Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT

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

Member

Malta - Partit Laburista (Malta)

Date of birth : , Sliema

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Member

ECON
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
PETI
Committee on Petitions
D-US
Delegation for relations with the United States

Substitute

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

Most recent activities

An EU strategy to boost industrial competitiveness, trade and quality jobs (debate)

18-01-2023 P9_CRE-PROV(2023)01-18(3-105-5000)
Contributions to plenary debates

Human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter - annual report 2022 (A9-0298/2022 - Isabel Wiseler-Lima)

18-01-2023
Written explanations of vote

I have voted in favour of the report because I agree with the main message behind the text that the EU is justified in seeking to strengthen its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights worldwide on the basis of multilateralism and international law.
The Report rightly emphasizes the importance of placing this at the heart of the EU’s diplomatic relations.
However, care needs to be taken not to position the EU in a role where it is perceived by outside powers as being hypocritical and applying double standards according to how the winds of its own special interests blow.
That perception has been growing, not least in the wake of the energy crisis.
Also I disagree with the Resolution’s call for qualified majority voting to replace unanimity on major policy issues.
There has to be compromise in developing an EU position: QMV will likely disallow medium and small sized countries from having a meaningful say in the development of such compromises.
Specifically therefore I voted against that part of the text which endorses QMV and confirm that I am totally against it.

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