Alfred SANT Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament


Malta - Partit Laburista (Malta)

Date of birth : , Sliema

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Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee on Petitions
Delegation for relations with the United States


Committee on Budgets
Subcommittee on Tax Matters
Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware
Delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly
Delegation for relations with Japan

Most recent activities

Sustainable aviation fuels (ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative) (A9-0199/2022 - Søren Gade)

Written explanations of vote

Measures are here being proposed to tackle climate change and ensure that the EU commits to a carbon neutral economy.
Yet, as I have repeatedly pointed out, the revised taxation of energy products as proposed will not affect the whole of the EU in the same way.
To create conditions that enable air transport to decarbonize, the proposal aims to scale up via structural changes in taxation “sustainable” aviation fuels. They should take over from high CO2-intensive fuels in the short to medium term.
However, a real energy transition must be smooth. In all fairness, it cannot simply remove operational flexibility and reduce connectivity – vital for islands, and peripheral and remote regions that depend a lot on air transport.
The report does not take this into account. It foresees an abrupt increase in the share of sustainable aviation fuel within the transport mix. This will hit hard Member States whose economy depends on imports and visitors arriving by air.
Moreover, the EP report ignores operational realities for remote airports in its anti-tankering measures. The reality of an airport in the middle of the Mediterranean is not the same as that of Frankfort airport in terms of turnaround flexibility.
For these reasons, I have voted against the report.

Financial activities of the European Investment Bank – annual report 2021 (A9-0165/2022 - David Cormand)

Written explanations of vote

I voted in favour of the 2021 Annual Report on the financial activities of the European Investment Bank because it contains a balanced approach towards the need for transparency, governance and accountability.
Furthermore, I agree with the focus that the Report gives on the Bank’s work in relation to the EU’s climate strategy and in this context, the calls on the EIB, to strengthen its support towards people and regions facing socio-economic challenges deriving from the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy.
As regards social and labour rights, the EP’s stance that the EIB shall ensure that labour rights are fully protected throughout the entire supply chain of financed projects is commendable. Such an approach should clearly also apply to the internal structures and mechanisms of the bank.
Finally, I would like to raise my reservations as regards the Report’s approach to taxation especially in the context of the EIB’s role and modus operandi. The attempt in its Paragraph 42 to amalgamate various tax related wishes into one paragraph is somehow confusing and weakens the Report’s say on the matter.

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 23-24 June 2022 (continuation of debate)

06-07-2022 P9_CRE-PROV(2022)07-06(3-103-5000)
Contributions to plenary debates



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