Alfred SANT
  • Alfred
    SANT
  • 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

132

Annual Report on Competition Policy (debate)

18-04-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(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)

Implementation of the European Disability Strategy (continuation of debate)

30-11-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)11-30(6)

Rule of law in Malta (debate)

14-11-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)11-14(11)

Economic policies of the euro area (debate)

25-10-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)10-25(13)

Fiscal compact and its incorporation into the EU legal framework (topical debate)

04-10-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)10-04(15)

Reports - as rapporteur

1

Reports - as shadow rapporteur

5

REPORT on the Annual Report on Competition Policy

ECON
01-03-2018 A8-0049/2018

REPORT Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework

ECON
26-06-2017 A8-0235/2017

REPORT on the Annual report on EU Competition Policy

ECON
17-12-2015 A8-0368/2015

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

ECON
20-10-2015 A8-0307/2015

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

ECON
02-03-2015 A8-0037/2015

Institutional motions for resolutions

1

Motion for a resolution on the rule of law in Malta

10-11-2017 B8-0596/2017

Individual motions for resolutions

1

Written declarations

9

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

03-10-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0105 Lapsed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

152

How to tackle cyber risks in the EU financial markets

05-04-2018 E-002011/2018 Commission

European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) outreach in the EU

20-03-2018 E-001689/2018 Commission

Business restrictions in Malta on a geographical basis by e-commerce companies

19-03-2018 P-001633/2018 Commission

Update on the EU-Canada competition agreement

10-01-2018 E-000084/2018 Council

Update on the EU-Canada competition agreement

10-01-2018 P-000083/2018 Commission

Unpaid internships at the Commission

08-01-2018 E-000030/2018 Commission

EU initiatives specifically dedicated to islands

24-11-2017 E-007237/2017 Commission

The Commission's assessment of the effectiveness of EU rules on state aid for banking

24-11-2017 E-007229/2017 Commission

Commission action on Uber's EU data breach

22-11-2017 P-007169/2017 Commission

Oral questions

7

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

Written explanations of vote

35

Prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing (A8-0056/2017 - Krišjānis Kariņš, Judith Sargentini)

19-04-2018

Ensuring the safe management of EU funds by making them resilient to money laundering and terrorism financing is a prerequisite to any EU action.
I especially welcome the inclusion of greater information on beneficial ownership and the concentration of information in a public central register of beneficial ownership. Cooperation between the Member States’ authorities is key in this revision, regardless of their status or nature. Proper enforcement of this greater cooperation and exchange of information mechanism will then need to be ensured at the national level.
There has been a tendency over the past year to legislate on the protection of the Union’s financial interests and to extend the scope of application, which was necessary.
I am nevertheless concerned that this revision would disproportionally impact the Member States’ tax flexibility as it would notably apply to tax advisors and electronic money distributors.
While I welcome deeper transparency standards, I am concerned about the growing space the EU is taking in controlling and operating national tax systems across the EU, which in my view must remain the responsibility of the individual Member States.

Statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations (A8-0373/2017 - Mercedes Bresso, Rainer Wieland)

17-04-2018

One year ago, the Members of this House underlined the need for greater discussions on the funding of pan-European parties through central EU funds and gave mandate to the Commission to revise the EU rules.
The EP resolution represents the conclusion of these discussions and the outcome of negotiations reached among the Institutions and I supported this text because it improves priority elements in the EU rules.
First and foremost the new rules guarantee the greatest transparency and, consequently, the democratic accountability vis-a-vis the public and the media, thereby strengthening the link with the civil society. Certain principles and conditions are set up for the European political parties and their affiliated European political foundations to be respected, in particular with regard to their political programme, their activities, as well as the compliance to European values.
More clarity and transparency is also required in the application process for funding.
The European Parliament resolution also gives greater importance to the outcome of national European campaigns since the funding of European political parties will be distributed on the basis of the representativeness of the national parties that are members of European parties, within the Parliament.

Strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU (A8-0138/2018 - Marc Joulaud)

17-04-2018

I voted in favour of this Resolution because it recognises that the priority focus should remain to obtain environmentally friendly growth, based on both public and private investment.
EU citizens should benefit from such a growth through quality jobs, a tailor-made EU policy for education, and a growth that guarantees basic services such as transport and energy.
Significantly, the Resolution also recognises that to meet challenges to achieve socioeconomic cohesion across all EU regions, it is necessary to take into account indicators complementary to per capita GDP for the allocation of funds.
In this context, I fully support the appeal in this Resolution for greater account of certain specific territorial characteristics, such as island and peripheral regions. I also agree with the importance of creating tailor-made strategies, programmes, and actions for these different regions, or even exploring the possible launch of new specific agendas.
While preparing for the place of cohesion policy within the next Multiannual Financial Framework, the priority should remain that no region or community in Europe rests left behind the others.

Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (A8-0051/2018 - Alain Lamassoure)

15-03-2018

I voted against the proposals for directives to introduce CCTB and CCCTB because they constitute the first move in a strategy to harmonise tax structures across the European Union.
The setting of tax policy is the sovereign prerogative of EU Member States and should remain so.
Harmonisation of tax structures would undermine the tax flexibility that the smaller Member States of the EU - especially those at the periphery - require in order to remain competitive by compensating for the lack of economic and physical endowments possessed by other larger Member States.
The claim that CCTB and CCCTB would serve to curtail tax evasion, tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning is misguided and not supported empirically.
The systems being proposed would indeed place EU based companies and Member States at a disadvantage vis-à-vis corporations and countries in the rest of the world.
I support full transparency in the establishment of flexible and fair tax competition.
But beyond that, I consider it not to be in the national interest of Malta to support the idea that the EU should, as part of its single market, introduce CCTB and CCCTB.
For all these reasons, I have voted against the resolutions.

Common Corporate Tax Base (A8-0050/2018 - Paul Tang)

15-03-2018

I voted against the proposals for directives to introduce CCTB and CCCTB because they constitute the first move in a strategy to harmonise tax structures across the European Union.
The setting of tax policy is the sovereign prerogative of EU Member States and should remain so.
Harmonisation of tax structures would undermine the tax flexibility that the smaller Member States of the EU - especially those at the periphery - require in order to remain competitive by compensating for the lack of economic and physical endowments possessed by other larger Member States.
The claim that CCTB and CCCTB would serve to curtail tax evasion, tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning is misguided and not supported empirically.
The systems being proposed would indeed place EU based companies and Member States at a disadvantage vis-à-vis corporations and countries in the rest of the world.
I support full transparency in the establishment of flexible and fair tax competition.
But beyond that, I consider it not to be in the national interest of Malta to support the idea that the EU should, as part of its single market, introduce CCTB and CCCTB.
For all these reasons, I have voted against the resolutions.

The next MFF: Preparing the Parliament’s position on the MFF post-2020 (A8-0048/2018 - Jan Olbrycht, Isabelle Thomas)

14-03-2018

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report outlining Parliament’s position on the post-2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF) despite my reservations about its priorities related to an EU defence union. Further, I am not convinced by the approach by Members of this House to attempt to use co-decision power on the MFF in order to impose Parliament’s own-resources position on the Member States.
Nevertheless, I recognise that the report tackles the failures of the previous MFF with the aim of producing a new MFF for post-2020 that will adjust to the needs of the EU. Further, this text embraces very important priorities such as the European Pillar of Social Rights, objectives on education, child poverty and, crucially, migration. It also focuses on improving our efforts to combat climate change and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Finally, and most importantly, it provides a well-needed strong emphasis on cohesion policy. In this regard, I strongly welcome that my calls for EU funding to be directed towards all the regions of the EU, with a dedicated provision for island and remote areas, are here included.

