Alfred Sant

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Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “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,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “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,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, March 30, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "we are unprepared... and not just in Europe" External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:16:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The European Parliament has adopted a resolution that describes the EU’s position in negotiations towards a comprehensive partnership between the UK and the EU following Brexit. Some years ago, the concept of a partnership was derided in Malta as meaningless but it has become increasingly evident that the partnership framework will continue to be developed by the EU 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,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, February 28, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “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,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, February 28, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “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” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “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,” External link

gozonews Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “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” External link

timesofmalta Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : "The complexity of rules have hindered efforts to achieve the goal of convergence and should be simplified. The Commission proposals on this issue are worthwhile and should be followed up but they will not get us far" External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Illegal pay discrimination among men and women is still practised in the EU. Companies participating in its persistence are preventing women from being autonomous and independent, denying their empowerment,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “The causes are numerous. Women being the main caregivers of families can explain it, with career breaks and lower hours. Discontinuous careers should be better valued by our societies as this is later reflected in the pension gap and retirement ages. Nevertheless, other causes remain unexplained, linked to gender stereotypes and undervaluation of female-dominated work. This is unacceptable” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:54:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The danger remains that discussion of the tasks that could realistically be achieved by tomorrow is obfuscated by what basically amount to verbiage describing visions about what should be done by next month. Tomorrow’s tasks are then delayed while next month’s vision never becomes reality” External link

gozonews Sunday, January 26, 2020 6:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “One can see little prospects of peace in Libya unless the hidden agendas are made explicit and aligned with the interests of the Libyan people, only they those living in the coastal cities and in the hinterland,” “One can see little prospects of peace in Libya unless the hidden agendas are made explicit and aligned with the interests of the Libyan people, only they those living in the coastal cities and in the hinterland” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "They are being turned into a partisan tug of war, in which the side that wins is most successful in creating political momentum around significant facts, real or fake. There is no care about how such facts are assessed and put into perspective," External link

MaltaToday Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "The European Parliament has relied on a report by a committee one of whose main members is a leading opponent of the Maltese government," External link

MaltaToday Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant wrote : “had every interest to paint everything black” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:44:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In any leadership, one needs to take decisions which rob you of support and friends; decisions which, unless taken, could enable a situation to fester,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, December 2, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant wrote : “We were supposed to have joined the EU after there was a unanimous agreement that in Malta there existed all the necessary safeguards in the running of the country as other members have,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, November 8, 2019 2:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “It is good that this proposal is also being included in the EP’s report. More EU resources need to pour towards ending the isolation of islands when it comes to their energy needs,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, October 25, 2019 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Uncertainty in relation with what the EU committed to finance would also be damaging to the Union’s image as a stable and secure source of funding” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, October 25, 2019 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Uncertainty in relation with what the EU committed to finance would also be damaging to the Union’s image as a stable and secure source of funding,” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “that’s what the computer is showing” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Consumers must be given a serious remedy, not a cosmetic one. It’s not enough to say that the computer is correct,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “MEPs seem to be considered simply as a travel agency,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “More and more educational programmes are needed to carry out this task in well-designed formats to ensure they communicate knowledge not fright” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “One is to raise awareness across the population concerning the incidence of cancer particularly on how it arises and how to watch for it,” External link

gozonews Friday, October 18, 2019 5:22:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant complains : “When I meet Maltese and Gozitans in the street, in clubs, and in shops, I expect them to ask me about my work in Brussels, which controversies I am raising, and which projects I am pushing. Instead, the question that I have to answer for most is when are you going to take us on a trip to Brussels?!!!” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 18, 2019 2:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “So, this Parliament’s resolutions over the years, on the internal affairs of outside countries could be considered an intervention in their electoral politics. Likewise, arguably, the creation of transnational lists for elections to this Parliament. What makes foreign interventions of any kind acceptable? legitimate? legal?” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It has long been practised under different forms, from the setting up of policy institutes in the smaller countries by the parties of large European states, to campaigns waged in foreign media against individual countries, to the escalation that has happened in recent years towards the fraudulent manipulation of soft media on a global scale,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 11, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “So, this Parliament’s resolutions over the years, on the internal affairs of outside countries could be considered an intervention in their electoral politics,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 11, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Likewise, arguably, the creation of transnational lists for elections to this Parliament. What makes foreign interventions of any kind acceptable? Legitimate? Legal?” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 11, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "It is not so usual to get so much applause during a hearing" External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, October 3, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : "Monetary policy by itself cannot respond to the challenge of sustaining growth, creating worthwhile jobs, enhancing competitivity and safeguarding pensions within the euro zone" External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:36:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Their areas of activity relate to niche national markets in which larger banks had scant interest, but they service many SMEs in their home markets which would otherwise struggle to find working capital,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For sectoral arrangements, in emergencies or for relatively limited commerce, arrangements based on private payment systems were accepted. But without the stamp of sovereignty, the creation of money had rarely been tolerated by public authorities” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “But the situation now is completely different. The rules devised then to counter that situation no longer made so much sense today. Still, they bind our member states much more than do those that apply in the US, a federal republic no less, to its constituent members,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Irrespectively of whether Saturday’s demonstration is big or small, I find the aims it is pursuing to be valid and needed, especially when it comes to the moratorium on large construction projects, better regulation of the construction industry, and the safeguarding of our natural environment,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, September 8, 2019 12:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “Coordination that should be operative between the relevant EU entities, including no less, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Committee of the Regions,” “Key roles within these dialogues should clearly be given to those directly representing island interests at an EU level to achieve greener and cleaner energy solutions for islands” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “We have islands that are far ahead on the EU’s energy and climate action objectives,” “Others lack expertise and need to be encouraged to steer their action programmes towards a sustainable and efficient energy supply model” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The necessary balance is missing when it comes to the EU’s one-size-fits-all policy which goes against Malta and Gozo’s interests,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “During the last European Parliament legislature, I managed to secure €10 million for the provision of clean air in small islands like Gozo,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “A concerted effort needs to be done to attract cruise-liners to Gozo when they visit Malta,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Every solution to meet Gozo’s challenges should reflect the need to protect Gozo’s natural and architectural heritage,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This would totally jeopardise Malta's position of full autonomy on tax matters. It would then open the door for proposals like that of Timmermans to push for an 18% minimum corporate tax rate. Weber's position is therefore much more dangerous for Maltese interests than Timmermans' for it will have the backing of the EPP which is likely to be the greatest political family in the EP. The PN has already voted in favour of Weber's position and no doubt will back him again on it in the future,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:32:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This would totally jeopardise Malta's position of full autonomy on tax matters. It would then open the door for proposals like that of Timmermans to push for an 18% minimum corporate tax rate. Weber's position is therefore much more dangerous for Maltese interests than Timmermans' for it will have the backing of the EPP which is likely to be the greatest political family in the EP. The PN has already voted in favour of Weber's position and no doubt will back him again on it in the future,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Since I became an MEP I have always spoken against tax harmonisation in the European Union states as this goes against Malta’s interests,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:07:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This paves the way for tax harmonisation in the EU, which goes against the interests of Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It’s a fact that the European Socialists and a substantial number of MEPs from the European People’s Party agree on tax harmonisation. But the PN MEPs gave their consent to tax harmonisation when voting on this particular resolution. There were a handful of EPP MEPS including the Cypriot Lefteris Christoforu that voted against and Brian Hayes, former Irish foreign Minister, who abstained. The Maltese Labour delegation including myself, Miriam Dalli and Marlene Mizzi voted against,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We are at a point today where the insect population can be decimated. This is where environmentalists and hunters can come together,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, May 3, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “Europe must create a more sustainable society which brings equal opportunities to all Europeans, leaving no one behind,” External link

