declaration on supporting ‘Odysseus’ for the relaunching of the European Voluntary Service

03-10-2016 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 , 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

12-09-2016 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

12-09-2016 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

Written declaration on the potential of digital technologies for an improved and widespread access to knowledge

12-09-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0085 Lapsed


Andrea COZZOLINO , Catherine STIHLER , Nicola DANTI , Antanas GUOGA , Lambert van NISTELROOIJ , Sergio Gaetano COFFERATI , Massimiliano SALINI , Marisa MATIAS , Michela GIUFFRIDA , Alfred SANT

Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 81 - 13-12-2016

Written declaration on the overuse or misuse of antibiotics

12-09-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0081 Lapsed


Patricija ŠULIN , Monica MACOVEI , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Dubravka ŠUICA , Stelios KOULOGLOU , Alfred SANT , Michela GIUFFRIDA , Salvatore CICU , José Inácio FARIA , Ivana MALETIĆ , Nicola CAPUTO , Marijana PETIR , Stefan ECK , Theodoros ZAGORAKIS , Lola SÁNCHEZ CALDENTEY , Marlene MIZZI , Ivan JAKOVČIĆ , Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA , Jozo RADOŠ , Doru-Claudian FRUNZULICĂ , Eleftherios SYNADINOS , Renata BRIANO

Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 95 - 13-12-2016

Written declaration on an EU Homelessness Strategy

27-04-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0052 Lapsed


Neena GILL , Brian HAYES , Alfred SANT , Karima DELLI , Lynn BOYLAN , Sylvie GUILLAUME , Ivan JAKOVČIĆ , Agnes JONGERIUS , Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS , Gabriele ZIMMER , Viorica DĂNCILĂ , Mary HONEYBALL , Stefan ECK , Bronis ROPĖ , Hugues BAYET , Klaus BUCHNER , Sylvie GOULARD

Date opened : 27-04-2016
Lapse date : 27-07-2016
Number of signatories : 310 - 28-07-2016

Written declaration on skills and competences in the tourism industry

27-04-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0039 Lapsed


Claudia ȚAPARDEL , Cláudia MONTEIRO DE AGUIAR , Igor ŠOLTES , Alfred SANT , Antonio TAJANI , Patricija ŠULIN , Merja KYLLÖNEN , Emilian PAVEL , István UJHELYI , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Renaud MUSELIER , Silvia COSTA , David BORRELLI

Date opened : 27-04-2016
Lapse date : 27-07-2016
Number of signatories : 72 - 27-07-2016

Written declaration on the recognition of obesity as a chronic disease

11-04-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0037 Lapsed


Alfred SANT , Enrico GASBARRA , Marc TARABELLA , Fabio Massimo CASTALDO , Patricija ŠULIN , Giovanni LA VIA , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Ivan JAKOVČIĆ , Edward CZESAK , Ángela VALLINA

Date opened : 11-04-2016
Lapse date : 11-07-2016
Number of signatories : 144 - 12-07-2016

Written declaration on the protection of the UNESCO sites in Europe

16-09-2015 P8_DCL(2015)0050 Lapsed


Alberto CIRIO , Claudia ȚAPARDEL , Ivan JAKOVČIĆ , Enrico GASBARRA , Marco ZULLO , Igor ŠOLTES , István UJHELYI , Cláudia MONTEIRO DE AGUIAR , Marlene MIZZI , Alfred SANT

Date opened : 16-09-2015
Lapse date : 16-12-2015
Number of signatories : 76 - 17-12-2015

Written questions


Initial data on the DiscoverEU initiative

16-07-2018 E-003942/2018 Commission

The social aspect of the InvestEU programme

28-06-2018 E-003561/2018 Commission

The 2021-2027 MFF proposal and its compliance with Articles 170, 174 and 175 of the TFEU

06-06-2018 P-003094/2018 Commission

Commission's analysis on NPLs for Malta in 2018 Country Specific Recommendation

24-05-2018 P-002801/2018 Commission

'Accidental Americans' in the European Union

15-05-2018 E-002580/2018 Commission

Commission estimates of the costs involved in health technology assessments

14-05-2018 E-002569/2018 Commission

Estimated reduction of delays resulting from the Commission proposal on Health Technology Assessment

14-05-2018 E-002567/2018 Commission

Oral questions


Investigation in the wake of the Dieselgate 2.0 scandal

02-02-2018 O-000013/2018 Commission

Recognition of school study periods abroad

31-01-2018 O-000010/2018 Commission

An EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals

16-05-2017 O-000042/2017 Commission

Major interpellation - Follow-up to the Brazilian meat imports scandal

12-04-2017 O-000029/2017 Commission

EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals

14-02-2017 O-000013/2017 Commission

Minor interpellation - VP/HR - Israeli settlement policy

27-01-2017 O-000006/2017 Commission

Commission's answers to written questions

10-01-2017 O-000003/2017 Commission



Follow-up to the Brazilian meat imports scandal

12-04-2017 G-000004/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Israeli settlement policy

27-01-2017 K-000001/2017 Commission

Written explanations of vote


The adverse effects of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act on EU citizens (B8-0306/2018)


