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Alfred SANT Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT

Grupul Alianței Progresiste a Socialiștilor si Democraților din Parlamentul European


Malta - Partit Laburista (Malta)

Data nașterii : , Sliema

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Punerea în aplicare a cerințelor UE privind schimbul de informații fiscale (A9-0193/2021 - Sven Giegold) EN

Explicații scrise ale votului

I have abstained on this report although I am supportive of the Directives on Administrative Cooperation for exchange of tax information.
I am in favour of widening the scope of the Directives to cover income and assets, since with their exclusion, circumventing taxes is facilitated.
However this change is being powered by a paradigm shift on taxation which, initiated over recent years, ignores part of the issues at stake.
The final aim is to override the tax sovereignty of Member States. I cannot agree with this.
Moreover, the approach is broad brush and drastic. So, another aim is to eradicate so-called aggressive tax planning without deigning to provide a sound legal definition for it.
This has the dubious effect of allowing loose attacks on legal tax practices, to render them arbitrarily illegitimate.
At the same time, tax competition is also to be considered outside the pale.
Yet peripheral regions and small countries need to maintain tax differentials with larger, more sophisticated ones if they are to attract businesses and investments in a continental free market economy.
Such considerations plus others, are not being taken into sufficient account when the future of what we want to be ‘fair’ tax systems is being debated, which is unacceptable.

Situația din Afganistan (RC-B9-0455/2021, B9-0433/2021, B9-0453/2021, B9-0455/2021, B9-0458/2021, B9-0459/2021, B9-0460/2021, B9-0462/2021) EN

Explicații scrise ale votului

Many perceive the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a second Vietnam due to the similar circumstances and outcomes.
Understandably therefore, policymakers are looking at the Western rapprochement to Vietnam, as the model for post-war Afghanistan: a structured policy for the refugees wanting to leave Afghanistan, money aid with imposed conditionality, and a relationship based on diplomacy and trade.
At this point, the success of such approach will much depend on the Taliban willingness to engage. Western parties should also be aware however that while Vietnamese Communists were always inspired by progress, emancipation, and autonomy of their people, the current Afghan leadership seems locked into conservatism and religious dogmatism.
It is therefore correct that this EP Resolution condemns the ongoing persecutions in Afghanistan, the repression of women and minorities in the country.
It is also right to request a continental approach to the refugee crisis arising from the US departure from the country.
However, I totally disagree with the tactic adopted in the Resolution to use this situation as another opportunity to push for a European Defence Union, or even worse, to remove unanimity in favour of qualified majority voting in the field of EU foreign affairs policy.

Starea Uniunii (continuarea dezbaterii) EN

15-09-2021 P9_CRE-PROV(2021)09-15(3-119-5000)
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