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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
Delegation for relations with Japan

Most recent activities

Serious security threats through the sale of EU passports and visas to criminals (debate)

22-10-2020 P9_CRE-PROV(2020)10-22(4-078-0000)
Contributions to plenary debates

The rule of law and fundamental rights in Bulgaria (B9-0309/2020)

Written explanations of vote

For the last six years I have been questioning the legitimacy of this kind of resolution, when applied to the Malta government for sure, but equally when applied to other governments.
If a judgement is going to be applied to any government system, it has to be based on a dispassionate, objective examination.
That process does not exist.
What happens is in my view, a polarised, politically skewed method, both at European Parliament and at Commission level.
I cannot but denounce the political hypocrisy which accompanies the process.
During this debate, we saw an esteemed member of the EPP, who has been at the forefront in blindly fomenting and promoting before this Chamber allegations, strictures and sanctions against the government of Malta, the country which she represents here, light a candle for the Bulgarian government and present now amendments in defence or mitigation of its position.
This is indefensible.
In the circumstances, in full coherence with my stance about a process, which I consider to still be a political charade, I had no hesitation to vote against the EPP amendments and to abstain on the final resolution.
In no way should this be taken as an explicit or implicit endorsement of what is happening in Bulgaria. To the contrary.

Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee (B9-0310/2020)

Written explanations of vote

I voted in favour of the EP Resolution on the youth guarantee because it is an essential element in the programme needed to provide protection for the future generations of Europe.
Youth unemployment has long been a grave problem in Europe.
It has been an issue in Southern Europe especially, but not only.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the problem and is creating huge obstacles for young people when looking for meaningful employment.
The EU’s Youth Guarantee has in the past helped millions of young citizens to make it into the job market.
Given the track record of the Guarantee, the Council should revise its current inexplicable plans to dilute the strength of the guarantee.
Rather, the Guarantee should be reinforced by providing it with the necessary funds from the EU budget while ensuring they are properly spent.
Moreover, in the interest of maintaining the right social conditions around labour markets and while taking into account the current market dynamics, European decision makers should seek to eliminate all forms of social dumping.
The application of stricter rules in this area would serve to enhance job opportunities for European youths.

Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT


Last week's dispute at the @Europarl_EN between vegans & meat eaters about whether vegan burgers should continue to be called “burgers” was in a way farcical, but deep down the stakes were clear: it was a contest for who would make it as the future fast-food Supremo. 

Do Leader Of The Opposition speeches/tirades against the budget change anything? I doubt it but they need to be made. Nothing with a definite critical edge can be said about that subject for the moment, much will be said no doubt by LOTO in a hypothetical way on a hit&run basis.

Much energy was expended to defend the term “burger” to veggie patties. A campaign was mobilised to lobby-yet some dumb ideas were tried out at EP to revoke the term burger from veggie-burger. As the term gives the impression they’re buying real burgers. It doesn’t really add up.