gozonews Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Equal opportunities must be provided by Europe to all, securing a good life for all European citizens, regardless of where they live,” “Young people across Europe need decent jobs in their home region” External link

gozonews Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant argued : “they need access to proper healthcare and education systems. It is not acceptable that workers who struggled all their life to earn a living, then have to struggle to make ends meet when they retire from work” “If I have the support of the electorate, I will continue to push for a coordinated increase in the national minimum wage across Europe, according to each country’s circumstances,” External link

gozonews Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I will continue to focus on matters related to Gozitan interests such as EU funding for Gozo but beyond that too, matters related to project financing for farmers, SMEs and artisanal initiatives in Gozo. One major aim would be to ensure that as much as possible, EU policies for the single market, do not end as one size fits all exercise,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “Digital ventures, financial services, artisanal and farming enterprises, health services could all be targeted to reverse depopulation in Gozo, both when the national economy is performing healthily and when it is weak,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This will be my last political campaign,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We must counter with truth the mudslinging campaign at the European Parliament,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For Europe, what is essential should be that Libya does not end up as a foyer for terrorism we should support all efforts undertaken in good faith to allow all forces in Libya that represent genuine interests to have voice and reach,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The talents and initiatives we have in Gozo are impressive. These talents appear in the fields of finance, manufacturing, tourism, construction, art, and culture,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, April 15, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The talents and initiatives we have in Gozo are impressive. These talents appear in the fields of finance, manufacturing, tourism, construction, art, and culture,” External link

gozonews Friday, April 12, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Gozo suffers from major drawbacks due to its double insularity,” External link

gozonews Friday, April 12, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Those who keep harping at the European Parliament on the supposed need of the rule of law in Malta are unwittingly opening the road to abortion in the Maltese Islands” External link

gozonews Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "What have you done to prevent Malta from becoming a tax haven that puts in question the fight against financial crime and terrorism in the EU? What have you done to prevent e-gambling and cryptocurrency and the two members of your government involved in the Panama Papers scandal?" External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Factually incorrect and skewed accusations are being made about Malta, so that so-called inquiries could be launched. Repeatedly, investigations of this type seek to tarnish the image of the island,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, March 25, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “During Malta’s history along the centuries, the Maltese community always had a choice between building an autonomous national life or joining a larger entity,” ”As a concept, in reality there is not much of a difference between Malta accession to the European Union and Integration,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 25, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "The Nationalist Party welcomed consumerism and privatisation and this corrupted it from the inside, almost ripped it in two, into the old elitist part and the liberal part. The PN will either break in two or the party's profile will be permanently damaged," External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 22, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Caruana Galizia ) : "I believe that the government was too timid, or at least it underestimated the attacks that came from each direction following the Panama leaks and the the murder of Caruana Galizia. It should have been more assertive and charismatic, especially since there was a strong movement to label Malta as a tax haven," External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 22, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about Solutions ) : “Solutions for connectivity between Gozo and Malta should reflect the needs of Gozitans living in Gozo while protecting the natural beauty of Gozo and Malta,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 18, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The best solution for fast connectivity between the two islands would have been a subsidised extensive fast ferry service. Unfortunately this project has been caught in legal court procedures,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, March 18, 2019 11:07:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Gozitan and Maltese livestock farmers need the full support of the Maltese government to ensure continuity of their operations in milk production which have been facing unbalanced competition since Malta joined the EU,” External link

gozonews Saturday, March 16, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant Said : “It is likely that a request for extension of the Brexit negotiations will soon materialise,” External link

gozonews Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about British ) : “The ongoing controversies within the British political system, will not help,” “Using the possible extension to push for a second referendum could push the country towards more chaos” External link

gozonews Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the next five years we must ensure that European decisions must benefit Gozo as much as they do for the European larger countries,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant explained : “This will compensate for Gozo’s double insularity,” “It’s vital to implement every available opportunity to create wealth in Gozo and encourage Gozitan youth to seek proposals for investments in Gozo” External link