Reform of the European Union’s system of own resources (A8-0041/2018 - Gérard Deprez, Janusz Lewandowski)

14-03-2018

I voted against this report by which the Parliament is clarifying its position on a reform of the EU system of own resources.
The report also comes in the context of the need to bridge the upcoming Brexit gap in the EU budget. In its search of new own resources, the Report emphasises important matters such as green taxation, and the need to end rebates, which I am in favour of.
However, added within this basket, the Report suggests a system of Common Corporate Tax, and a European-level Financial Transaction Tax, amongst its proposed new sources.
As I always maintained throughout this legislature, tax harmonisation cannot be the answer for the Union’s weaknesses. In the context of socioeconomic unevenness within the EU, a single tax system would only make the situation worse. Indeed, those peripheral states relying on financial services for revenue could end up increasingly relying on the EU budget, instead of their own economic mobilisation.
While open to the idea of investigating a system whereby in part, the EU could be financed on the basis of own resources, I am against that these take the form of a Common Corporate Tax, or a Financial Transaction Tax.

European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2018 (A8-0047/2018 - Hugues Bayet)

14-03-2018

I voted in favour of the Resolution on the EU Semester because it includes important recommendations, although on some of them a much more ambitious approach would have been preferable. Against a background of general improvements in the EU economy, the resolution insists on implementing socially balanced reforms to generate sustained growth, employment and upward convergence. It no longer makes sense to use the arguments of austerity to deny the working and middle classes and pensioners an improvement in their purchasing power as the profitability of corporations increases.
The resolution calls for a wage increase in certain sectors and areas, in line with productivity goals. This is not enough. I had proposed increasing by five percent the minimum wage of all countries Europe-wide that have a minimum wage, as well as introducing a minimum wage system adapted to national circumstances in those countries without it. I stand by this proposal.
The resolution insists on the need to boost public investments, especially in countries with large current account surpluses. Such investments must be backed by a business-friendly administrative and regulatory environment to make it easier for companies to access finance and raise funds across borders.

Insurance distribution: date of application of Member States' transposition measures (A8-0024/2018 - Werner Langen)

01-03-2018

The Insurance Distribution Directive is an important piece of legislation, which harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products by insurance intermediaries and companies.
Its implementation timeline was originally set for 23 February 2018. This was simply not realistic because the proposal will bring widespread changes to the sector of mainly SME operators leaving little time for Member States to implement them.
For this reason, today, I voted in favour of the Commission proposal postponing the date of application of Member States’ transposition of the Insurance Distribution Directive.
In a country like Malta, most of the insurance intermediaries are small or micro entities. For them, the changes prospected will give rise to considerable burdens, which should be taken into consideration throughout an effective application of the proportionality principle.
This new timeline approved today will give insurance undertakings and distributors more time to better prepare for a correct and effective implementation of the Directive and to apply the necessary technical and organisational changes to comply with the Delegated Regulations.

Setting up a special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance (TAX3), its responsibilities, numerical strength and term of office (B8-0125/2018)

01-03-2018

. ‒ I have voted in favour of the setting up of a special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and avoidance as there is a need at European level to ensure the transparency of tax matters and tax regimes. In doing so, my expectation is that this new special committee will concentrate its efforts on ensuring ever improving standards of transparency in all countries, thereby countering tax evasion and so-called aggressive tax planning.
I would expect this new committee to deploy the best available methodologies and proceedings in its evaluation of how countries manage their taxation policies and their financial services sectors, away from the facile attempts that have been registered to stigmatise certain countries which happen to be among the smallest members of the Union.
I am against any attempt to channel the workings of this committee towards efforts that push for tax harmonisation. A common EU taxation system would remove the tax flexibility that Member States at the periphery of the EU need to remain competitive within and outside the single market. Though tax competition must remain fair, a common EU taxation system would undermine the sovereignty of governments in the decision and implementation of national taxation policies.

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