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Alfred SANT Alfred SANT
Alfred SANT

Grupo da Aliança Progressista dos Socialistas e Democratas no Parlamento Europeu


Malta - Partit Laburista (Malta)

Data de nascimento : , Sliema

Declarações de voto escritas Alfred SANT

Os deputados podem fazer uma declaração de voto escrita relativa à sua votação em sessão plenária. Artigo 194.º

Novo QFP, recursos próprios e plano de retoma EN


. – I voted in favour of this Resolution because I believe that the next Multiannual Financial Framework could provide the needed platform for the the EU to face up to the corona virus pandemic while launching a recovery programme. The MFF is already “mutualised” under agreed norms. Using it as an instrument for the recovery guarantees that national budgets do not get caught in the obligations of others. That spending targets must be increased over the levels about which squabbling prevailed in the last years should be common sense. How much that raise should be must be settled. Simply, it has to be robust enough to protect the most vulnerable sectors of the European economy and serve as the launchpad for recovery. It must cover all the vital interests that define the single market, while maintaining the longstanding priorities of the Union, like EU-wide socioeconomic convergence and environmental reform. In this context, having the European Commission to steer and manage the recovery programme would also ensure that no new supranational mechanisms are set up. I have one disagreement with the resolution: I do not support most of the new own resources for the Union which it identifies.

Quitação 2018 : Autoridade Bancária Europeia (A9-0060/2020 - Ryszard Czarnecki) EN


I have voted in favour of this discharge for the budget of the EBA, assessing its performances and activities, for the following reasons.
I welcome the idea of a single banking rulebook to which the EBA is contributing - while expressing a reservation.
The EBA has intensified its contacts with Member States and should continue doing so with national and commercial banks. Such communication is key for collaboration with the perspective of creating a single banking rulebook. It would allow for closing regulatory loopholes and for smoother operations across the EU.This being said, national flexibility should simultaneously be safeguarded as economic cycles are not uniform across the EU.
The EBA has been promoting a common supervisory regime across the EU financial system. Supervising the financial sector is not only key for financial stability but also has been shown as an effective tool for combating tax fraud and money laundering. Pushing banks to be more transparent about their situation will benefit everyone, from supervisors to deposit-holders and investors. Finally, I welcome the EBA’s stance regarding its support to local economies. In the current crisis, the EBA pushed for capital reliefs to serve businesses and households, reminding banks that measures should not serve to provide leeway for increases in the distribution of dividends.

Uma rede de segurança para proteger os beneficiários dos programas da UE: criação de um plano de contingência para o QFP (A9-0099/2020 - Jan Olbrycht, Margarida Marques) EN


I voted in favour to the European Parliament Report asking for a safety net for the beneficiaries of EU programmes through an MFF contingency plan because I believe that more than ever, in this moment, we cannot afford any added degree of financial uncertainty.
Further, it is natural that such a contingency plan should be including a tangible answer to the socioeconomic consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic with targeted reinforcements and revisions of budgetary rules.
Yet, my vote in favour is conditioned by the following reservation:
The contingency plan should act solely as a fallback position in case that an MFF agreement cannot not be reached on time. In no way should this Contingency Plan be considered as a proper alternative solution.
As indicated in my Committee amendment for the same file, the overarching priority must remain towards a swift and timely agreement for a new Multiannual Financial Framework. It should remain in a position to support both the already established long-term priorities, as well as the newly expected challenges arising from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All negotiators, including those from this House, should strive to achieve that end.

Projeto de orçamento retificativo n.º 2/2020: Prestação de ajuda de emergência aos Estados-Membros e reforço do Mecanismo de Proteção Civil da União Europeia (rescUE) para fazer face ao surto de COVID-19 EN


I voted in favour of this draft amending budget because funding to counter both the increased migration pressure in Greece, as well as to support post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania, is needed.
On the same basis, the EU should funnel funding to counter the migration crisis that is escalating in the Central Mediterranean region. The emergency has become more acute because of the escalation in fighting around Tripoli in Libya.
Already hard hit by the global pandemic, the EU’s border regions must also deal with a worsening migration crisis..
Islands in the Mediterranean are having to cope with a growing influx of irregular migration, putting further huge pressures on their sanitary and economic systems.
In Malta, the country’s capacities are already overstretched as health services endeavour to contain the spread of COVID 19, while coping with one of the highest per capita rates of irregular immigrastion to Europe. Other islands are, or could soon be, in a similar position.
The European Commission should urgently consider concrete proposals made recently in this sense by the Maltese government.

Introdução de medidas específicas para fazer face à crise da COVID-19 EN


I have voted in favour of the proposed Regulation aiming at introducing specific measures in favour of the poorest to handle the coronavirus pandemic. The main objective is to address the functioning of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) as public authorities and social organisations are facing different challenges.
The current crisis is increasing the risks for vulnerable populations. Confinement and social distancing prevent the distribution of basic material and social support. It becomes more difficult for volunteers to be mobilised.
Thus, protective equipment will be provided for organisations outside of the technical assistance budget. It will be possible for Member States to apply to a co-financing rate of 100% for the accounting year 2020-2021 and more flexibility will be granted with for example alternative schemes of delivery through electronic vouchers to avoid contamination.
It is crucial in this pandemic to be attentive to vulnerable populations, which are not only elderly or homeless people but also those who deeply struggle financially and mentally. A person can become vulnerable if the policy response is inadequate. It is thus key that all vulnerable groups are properly identified. Each Member State has to assess this and fairly support those at the highest risk.