gozonews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Gozo was not recognised as a region when Malta negotiated its EU accession,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Other European countries have been granting EU citizenship to non-EU nationals for obscure and unpublicised reasons, with no accountability at all at a European level. No one ever criticised them in the European Parliament for this practice,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 1, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is not a good idea, but that is how it works. I do not like it. But that is how it works” External link

timesofmalta Sunday, February 17, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is not a good idea, but that is how it works. I do not like it. But that is how it works” External link

timesofmalta Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “certain local political forces have obstructed and will continue to harm the Maltese Government in Europe” “We should prevent them from continuing to do so. The electorate should vote for all the Labour candidates to ensure another victory for all Maltese and Gozitans,” External link

gozonews Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As my colleagues at S&D well know, I am completely against the ideas that have been launched in the S&D ‘fair tax’ study that they have commissioned and just published,” External link

timesofmalta Tuesday, February 5, 2019 8:55:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about President Trump ) : “I cannot endorse such an administration. Neither though, can I bless an Opposition that has been over the years, thoroughly intransigent, ready to sabotage the actions of a legitimate government, and now openly trades with President Trump for his help to take over the state,” External link

timesofmalta Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The European Parliament has no legal standing to recognize or not the sovereign and diplomatic status of governments... Nor should it seek to achieve such a standing, despite the empty and absurd claim that it will have been the first EU institution to take a definitive stand on Venezuela. It is meaningless for this Parliament to express definitive judgements on a situation as complex as in that country,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Hugo Chavez ) : “During the resulting struggle, the Chavez and then Maduro governments committed huge mistakes, became unacceptably authoritarian, delivered for a while on their social promises, but ran the market-based economy into the ground. Allegations of corruption abound,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about President Trump ) : “I cannot endorse such an administration. Neither though, can I bless an Opposition that has been over the years, thoroughly intransigent, ready to sabotage the actions of a legitimate government, and now openly trades with President Trump for his help to take over the state,” External link

timesofmalta Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “According to a report by the European Commission highlights dissatisfaction with working life and degrading job conditions among young people in Europe,” “Lack of security, precarious work and the exploitation of young people in the digital sector are all signs that demonstrate that much needs to be done on the regulation of work conditions in Europe” External link

gozonews Saturday, January 26, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “A report by the European Commissoin highlights dissatisfaction with working life and degrading job conditions among young people in Europe,” “Lack of security, precarious work and the exploitation of young people in the digital sector are all signs that demonstrate that much needs to be done on the regulation of work conditions in Europe” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Though the EU is managed with good intentions, it must care more about those carrying the burdens caused by its own decisions,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Don’t you think that the time has come to think outside the box when considering how eurozone rules are playing out?” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We have economic and financial stability maybe, but is this leading to social and perhaps political instability?” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This is definitely not in the interest of small EU states like Ireland and Malta, who to date are in control of their sovereignty on taxation,” “Tax competition is the best tool that small EU states like Malta can use to compensate for the disadvantages they face vis-à-vis the larger EU continental member states like Germany and France” External link

MaltaToday Monday, January 21, 2019 5:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the case of Latvia, the European Commission is carrying monitoring activities and several letters have been sent to the anti-money laundering authorities. It has also requested a breach of Union law investigation from the EBA. Latvian ABLV had around $4.6 billion in assets, handled transactions valued at tens of billions of dollars in offshore jurisdictions,” “In the case of Malta, argued the Maltese MEP, the European Commission had requested preliminary enquiries that lasted two years as well as on-site investigations. It further requested the FIAU to meet and to provide with additional information. It also asked the Maltese authorities to take a number of measures, questioning its methodology, strategy, ability to react as well as its processes for inspections” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “But similar arguments would apply for investment in non-defence sectors – All or basic sciences research. The appetite for this has been less than evident,” External link

gozonews Friday, January 11, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “2019 can be just as difficult a year for Europe as 2018 has been,” “The real fundamental problem has been that though in recent years Europe has experienced economic growth, inequalities and social unfairness have increased. They are undermining solidarity within nations and between nations” External link

gozonews Saturday, January 5, 2019 1:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “But they are trying to do this through the back door by emphasising terms like security, which overlaps with migration and terrorism, things that are of great interest to countries like Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The efforts are disparate and built on the contingent wishes of individual member states,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Emanuel Macron ) : “It is now being done piecemeal with Macron being forced to promise it in France and the Spanish prime minister also suggesting it for next year,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “While we cannot say no to measures to combat tax avoidance and evasion, I can’t accept tax harmonisation because that will wipe out the financial services sector in Malta and would put at a disadvantage economies that are on the periphery of Europe,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am here because I was invited by the prime minister to contest the MEP elections and in the same way I would like to urge him to continue his mandate as prime minister,” External link

timesofmalta Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:08:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am here [as a an MEP candidate] because the Prime Minister asked me to contest again. I now urge him to stay on and see through his mandate as Prime Minister,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:53:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “There is not enough social justice and ordinary citizens are feeling the pinch for us socialists we have to continue saying that the best value should remain social justice. Malta must come first and foremost but most of all we should put the ordinary people first,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:53:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "Now they have grabbed the opportunity to level the same accusations at the Maltese government and pay back the S&D in which Labour MEPs play an active role," External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "These Maltese should be ashamed of themselves for circulating texts aimed at poisoning political groups at the European Parliament. The only exception are the Socialists and Democrats (S&D). I referred to the situation in Malta in a meeting of the S&D Bureau and the S&D group of MEPs. The damage could be incurred on Maltese and Gozitan citizens and workers who are benefitting from the wealth created in Malta during the tenure of the last two Labour Governments. These Maltese are spreading damaging arguments which are harming Malta and its citizens. This damage could be irreperable," External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Malta has proven itself in the past as a proud and brave nation. Frank Engel from the EPP told parliament, the socialists in particular, that they were not asserting that the rule of law hadn’t collapsed after Caruana Galizia's death, but a long time before and that it was a consequence of the collapse, and the privatisation of state institutions. Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said that in order to remain strong action must be taken by Parliament according to facts and due process, or it would lose its credibility. "A brutal assassination has taken place and justice needs to be done,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "he was the man who helped me, encouraged me and took care of me when my health took a big blow," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "I hope I have the same courage if I am in his position," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "Thank you for everything, my friend," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant pointed out : “the French Government wants internet giants operating in Europe to pay tax where value is created – a turnover tax” External link