I have voted in favour of this resolution calling on Commission and Council to present a joint EU approach to FATCA and improve reciprocity in the exchange of information.
Having the commendable aim to promote transparency in financial services, accidental Americans with FATCA are charged with bills from the US tax office, despite living and paying taxes in the EU. They are being denied access to basic banking services, which constitutes a breach of fundamental rights.
Recent Internet surveillance scandals have also shown that it is unacceptable to give clearance for the use of personal data. FATCA, by disclosing an important amount of personal data, is violating privacy.
This resolution underlines that transparency needs to be balanced with reciprocity and with proper protection of fundamental rights. Several solutions may be foreseen. The EU could block the exchange of information until the US honours the principle of reciprocity.
The EU could in the future allow only transfers of FATCA data on US persons who are not EU residents. Judicial protection could also be reinforced with the European Court of Human Rights, on the basis of article 8, guaranteeing the fundamental right to respect of privacy and family.

Draft amending budget No 3/2018: Extension of the Facility for refugees in Turkey (A8-0246/2018 - Siegfried Mureşan)


I voted in favour of amending the 2018 budget for the extension of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
I primarily did this because the mobilised sum of EUR 500 million is necessary to allow for the continuation of the schooling of refugee children in Turkey.
The Facility for Refugees in Turkey is the EU answer to support refugees in an immediate country of transit. The main focus areas are humanitarian assistance, education, migration management, health, municipal infrastructure, and socio-economic support.
Providing the necessary funding to provide the basic needs and opportunities for refugees in Turkey, especially refugee children, is essential.
This funding is also crucial for any hope of success with present EU asylum policy.
According to the United Nations, Turkey currently hosts over 3.5 million registered Syrian refugees and is making commendable efforts to provide them with humanitarian aid and support.
Knowing how easily Turkey’s refugee situation could spill over to the EU, any assistance on the matter should be given priority.
Avoiding forced migration by assisting populations in their place of origin remains a priority. Yet, the Turkey model with its achievements could provide the right direction where this is not possible.

EU guarantee to the EIB against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects outside the Union, as regards Iran (B8-0313/2018)


I voted against the Resolution objecting to the European Commission’s delegated decision allowing for an EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects in Iran.
I fully support the EU’s policy to uphold the nuclear agreement with Iran, even after the United States has pulled out of it.
Arguments that in Iran human rights violations are still widespread, and that basic civil liberties are severely restricted, cannot be discounted.
Nevertheless, in the current context, the European Commission’s decision to allow the European Investment Bank to finance investments in Iran and to guarantee them is the right one and gives a clear signal.
Diplomatic relationships aimed at achieving conciliation have to achieve mutually accepted settlements and must then honour them. An agreement remains valid for as long as the parties to it respect their commitments. All indications show that this has been happening in the Iran nuclear agreement.
The Commission’s delegated decision must be set within this framework and rightly distances the EU from those opting for an aggressive foreign policy, an approach which might easily degenerate into conflict.
The repercussions of such an escalation in the Middle Eastern region and in Europe, could be devastating.

Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture (A8-0169/2018 - Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski)


The resolution on structural and financial barriers in the access to culture, Europe’s cultural heritage, cultural and linguistic diversity depicts quite a fragmented situation across the EU.
I voted in favour of this resolution because I believe that the EU, together with national and regional authorities, within their sphere of competence, should develop and implement measures to guarantee access to and participation in cultural life. The artistic activities of artists themselves should be facilitated, whilst providing citizens with access to the output of the cultural and creative sectors.
Access to culture affects other areas of social life, including economic growth.
For this reason, initiatives like the European Capital of Culture are welcome, but more is needed for promoting and facilitating better coordination of cultural policies, with an emphasis on the youngest.
If financial barriers are one of the major obstacles to participation in culture, European and national authorities should allocate a sufficient share of their budgets to public funding for culture.
Another issue is why people living in rural areas or far from large urban centres are much less likely to participate in cultural life. Here more should be done to facilitate online access to cultural content through digitisation and to support cultural tourism through transport infrastructure.

EU-NATO relations (A8-0188/2018 - Ioan Mircea Paşcu)


I abstained on this report on two main grounds.
Firstly, as Malta is a neutral country, it is appropriate not to vote for or against issues arising from the relationship between the EU and NATO.
Secondly, the report again glosses over the real security and strategic interests of the EU and how they should be defined.
Obviously, there is a vital interest for European nations to harmonise their armaments requirements, if only to achieve scale economies in research and development projects within the parameters of a single market.
That would also complement NATO’s defence planning through an easier cooperation between the armed forces of member states of both the EU and NATO.
However, in the absence of a doctrine by which EU security interests gets articulated and defended, the present approach could have continuing unforeseen consequences.
It could lead to ‘ad hoc’ military operations, sanctioned or overseen by NATO, around the EU’s periphery for which the legitimation remains questionable.
But they would still reflect and affect the EU as a whole.
Given the uncertainties that initiatives launched by the Trump administration have provoked, it is hardly wise for the EU to act in ways that could trigger further uncertainties.