Atribuição de faixas horárias nos aeroportos da Comunidade: normas comuns EN


I have voted in favour of this urgent proposal aimed at dropping the ‘use it or lose it’ rule for airlines’ landing slots in congested airports for a given period this year.
The amendment by which this period, as proposed by the European Commission, was extended in line with the Council’s decision was timely.
Airlines are facing the unprecedented challenges brought by the spread of the corona virus.
The current grounding of most aircraft implies huge losses.
Flying empty in order to respect European rules and not lose slots makes no sense.
Among the worst hit airlines are those that service periphery countries, some of them legacy airlines, whose operations are also aimed at improving the connectivity options for businesses, investors and ordinary citizens.
Such airlines have already been under stress in the past decade, in part because of legacy issues, in part because they suffer from diseconomies of scale.
Their clout in negotiating good slots in major European airports has always been weak.
Yet they still fulfil an important role in supporting the economies (based on tourism and other services) of small and peripheral countries.
The decisions approved in this waiver will protect their position in connecting with European airports.

Medidas específicas para mobilizar investimentos nos sistemas de saúde dos Estados-Membros e em outros setores das suas economias em resposta ao surto de COVID-19 [Iniciativa de Investimento Resposta ao Coronavírus] EN


I voted in favour of the Corona Response Investment Initiative because I believe that it is imperative to deploy meaningfully all available cash reserves held by the Union in this very delicate moment.
The proposal must be implemented with total urgency. With Europe in quasi-lockdown, economic activity is grinding to a halt. Many people are making huge sacrifices to keep going. Therefore, measures must be supported that aim to increase flexibility when EU funds are disbursed to assist economic sectors directly hit by the pandemic we are experiencing.
Further, it is also important to boost investment in health care and in other sectors that are relevant to the containment of the corona virus pandemic. On another tack, I am very satisfied that this Commission proposal also takes into account the damage that fishermen might suffer in the context of a public health crisis.
Clearly, much more needs to be done at an EU level. We are all waiting for encouraging signs from the Union and its Member States that they really are putting all available resources together to sustain the continent’s economy and the health of its people.

Celebração do Acordo de Comércio Livre UE-Vietname (Resolução) (A9-0017/2020 - Geert Bourgeois) EN


I have voted in favour of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement as it is of strategic importance to both parties. I took note of the arguments that the implementation of the agreement should be made conditional on human rights reforms in Vietnam. I acknowledge that there are grounds for genuine concern about the respect of human rights in that country. However, I doubt that trade and investment agreements between developed and developing countries (or unions of countries) provide the right context or tools for the promotion of human rights in developing territories. The exception to this would be labour rights, since trade and investment exchanges cannot be established around production processes that rely on exploitation of workers to achieve economic gain. But it is not clear that extending this condition to the full range of human rights does achieve the aims set for it. Indeed, it is more likely in my view to affect negatively the living standards of low-income families in developing countries, with marginal impact on the ruling elites. Even so, the EU should make a discussion of human rights part of the joint conversation when the implementation of the agreement is being scrutinised.

Objeção nos termos do artigo 112.º do Regimento: Chumbo e seus compostos (B9-0089/2020) EN


I voted in favour of the objection raised in this European Parliament resolution and therefore against the Commission proposal on the recovery of waste PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) that would lead to the carry-over of lead compounds into a new generation of products.
European policy should favour all possible ways of recycling. Yet, such recycling must not put the health of citizens at risk. No economic reasoning can justify such threats. Products containing hazardous waste should simply be phased out rather than be recycled into products to be sold on the market.
That lead is a highly toxic substance is well known. For this reason, lead is on a phase down in the EU due to its serious health impacts. In this background, the proposal to reintroduce this element into consumer products such as pipes, packaging and windows is bizarre to say the least.
For the sake of the circular economy that Europe is trying to embrace, recycled goods need to be of good quality, with high health and environmental standards. Otherwise, consumers would sideline these products, and all efforts in the sector would be totally wasted.

Proposta de mandato de negociação sobre uma nova parceria com o Reino Unido da Grã-Bretanha e da Irlanda do Norte (B9-0098/2020) EN


. ‒ I voted in favour of this resolution that describes the EU’s position in negotiations on a comprehensive partnership between the UK and the EU following Brexit. It covers provisions that go well beyond free trade and investment cooperation. It acknowledges that the EU and the UK will continue to have many interests in common. The Commission is rightly urged to conduct negotiations transparently, through public consultation and dialogue with social partners. Inclusion of national parliaments will too be a key factor.
The proposed mandate contains some very tough positions. At the opening of any negotiation, this is how a mandate should be formulated. However it also confirms and updates the concept of a European state having relations with the EU in the form of a partnership. Some years ago, the concept of a partnership used to be derided in my country, Malta, as meaningless. Not only has this point of view been debunked, but it has become increasingly evident that the EU will continue to develop the partnership framework as the best method by which to maintain deep and close relations with European states that do not aspire to become members of the Union. I welcome this development.