gozonews Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:25:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Through an internal audit trade on VAT one can see the turnover of different companies. The value added to the economy is traceable on the basis of profits,” External link

gozonews Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:25:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “A strong Europe is in everyone’s interests, but a federal Europe will silence the voice of these small member states, including Malta,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, October 8, 2017 8:47:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked ( about Commission ) : “Based on the dominant position that Ryanair has acquired in the last years over a huge number of air traffic routes in Europe, as well as the way the referred mass cancellation policy will impact various Member States of the EU, what kind of action is the European Commission preparing to take towards Ryanair?” External link

gozonews Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added ( about British ) : “the tone of the British proposals will harden the position of some member states, especially in Eastern Europe, which initially would have been quite sympathetic to Brexit” External link

gozonews Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “Each side will be making its calculations to go forward. At the moment it looks like Europe is making these calculations as a block, which it is, but when the time comes for the details there will be different perspectives as well,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “The UK might not get its way on this one, but on the other hand there are other things up for discussion, like the financial settlement, like Ireland, like all the other points that relate to the financial services, security and terrorism,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It might make sense to open the discussion about the future of Europe with a discussion about its past, its history. Frequently I get the feeling, in this Parliament and elsewhere, that such discussions too often take exclusively an ideological perspective – that of pilgrims intent on reaching the new Jerusalem,” “Moreover they get bound to technocratic approaches that are grounded in neoliberalism. Even the social dimension when it is included, gets relegated to a policy chapter, calibrated in positivist terms” External link

gozonews Friday, March 3, 2017 11:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It might make sense to open the discussion about the future of Europe with a discussion about its past, its history. Frequently I get the feeling, in this Parliament and elsewhere, that such discussions too often take exclusively an ideological perspective that of pilgrims intent on reaching the new Jerusalem,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 3, 2017 8:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The flexibility of member states in setting their tax policies has to be confirmed. There should be concern about a competition policy that is administered through an agency which defines such policy, investigates alleged breaches, and itself decides on them, with the power to set fines,” External link

gozonews Friday, February 24, 2017 4:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “During this mandate, the need is arising to highlight new precautionary signals. Given the ongoing current political and economic changes, in Europe and beyond, competition policy needs to be kept under constant review. If Europe is going to be more Catholic than the Pope, it risks losing competitive edge on a global scale,” External link

gozonews Friday, February 24, 2017 4:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “These divergences have to be first of all recognised and corrected through a new political agreement,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Unfortunately the current exercise amounts to one in which the cart is being put before the horse. I cannot support it,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Effective treatment is now available. A positive result is no longer a death sentence but a path to lifelong treatment. In fact, today we talk of people living with HIV just as we talk of people living with diabetes. But still the stigma persists. Many believe that HIV infection is a self-inflicted shame. We need to fight that stigma,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:56:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “People who test positive need the full support of a professional team including psychological support. We need to develop enhanced tests which are fast, reliable and affordable,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:56:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “The Fiscal Pact has not solved long term problems of the eurozone and should be submitted for a new and democratic discussion before it becomes part of the Treaties of the European Union. All local and national representatives across the EU should be invited to carry out an assessment of the real impact of the Fiscal Compact,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Before deciding to include the Fiscal Compact in the EU Treaties, and regardless of such a step, we need to ask ourselves some hard questions. With our national Parliaments, we must create a discussion, a dialogue, about the real significance of the results obtained, the results claimed, for the fiscal compact. Have its rules really been instrumental in saving the eurozone? Are they still relevant today in their existing format?” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “The report is very comprehensive, covering all areas of social policy. We need to set priorities to it: mine would be in labour laws and social security; education; pensions. The reality is that the principles guiding economic management in the EU are, as a matter of policy, constrained by neo-liberal perspectives Especially in the eurozone, this has led to decisions that place the social burdens of economic strategies on workers and the least well off, thereby flagrantly contradicting what used to be considered as the European social model. One now therefore must doubt whether a commitment to a European pillar of social rights can be long-lasting,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “These interests cover economic, political, social, cultural and security matters. Promoting an ongoing cohesive and collaborative approach towards cooperation in such areas should again be given full priority by the EU,” External link

gozonews Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Economic and social developments in Malta over the past twelve months were positive, I would dare say, very positive. We should be satisfied with these achievements, even more because the prospects for the new year look also very positive. Unfortuntaley the same cannot be said about Europe. During this year uncertainties, let’s not call them crises, dominated Europe. Uncertainty prevailed on the economy, immigration, terrorism, Brexit, relations with Russia and now even with the United States. These events may look distanced from our daily lives, but should interest us because being a member state, events in the EU will definitely affect Malta and our daily lives,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "I wish all Maltese and Gozitan families a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Maltese Labour MEPs will continue to follow developments in Europe which can leave their marks on Malta and Gozo and ensure that in each instance, Maltese and Gozitan interests are safeguarded” External link

gozonews Friday, December 23, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “During this year uncertainties, let’s not call them crises, dominated Europe. Uncertainty prevailed on the economy, immigration, terrorism, Brexit, relations with Russia and now even with the United States. These events may look distanced from our daily lives, but should interest us because being a member state, events in the EU will definitely affect Malta and our daily lives,” External link

gozonews Friday, December 23, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I wish all Maltese and Gozitan families a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year,” External link

