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Alex AGIUS SALIBA Alex AGIUS SALIBA
Alex AGIUS SALIBA

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

Member

Malta - Partit Laburista (Malta)

Date of birth : , Pieta

Written explanations of vote Alex AGIUS SALIBA

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Programme for the Union's action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”) (A9-0196/2020 - Cristian-Silviu Buşoi)

13-11-2020

I have voted in favour of the EU4Health Programme for 2021-2027, which is a part of the Recovery Plan to build resilient health systems in the EU by tackling cross-border health threats, making medicines available and affordable, and strengthening health systems. However, I had some reservations with the references to stress tests since I believe that it should be at the discretion of Member States.

Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - How to finance the Green Deal (A9-0198/2020 -Siegfried Mureşan, Paul Tang)

13-11-2020

The financing of private and public investment must be sufficient, sustainable and social. It must be ensured that not a single Euro is spent to harm people and planet and putting an end to green washing. That is why I have voted in favour of this report

InvestEU Programme (A9-203/2020 - José Manuel Fernandes, Irene Tinagli)

13-11-2020

I have voted in favour of the report that focuses of social and environmental issues and gives its special attention to sectors particularly in need of support such as tourism, culture and social infrastructure.

The impact of Covid-19 measures on democracy, fundamental rights and rule of law (B9-0343/2020)

13-11-2020

In the aftermath of Covid-19 measures, the majority of EU countries have declared a state of emergency and resorted to emergency powers to urgently adopt restrictive measures in order to counter the advance of COVID-19. It is the first time that exceptional government powers have been applied to almost the entire territory of the European Union, and all countries and all citizens are affected. Therefore, such measures need be based on proportionate, justified and transparent rules and predictability of laws and respect democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in the European Union. Fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the respect for private and family life, the right to the protection of personal data, the right equality, non-discrimination, the rights of the child, the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial, and many more must be respected. That is why I voted in favour of the resolution, with reservations on the parts that are strictly infringing upon national competences, such as calling on Member States to guarantee safe abortion.

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 - all sections (A9-0206/2020 - Pierre Larrouturou, Olivier Chastel)

12-11-2020

I voted in favour of a strong budget for the EU in the upcoming year. 2021 budget is crucial, as it is the first of an unprecedented multi-annual financial framework, and therefore it must mirror citizens’ priorities on health, climate, youth and culture, while also upholding the social dimension. Considers that the current social and economic situation has shown that we are failing to serve the interests of the Member States and their peoples in times of unprecedented crisis, I voted in favour of strengthening funding for many key flagship programmes for youth, health, climate, just transition, infrastructure, culture, external action and humanitarian aid. However, I did not support defense-related spending which in my opinion should be redirected towards more urgent spending budget lines that are key in supporting European citizens in those difficult times.

Introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union's Stabilisation and Association process (A9-0175/2020 - Emmanuel Maurel)

11-11-2020

I have voted in favour of this report as the proposal to extend the measures is considered the most suitable measure to ensure the sustained economic development of the Western Balkan partners, while avoiding a very long and complex process of amending each individual bilateral trade agreement as part of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements. I support the Western Balkans accession aspirations and the discussed preferences are one of the many ways in which the EU assists these countries in this process. The current preferences lapse by the end of the year. I think that it is therefore crucial to prolong the current preferences as soon as possible in order not to cause market disturbances.

Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × NK603 and genetically modified maize combining two or three of the single events MON 87427, MON 89034, MIR162 and NK603 (B9-0346/2020)

11-11-2020

I have voted in favour of this objection as the authorisation of the import of this GMO could lead to unacceptable risks to food safety and human health. If Herbicide resistant GMOs are a authorised they may encourage an increase in the use of these herbicides whose health and environmental implications have not been taken into account.

Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified soybean SYHT0H2 (SYN-ØØØH2-5) (B9-0349/2020)

11-11-2020

I have voted in favour of this objection as the authorisation of the import of this GMO could lead to unacceptable risks to food safety and human health to our citizens.

Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 87460 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × NK603 and genetically modified maize combining two, three or four of the single events MON 87427, MON 87460, MON 89034, MIR162 and NK603 (B9-0347/2020)

11-11-2020

I have voted in favour of this objection as the authorisation of the import of this GMO could lead to unacceptable risks to food safety and human health to our citizens. This authorisation could also undermine the EU's commitments under the UN sustainable Development Goals.

EU/Senegal Fisheries Partnership Agreement: implementation of the Agreement. Protocol (A9-0180/2020 - Izaskun Bilbao Barandica)

11-11-2020

The European Union (EU) has signed a series of fisheries partnership agreements (FPAs) and protocols with non-EU countries, which provide for EU financial and technical support in exchange for fishing rights for surplus stocks in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in a legally regulated environment. These agreements also govern resource conservation and environmental sustainability, ensuring that all EU vessels are subject to the same rules of control and transparency, and supporting the partner country’s own sustainable fisheries policy. Thus, I have supported and voted in favour of this Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement.

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