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Alfred SANT Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT

skupina Progresivní aliance socialistů a demokratů v Evropském parlamentu


Malta - Partit Laburista (Malta)

Datum narození : , Sliema

Úvodní stránka Alfred SANT


Hospodářský a měnový výbor
Petiční výbor
Delegace pro vztahy se Spojenými státy americkými


Rozpočtový výbor
Podvýbor pro daňové záležitosti
Delegace pro vztahy s Japonskem

Poslední činnosti

Přezkum obchodní politiky EU (B9-0370/2020) EN

Písemná vysvětlení hlasování

I have voted in favour of this report.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains and exposed the EU dependency on non-EU sources. The EU trading bloc has been more than put to the test. Tensions with China and the US could be eased given the change of administration but are not likely to go away overnight.
In the middle of this uncertainty, the EU cannot be only doing damage control.
Greater resilience can merely be built through stronger cooperation with our partners, promoting the euro as the main trading currency. Providing for a full and transparent inclusion of civil society and trade unions, a functioning multilateral trading system, paired with trade agreements, still has proved up to this date to be an effective way to not only ensure multiple sources of manufacturing but also to promote the international role of the euro.
On another note, global markets are a source of business for SMEs too. Yet their interest in international trade is not taken sufficiently into account when trade agreements are drawn up. An interesting concrete proposal is to suggest that the European Commission should address the issue of the cost for SMEs to comply with increasingly complex trade legislation.
I believe these are essential ways forward.

Námitka vůči prováděcímu aktu: olovo v brocích v mokřadech nebo kolem nich (B9-0365/2020) EN

Písemná vysvětlení hlasování

One can only agree to the main argument behind the scope of the Commission proposal to replace lead in ammunition. This will bring a wide range of environmental benefits, not only for our countryside, but also to human health, food safety and food markets.
However, the proposal in its current format is fundamentally flawed.
To start with, the proposal removes the presumption of innocence and reverses the burden of proof. A person found in possession of lead gunshot within a 100 metre buffer zone to “wetland” must prove that the ammunition is intended to be used elsewhere than in a wetland or buffer zone. This goes too far and should be revised.
Furthermore, there is clearly a problem of one-size-fits-all approach with the drafting of the definition of wetlands. Malta’s geodemographic structure would mean that these restrictions would go over the scope and original intent of the proposal.
Indeed, such an approach fails to apply the principle of proportionality: the content and form of the action proposed in the Regulation must be in keeping with the aim pursued.
For these reasons, I voted in favour of the Resolution calling for the withdrawal and eventual modification of the draft regulation in its current format.

Bilance evropských voleb (A9-0211/2020 - Pascal Durand) EN

Písemná vysvětlení hlasování

I voted against the Report on Stocktaking of European Elections because it deviates towards an imposition of a Euro-centralist agenda for future elections.
In doing this, it is ignoring the democratic political traditions and demographic structures of the different Member States forming the European Union.
True, the plenary vote removed some very contestable proposals by the EP’s Committee for Constitutional Affairs such as calls for transnational lists and a change to the one Commissioner per member state rule.
Still, the resolution remained with proposals about which I cannot agree.
In particular, it aims at imposing uniform rules on the establishment of political parties, admission rules for candidates, and voting rights.
Any attempt to ride roughshod over constitutional traditions developed in the course of decades and centuries could be dangerous as it opens up a whole range of manoeuvre for the extreme right to attack and undermine national democratic freedoms.
The Resolution also requests a transformation of the Council into a second legislative chamber of the Union.
This half baked proposal neither fits into the requirements of a federal union nor into those of a European Union which claims to promote unity through diversity.

Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT

Na platformě EP NEWSHUB

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One can now understand how so many people consider that the Daphne Caruana Galizia enquiry, has become a charade. What is less easy to stomach is why criminal investigations seem to trail on. We get the legal reasons on how this could change & improve, but who does this convince?

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