gozonews Friday, December 23, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “All of us here are in democratic politics. Which means that the ultimate test of what we try to achieve happens when people vote in elections or referenda. The thrust of what we have been saying here and elsewhere up to now is that we need more of the same, in application of Stability and Growth Pace (SGP) rules that we all subscribe to. No matter what is being done on this basis, it is too complex for the ordinary citizen to be able to follow, too abstract for him or her to comprehend. Understandably, you would prefer that we look at the half of the glass that is full. But voters disagree,” External link

gozonews Wednesday, December 21, 2016 1:14:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Decisions taken by the European Union in the next two and a half years may not be in Malta’s interests. Malta will be affected directly if the EU becomes a military union, due to the island’s geographical position on the borders of the EU. Malta’s Constitution prohibits Malta to join military alliances but irrespective of this we must understand whether it is in our interests that the EU becomes a military union,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, November 28, 2016 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The elderly are uncertain about their pensions, youths and workers face bleak prospects in the world of work. Where will this stagnation lead to? Discontent is spreading across Europe and those who have nothing to lose are distancing themselves from the traditional political parties and identifying themselves with far right parties. Europe is falling behind economically and socially and is not meeting citizens’ expectations,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, November 28, 2016 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Malta is a neutral country. Its constitution prohibits participation in military alliances and in international cooperative efforts promoting warfare capabilities and exercises, unless backed by the UN,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, November 25, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I disagree that at this time especially, the EU should reinforce a military dimension to its character,” “This move might appear suitable to counter the supposedly disintegrating effects of Brexit. It could have the opposite effect. There is no popular constituency for a European Union that morphs into a military coalition, funded from EU budgetary resources” External link

MaltaToday Friday, November 25, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is counterproductive to refer to Brexit and the Trump election as a sign of the times that justifies reconsideration of policies followed under European Semester rules. These rules were defined technically, even when sometimes, they were interpreted politically. They helped prevent a recurrence of 2008 but they have not led to a stable, significant and sustainable recovery in Europe. They failed technically and this is generating a political backlash,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, November 23, 2016 1:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Why has it taken so long to arrive at the present stage, when there were no contrary pressures to the conclusion of negotiations? Were there hidden difficulties and reservations involved?” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "Gozo lacks the strategic need to be governed as a region," "Government has already acknowledged this by stating it will be focusing on its regionality in this year's Budget speech" External link

gozonews Monday, October 31, 2016 10:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “This investment dearth does not relate only to the eurozone. It also relates to the capitalist economy model and the global capitalist economy as a whole, especially the US,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, October 14, 2016 8:18:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “The Union’s income will suffer a sizeable shortfall with the disappearance of the UK’s net contribution. What will the implications of this be, for ongoing and future EU projects? What will be the dimensions of the shortfall, seen from a purely accounting perspective? And from an operational one? How can this deficit be countered?” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:37:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : "The Union's income will suffer a sizable shortfall with the disappearance of the UK's net contribution. What will the implications of this be, for ongoing and future EU projects? What will be the dimensions of the shortfall, seen from a purely accounting perspective? And from an operational one? How can this deficit be countered?" External link

gozonews Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : "These questions in no way prejudice the conduct of future Brexit negotiations. They relate to the available options for internal reorganisation of the EU post Brexit. Misinformation about this may be contributing to ongoing uncertainties as much as the wait for Brexit negotiations to start. Deep background provided publicly as of now by the Commission and/or Council about the scale of the challenges and problems in this regard would help dampen such uncertainties," External link

gozonews Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “The Council, acting in the name of democratically elected governments, unanimously agreed to endorse his nomination,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, September 30, 2016 8:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "he was not convinced that when the European Parliament seeks to censure the actions of governments of member states, it is following comparable methods of assessment and applying principles to situations in a transparent and fair manner" External link

gozonews Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : “I must admit I was surprised with the message issued today by the Leader of the Nationalist Delegation at the European Parliament when he stated that if Mr Leo Brincat pursues his candidature for the European Court of Auditors, this would be an affront to the European Parliament,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This is what precisely Mr Leo Brincat is doing; he is following Mr Casa’s advice. It is not fair that we say something when we are face to face, and something different when we speak in the public,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : “The S&D Group voted in its vast majority in favour of Brincat’s nomination. There was unanimous agreement that the S&D vote would be in favour of Brincat and no one objected to this decision,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 7:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “This is precisely what Leo Brincat is doing: he is following Casa’s advice. It’s unfair to say one thing in private and state the opposite in public,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 7:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant claimed : "Mr Casa told me ‘Leo Brincat should not repeat Dr Toni Abela’s “mistake” and should not bind himself with the vote at the European Parliament.’" External link

timesofmalta Monday, September 19, 2016 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "No one aired any objection to this decision," External link

timesofmalta Monday, September 19, 2016 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : "Leo Brincat's vote reminded him of when thirty years ago as President of the Labour Party he witnessed a campaign of misinformation by the Nationalist Opposition at the European Council aimed at denigrating the Maltese Government and Malta's image abroad" External link

gozonews Monday, September 19, 2016 12:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "But the Brexit result eventually brought about the postponement of Mr Brincat's hearing after the Summer Recess. It was during this period that MEPs were given damaging information linking Mr Brincat to the Panama scandal," "It was clear during the first vote that the EPP had changed their attitude towards Leo Brincat" External link

gozonews Monday, September 19, 2016 12:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “So much so that Mr Casa had organised meetings between Leo Brincat and various EPP MEPs,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : “But the Brexit result eventually brought about the postponement of Brincat’s hearing after the summer recess. It was during this period that MEPs were given damaging information linking Brincat to the Panama scandal,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In fact, it has stonewalled all motions in the EP which go in the direction of a censure on Juncker’s record. There can be no comparison between the facts regarding the Panama papers scandal (in which he personally had no mention) as attached to Leo Brincat’s nomination, and the very serious facts that are attached to Junckerm,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, September 16, 2016 1:38:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Even if with their position, they embarrassed their government and eventually brought it down, he should welcome them back in the PN fold with open arms, while recognizing their right if they get the opportunity, and the call arises in future, to repeat what they did in the past,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, September 16, 2016 1:38:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Should this not be a matter of concern?” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:03:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : "Should this not be a matter of concern?" External link

