Alfred SANT : Declarações de voto escritas 

Os deputados podem fazer uma declaração de voto escrita relativa à sua votação em sessão plenária. Artigo 194.º

Ingerência e desinformação externas nos processos eleitorais e nos processos democráticos nacionais e europeus (B9-0108/2019, B9-0111/2019) EN  
 

I have abstained on this resolution.
I agree that foreign interference in the electoral affairs of a country is a very serious issue and has to be monitored and controlled.
It has long been practised under different forms, from the setting up of policy institutes in the smaller countries by the parties of large European states – to campaigns waged in foreign media against individual countries – to the escalation that has happened in recent years towards the fraudulent manipulation of soft media on a global scale.
So, this Parliament’s resolutions over the years, on the internal affairs of outside countries could be considered an intervention in their electoral politics. Likewise, arguably, the creation of transnational lists for elections to this Parliament.
What makes foreign interventions of any kind acceptable? Legitimate? Legal?
I come from a country which has long been subject to such interventions, from right and left.
And I know that we would be indulging in another fruitless exercise where we proclaim how pure we are, and how defiled others can be – unless we have clear replies to questions of the acceptable-legitimate-legal sort.
Even if well-intentioned, the resolution makes no attempt to identify such replies.
Therefore, I cannot support it.

Quadro Financeiro Plurianual 2021-2027 e recursos próprios: é tempo de satisfazer as expetativas dos cidadãos (B9-0110/2019, B9-0112/2019, B9-0113/2019) EN  
 

I voted in favour of the Resolution on the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework and own resources because it is essential that an agreement on the matter is reached as swiftly as possible.
EU citizens need a robust and well-crafted budget to benefit from policies based on long-established priorities such as cohesion, agriculture, fisheries, and research funding.
However, the following reservations apply:
One can agree that a reform on the own resources system is needed.
A tax in line with the EU’s environmental goals would be tolerable.
Still clauses that refer to the implementation of a common consolidated corporate tax base or the setting up of a financial transaction tax impact on the sovereignty of member states and are objectionable. .
Further, current stated goals, such as those related to EU cohesion, have remained beyond reach.
Yet new grand programmes such as the Defence Union and the Just Transition Fund are being proposed.
The EU cannot afford to put aside its long-standing priorities.
While one understands that new situations require new funding programmes, these cannot come at the expense of the fundamental priorities of the Union.

Estado da execução da legislação contra o branqueamento de capitais (B9-0045/2019, B9-0046/2019) EN  
 

The abolition of capital controls opened the doors for money laundering. Globalization multiplied the opportunities for it.
AML legislation – more complex than capital controls – is intended to extinguish money laundering but still seems to be two steps behind it, conceptually and in the implementation of measures.
In financial services, this holds for the largest jurisdictions, ever more for the small ones. When the financial services sector undergoes a significant expansion, the difficulties are compounded, especially if a substantial part of the industry is intermediated by small operators.
This is the case of Malta.
A recent MONEYVAL report, while identifying weaknesses, highlighted that Malta has a sound legal framework to address money laundering issues.
The government has committed to implement all MONEYVAL recommendations.
A national AML strategy is in place and is being strenghtened not least by allocating significant new resources to it.
There can be no ifs or buts. AML measures have to be implemented in full by all across the board, and those who have difficulties in catching up with the ongoing reforms, should be helped to do so.
I have thus voted in favour of this resolution.

Projeto de orçamento retificativo n.º 2/2019: Reforço dos principais programas para a competitividade da UE: Horizonte 2020 e Erasmus+ (A9-0004/2019 - John Howarth) EN  
 

. ‒ I am glad to have voted in favour of the draft amending budget reinforcing the commitment appropriations of two key EU programmes – Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ – by EUR 100 million. In this perspective, I would like to remark the significance of the EU’s support for education and research innovation. A high level of financing in these two areas is an essential precondition for economic growth and citizens’ wellbeing in Europe.
One should never underestimate the importance of research innovation as an essential driver of economic progress and the creation of good quality jobs. Undeniably, if we want the European economy to prosper, there is no other option but to keep on investing in top-notch innovation. By taking the lead, Europe can keep on growing and selling its products without devaluing its labour costs. Finally, one cannot ignore the return on investment in research on health issues. Finding new ways to prevent diseases and therapies that are more effective is one of the most important signs of European and human progress.

Saída do Reino Unido da UE (B9-0038/2019, B9-0039/2019) EN  
 

I abstained on this resolution as I disagree that it can serve a useful purpose at the present stage of the stand—off between the EU and the UK.
The position of the European Parliament has been clearly asserted a number of times and is therefore well—known. Nothing has happened to change it.
The real problem at the moment is that the UK is in the middle of a huge institutional crisis that could push the country into major economic and social discontinuity.
Hopefully some last—gasp compromise can be offered by the British Government for a Brexit deal that would satisfy the EU side. In that case, this Parliament would be briefed about the development and would assume its responsibilities. Either way, today’s resolution will have no effect on the ongoing situation, except by creating further political noise, of which there is already too much.
Keeping silent on the issue now would not amount to disinterest. To the contrary. We must and will keep our eyes open, our understanding at the ready.
As the song goes: ‘Silence is golden, golden, But our eyes still see’.

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