Cyber defence (A8-0189/2018 - Urmas Paet)


. ‒ I voted in favour of this report on cyber—defence, in recognition of the point that the digital world has brought enormous benefits but also new vulnerabilities to our societies. These need to be tackled to guarantee the EU’s internal and external security.
Actually, it is becoming more difficult to fight cyber-attacks at the level of the Member States, as these threats do not have boundaries or territorial limitations. Member States are the key actors for any operation of this type, but they vary in their offensive and defensive procedures. Cyber—defence structures are therefore often fragmented across the EU, which facilitates attacks. Thus, cooperation at the EU level in this matter could improve the Union’s resilience, in a context of new politically motivated or terrorist threats.
The current vulnerabilities call for a strategic and consistent EU approach towards cyber—defence. Nevertheless, such cooperation should neither infringe on certain Member States’ constitutional neutrality, nor should it overlap with the real capacity of local authorities to step up the fight against crime and terrorist activities, notably through technological innovation and data sharing.

State of play of recreational fisheries in the EU (A8-0191/2018 - Norica Nicolai)


I abstained on the report regarding the state of play in recreational fisheries in the European Union for the reasons outlined below.
There is no single agreed clear definition of recreational fishing at EU level. This is pointed out in various references found throughout the report.
It is risky to discuss and give recommendations on the topic without having a clearly defined subject.
Current calculations point to an estimated 8.7 million to 9 million recreational fishermen in the EU, representing 1.6% of the European population. In such a context, I recognise the need to protect endangered species and control harmful fishing practices.
Nevertheless, if it is decided that EU-level control of recreational fishing is necessary, it will be of the utmost importance to ensure that a regulatory approach gives due consideration to the socio-economic features of the recreational fisheries sector.
Finally, due attention and flexibility in the context of the diverse characteristics of fishing communities in Europe are to be provided. This must act as an indispensable principle for any possible regularisation of the sector.

Connecting Europe facility after 2020 (RC-B8-0242/2018, B8-0242/2018, B8-0243/2018, B8-0245/2018, B8-0246/2018, B8-0247/2018)


Whereas transport infrastructures are essential to countering imbalances between European regions by ensuring growth, competitiveness, and social and territorial cohesion, their development is still fragmented and represents a major challenge in terms of capacity and financing.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding programme, plays a key role in this sense, especially for peripheral countries like Malta, because it facilitates cross-border connections, establishes multimodal nodes, addresses market failure and removes bottlenecks.
I voted in favour of the resolution on the CEF transport pillar after 2020 because it focuses on the right priorities in order to further exploit its full potential.
The financial capacity under the 2021-2027 MFF period should be increased, and the CEF policy objectives broadened by including investments in digital, innovative and sustainable transport projects.
The complementarity between the CEF and other programmes such as Horizon Europe and the InvestEU Fund should be reinforced, in order to avoid overlaps and optimise budgetary resources.
Finally, the complexity of submitting a project including administrative requirements constitutes important barriers especially for large transport infrastructure. In this regard, the Commission should continue providing the technical assistance in order to promote the eligibility of high-quality projects, but also adapt this assistance to smaller project applicants.

Gender equality and women's empowerment: transforming the lives of girls and women through EU external relations 2016-2020 (A8-0167/2018 - Linda McAvan, Dubravka Šuica)


I voted in favour of this own initiative report on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment on the understanding that there must be effective women’s empowerment in Europe before the EU’s external relations can make a significant contribution in this domain.
There must be a holistic perspective aimed at removing barriers to entry for women in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural activity while encouraging their participation in such activity.
Affirmative action must be implemented over a reasonable time horizon, to be renewed as necessary, until its very success justifies its abrogation.
In the political and economic spheres this had best be done via quotas, applying to the private sector as much as to the public.
In the social and cultural domains, beyond ensuring that women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are protected, all social and cultural inputs within European society that denigrate or curtail women’s access to equal opportunities must be eliminated. This means a level of state intervention that is usually decried.
But before the EU can help to transform the lives of girls and women through its external relations, it must ensure that within its borders equality and empowerment across genders is really operative.

Recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative on Libya (A8-0159/2018 - Pier Antonio Panzeri)


My vote in favour of the European Parliament recommendation on Libya comes with the requisite that the text aims at ensuring the strongest support for the UN Action Plan for Libya.
Since the violent removal of Colonel Gaddafi, the situation in this neighbour country has been highly turbulent.
The political instability faced by Libyan people in the last years, has also spilled over through the immediate region, resulting in an intensification of the migration and refugee crisis. This has also weakened the economic development of the region, in particular North Africa.
International partners, especially EU partners, have every interest in ensuring a political solution for Libya.
Rightly, the recommendation demands that the United Nations action plan on Libya remains the basis of a solution for the country. Within such process, one cannot exclude the significance of Libyan ownership within a constitutional process leading to the possibility of collectively accepted elections.
Finally, let us not forget that with its strategic position, a prosperous and stable Libya remains vital for the political and economic advancement of countries in the Mediterranean Basin.



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