gozonews Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:17:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Up to not so long ago, we were told that some of the bigger problems smes were facing when setting out new projects, arose from the rigidity that banks applied to their requests for loans and other facilities,” “Alternative explanations now claim that the real problem is reduced demand which motivates nobody to invest in new ventures, least of all smes. My own personal feedback from smes is that the problem is still the rigidity of bank credit, which in Europe, no matter what we say and wish about a capital markets union, remains the most important avenue to project financing available to smes” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:03:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We are told that the only viable way forward is by promoting ‘more’ Europe,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about British ) : “Waiting till the situation stabilizes before the leave process takes off, will not affect the current state of uncertainty, and is in the fundamental interests of European, including British, working peoplem,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This should be consolidation and a total insistence on giving priorities to growth policies in Europe. Moreover the approach defined by the resolution will play into the hands of forces who will see in it multiple opportunities to call new referenda,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “What the EU needs to do is consolidate its operations and present them in a way that can be understood and appreciated by people "on the ground". However we have been saying this time after time and what happens is that after all this has been repeated over and over, business in Brussels goes on as usual,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:39:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "In the rest of the EU, the temptation will again be that of giving the UK a hard deal to deter further exits from the Union, and to relaunch a process of further strengthening union rules. Both temptations will need to be resisted since eventually they will spark further anti-EU sentiment and lead to much confusion about the proper responses to immigration and terror," External link

gozonews Monday, June 27, 2016 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “From the beginning I wanted to be a substitute member on these committees for technical reasons. A substitute member has the same rights as regular members and will be posted and involved on all developments, from beginning till the end” External link

MaltaToday Friday, June 24, 2016 11:42:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “From the beginning I wanted to be a substitute member on these committees for technical reasons. A substitute member has the same rights as regular members and will be posted and involved on all developments, from beginning till the end,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, June 24, 2016 10:41:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “I s it not appropriate that the fight against poverty be given total priority in the formulation of C ountry Specific Recommendations (C SRs with a view to at least not allowing poverty in Europe to become an accepted state of affairs? ” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked ( about Alfred Sant ) : “D oes any prospect exist of r edesigning the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) process to ensure that national parliaments become an integral and organic part of the adoption process in a meaningful way? Referring to investment, Dr Sant said that Macroeconomic reasons have played a role in depressing both private long-term investments and public ones . ‘M ore attention should be paid to the microeconomic obstacles to investment But will this be enough? I doubt it. Despite the European Fund for Strategic Investment (E FSI ) and despite the structural funds, the big investment gap both at public and private levels has become endemic in the single market. The Maltese MEP said t here is a consensus across the political spectrum about the need to enhance investment. Do you agree that we need new policy proposals in the pipeline that would really help to increase private and public investment across Europe? ” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We then need to coordinate efforts at a national level that try to contain the causes of homlessness as they arise locally, and those that follow from the free movement of workers and people within the European singlemarket,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, June 17, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "A related policy area in Eurozone management to which ECON attaches priority is the full development of a banking union, considered crucial if in future, the zone is going to avert another crisis where states become liable for unsustainable bank exposures in order to avoid financial chaos. Here, the crunch issue has become the introduction of the third pillar of banking union, in the form of a deposit insurance scheme at Eurozone level," "These to me would appear to be the top priorities. Naturally, other ECON members could have a different ranking and/or a longer list of major goals. For instance, some could claim that in order to ensure democratic accountability, it is important to get ECON's participation well established in the eurozone's financial salvage operations, such as the one for Greece, or in the monitoring of deficits in national budgets" External link

gozonews Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “I am among those who are very disappointed with the outcomes of EFSI’s first year. The Commission’s euphoria about the results cannot be reconciled with the reality. But I am unsurprised things have turned out this way. The financial fundamentals of EFSI, based on relatively insignificant ‘own’ funds, levered extensively through guarantees to surpass €300 billion with private capital, militate against a choice of projects considered by markets as having low-payoffs or too risky,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, June 13, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am among those who are very disappointed with the outcomes of EFSI’s first year,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, June 13, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The claim is that some low risk, long-term infrastructural projects launched by EFSI would have featured as an EIB project otherwise. Similarly projects have been concentrated in infrastructural areas which can only be considered as ‘safe’. For them, non-EFSI finance could easily have been found,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, June 13, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For these economies, taxation policy, which they still control, is the only real tool left by which to retain flexibility for competitive purposes. All others they have given up; customs protection, budgetary flexibility in public budgeting, the setting of VAT and excise, state aid policy, exchange rate. Moves towards harmonisation of income and profit taxes will only further undermine their competitiveness,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, June 13, 2016 9:17:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "It seems to me that the proposals made in this report open the door fully to further follow-ups that can only lead to tax harmonisation within the EU. With this I cannot agree, for it would serve to increase the growing structural divergences between the central EU economy and the small peripheral economies of the Union," "For these economies, taxation policy (which they still control) is the only real tool left by which to retain flexibility for competitive purposes. All others they have given up (customs protection, budgetary flexibility in public budgeting, the setting of VAT and excise, state aid policy, exchange rate). Moves towards harmonisation of income and profit taxes will only further undermine their competitiveness" External link

gozonews Friday, June 10, 2016 1:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For these economies, taxation policy, which they still control, is the only real tool left by which to retain flexibility for competitive purposes. All others they have given up, customs protection, budgetary flexibility in public budgeting, the setting of VAT and excise, state aid policy, exchange rate. Moves towards harmonisation of income and profit taxes will only further undermine their competitiveness,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, June 10, 2016 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “Presumably, they did this following a few minutes of deliberations from the distance of Brussels and with scant knowledge of the Maltese context. Surely, decisions such as this place the European Parliament in a very bad light, at a time when European institutions are being seen as too distant, overpowering and elitist by many voters in our member states a problem which I know, is a source of deep concern to you. I would appreciated your views on the above” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, June 8, 2016 7:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "Presumably, they did this following a few minutes of deliberations from the distance of Brussels and with scant knowledge of the Maltese context. Surely, decisions such as this place the European Parliament in a very bad light, at a time when European institutions are being seen as too distant, overpowering and elitist by many voters in our member states – a problem which I know, is a source of deep concern to you. I would appreciated your views on the above," External link

gozonews Monday, June 6, 2016 12:36:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “Presumably, they did this following a few minutes of deliberations from the distance of Brussels and with scant knowledge of the Maltese context. Surely, decisions such as this place the European Parliament in a very bad light, at a time when European institutions are being seen as too distant, overpowering and elitist by many voters in our member states a problem which I know, is a source of deep concern to you. I would appreciated your views on the above” External link

timesofmalta Monday, June 6, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : "Immigration was and still is a big problem, the same thing happens in Malta. We see that with a very small influx of migrants we can get distabilised…one has to be pragmatic – one has to take the solutions that are available," External link

gozonews Friday, June 3, 2016 9:26:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "If it is to survive as a healthy and profitable economic activity, farming in Gozo needs creative action that within the respect of EU rules, seeks to make agricultural production flexible, while protecting it against unfair competition," External link

gozonews Friday, May 20, 2016 1:17:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Structural reforms are necessary, but they should not mean an erosion of the European social model,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Structural reforms are necessary, but they should not mean an erosion of the European social model,” External link

euractiv-en Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:43:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant replied : “the answer remains like it always has been - too much political capital has been expended, on left and right, in too many countries for the leaders of eurozone countries not to go on keeping it going as best as they can” External link

timesofmalta Friday, March 6, 2015 8:48:00 PM EAT



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prime minister18.85%EN11/15/201715/11/2017
minister10.91%EN11/15/201715/11/2017
labour leader2.03%EN11/07/201707/11/2017
former labour leader2.03%EN11/07/201707/11/2017
Leader1.29%EN11/07/201707/11/2017
leader23.29%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
labour mep2.96%EN06/15/201715/06/2017
labour party mep0.37%EN06/12/201712/06/2017
former labour prime minister2.59%EN03/29/201729/03/2017
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head of the labour0.92%EN02/22/201722/02/2017
maltese labour mep0.18%EN02/18/201718/02/2017
head of labour0.18%EN01/18/201718/01/2017
député européen0.18%FR01/03/201703/01/2017
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head0.74%EN09/20/201620/09/2016
labour party leader0.18%EN09/15/201615/09/2016
premier0.55%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
socialist0.37%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
candidate2.40%EN05/26/201426/05/2014
former prime minister2.77%EN11/15/201315/11/2013
predecessor0.55%EN12/28/201228/12/2012
Names Lang Count
Alfred SantEN53.04%
Alfred SantMT15.43%
Alfred SantFR10.69%
Alfred SantNL10.42%
Alfred SantEU10.42%


 
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Joseph Muscat said ( about Alfred Sant ) : “Malta needs Alfred Sant. Alfred has the experience and the vision to represent Malta at the European Parliament. We cannot afford to lose his presence at the European Parliament. I believe that his contribution towards the well being of Malta is invaluable. Alfred doesn’t need endorsements, he doesn’t need anyone to speak about his qualities. I followed his interventions at the European Parliament to defend Malta, to defend me personally, to defend the Labour Party and above all to defend Malta. I wish him many more years of work because Malta needs him,” External link

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Joseph Muscat said ( about Alfred Sant ) : “Malta needs Alfred Sant. Alfred has the experience and the vision to represent Malta at the European Parliament. We cannot afford to lose his presence at the European Parliament... I followed his interventions at the European Parliament to defend Malta, to defend me personally, to defend the Labour Party and above all to defend Malta,” External link

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Alfred Sant asked ( about Alfred Sant ) : “D oes any prospect exist of r edesigning the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) process to ensure that national parliaments become an integral and organic part of the adoption process in a meaningful way? Referring to investment, Dr Sant said that Macroeconomic reasons have played a role in depressing both private long-term investments and public ones . ‘M ore attention should be paid to the microeconomic obstacles to investment But will this be enough? I doubt it. Despite the European Fund for Strategic Investment (E FSI ) and despite the structural funds, the big investment gap both at public and private levels has become endemic in the single market. The Maltese MEP said t here is a consensus across the political spectrum about the need to enhance investment. Do you agree that we need new policy proposals in the pipeline that would really help to increase private and public investment across Europe? ” External link

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Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “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,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “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,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, March 30, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "we are unprepared... and not just in Europe" External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:16:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The European Parliament has adopted a resolution that describes the EU’s position in negotiations towards a comprehensive partnership between the UK and the EU following Brexit. Some years ago, the concept of a partnership was derided in Malta as meaningless but it has become increasingly evident that the partnership framework will continue to be developed by the EU 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,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, February 28, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “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,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, February 28, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “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” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “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,” External link

gozonews Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “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” External link

timesofmalta Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : "The complexity of rules have hindered efforts to achieve the goal of convergence and should be simplified. The Commission proposals on this issue are worthwhile and should be followed up but they will not get us far" External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Illegal pay discrimination among men and women is still practised in the EU. Companies participating in its persistence are preventing women from being autonomous and independent, denying their empowerment,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “The causes are numerous. Women being the main caregivers of families can explain it, with career breaks and lower hours. Discontinuous careers should be better valued by our societies as this is later reflected in the pension gap and retirement ages. Nevertheless, other causes remain unexplained, linked to gender stereotypes and undervaluation of female-dominated work. This is unacceptable” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:54:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The danger remains that discussion of the tasks that could realistically be achieved by tomorrow is obfuscated by what basically amount to verbiage describing visions about what should be done by next month. Tomorrow’s tasks are then delayed while next month’s vision never becomes reality” External link

gozonews Sunday, January 26, 2020 6:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “One can see little prospects of peace in Libya unless the hidden agendas are made explicit and aligned with the interests of the Libyan people, only they those living in the coastal cities and in the hinterland,” “One can see little prospects of peace in Libya unless the hidden agendas are made explicit and aligned with the interests of the Libyan people, only they those living in the coastal cities and in the hinterland” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "They are being turned into a partisan tug of war, in which the side that wins is most successful in creating political momentum around significant facts, real or fake. There is no care about how such facts are assessed and put into perspective," External link

MaltaToday Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "The European Parliament has relied on a report by a committee one of whose main members is a leading opponent of the Maltese government," External link

MaltaToday Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant wrote : “had every interest to paint everything black” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:44:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In any leadership, one needs to take decisions which rob you of support and friends; decisions which, unless taken, could enable a situation to fester,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, December 2, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant wrote : “We were supposed to have joined the EU after there was a unanimous agreement that in Malta there existed all the necessary safeguards in the running of the country as other members have,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, November 8, 2019 2:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “It is good that this proposal is also being included in the EP’s report. More EU resources need to pour towards ending the isolation of islands when it comes to their energy needs,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, October 25, 2019 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Uncertainty in relation with what the EU committed to finance would also be damaging to the Union’s image as a stable and secure source of funding” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, October 25, 2019 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Uncertainty in relation with what the EU committed to finance would also be damaging to the Union’s image as a stable and secure source of funding,” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “that’s what the computer is showing” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Consumers must be given a serious remedy, not a cosmetic one. It’s not enough to say that the computer is correct,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “MEPs seem to be considered simply as a travel agency,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “More and more educational programmes are needed to carry out this task in well-designed formats to ensure they communicate knowledge not fright” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “One is to raise awareness across the population concerning the incidence of cancer particularly on how it arises and how to watch for it,” External link

gozonews Friday, October 18, 2019 5:22:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant complains : “When I meet Maltese and Gozitans in the street, in clubs, and in shops, I expect them to ask me about my work in Brussels, which controversies I am raising, and which projects I am pushing. Instead, the question that I have to answer for most is when are you going to take us on a trip to Brussels?!!!” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 18, 2019 2:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “So, this Parliament’s resolutions over the years, on the internal affairs of outside countries could be considered an intervention in their electoral politics. Likewise, arguably, the creation of transnational lists for elections to this Parliament. What makes foreign interventions of any kind acceptable? legitimate? legal?” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It has long been practised under different forms, from the setting up of policy institutes in the smaller countries by the parties of large European states, to campaigns waged in foreign media against individual countries, to the escalation that has happened in recent years towards the fraudulent manipulation of soft media on a global scale,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 11, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “So, this Parliament’s resolutions over the years, on the internal affairs of outside countries could be considered an intervention in their electoral politics,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 11, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Likewise, arguably, the creation of transnational lists for elections to this Parliament. What makes foreign interventions of any kind acceptable? Legitimate? Legal?” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 11, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "It is not so usual to get so much applause during a hearing" External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, October 3, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : "Monetary policy by itself cannot respond to the challenge of sustaining growth, creating worthwhile jobs, enhancing competitivity and safeguarding pensions within the euro zone" External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:36:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Their areas of activity relate to niche national markets in which larger banks had scant interest, but they service many SMEs in their home markets which would otherwise struggle to find working capital,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For sectoral arrangements, in emergencies or for relatively limited commerce, arrangements based on private payment systems were accepted. But without the stamp of sovereignty, the creation of money had rarely been tolerated by public authorities” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “But the situation now is completely different. The rules devised then to counter that situation no longer made so much sense today. Still, they bind our member states much more than do those that apply in the US, a federal republic no less, to its constituent members,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Irrespectively of whether Saturday’s demonstration is big or small, I find the aims it is pursuing to be valid and needed, especially when it comes to the moratorium on large construction projects, better regulation of the construction industry, and the safeguarding of our natural environment,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, September 8, 2019 12:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “Coordination that should be operative between the relevant EU entities, including no less, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Committee of the Regions,” “Key roles within these dialogues should clearly be given to those directly representing island interests at an EU level to achieve greener and cleaner energy solutions for islands” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “We have islands that are far ahead on the EU’s energy and climate action objectives,” “Others lack expertise and need to be encouraged to steer their action programmes towards a sustainable and efficient energy supply model” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The necessary balance is missing when it comes to the EU’s one-size-fits-all policy which goes against Malta and Gozo’s interests,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “During the last European Parliament legislature, I managed to secure €10 million for the provision of clean air in small islands like Gozo,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “A concerted effort needs to be done to attract cruise-liners to Gozo when they visit Malta,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Every solution to meet Gozo’s challenges should reflect the need to protect Gozo’s natural and architectural heritage,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This would totally jeopardise Malta's position of full autonomy on tax matters. It would then open the door for proposals like that of Timmermans to push for an 18% minimum corporate tax rate. Weber's position is therefore much more dangerous for Maltese interests than Timmermans' for it will have the backing of the EPP which is likely to be the greatest political family in the EP. The PN has already voted in favour of Weber's position and no doubt will back him again on it in the future,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:32:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This would totally jeopardise Malta's position of full autonomy on tax matters. It would then open the door for proposals like that of Timmermans to push for an 18% minimum corporate tax rate. Weber's position is therefore much more dangerous for Maltese interests than Timmermans' for it will have the backing of the EPP which is likely to be the greatest political family in the EP. The PN has already voted in favour of Weber's position and no doubt will back him again on it in the future,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Since I became an MEP I have always spoken against tax harmonisation in the European Union states as this goes against Malta’s interests,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:07:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This paves the way for tax harmonisation in the EU, which goes against the interests of Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It’s a fact that the European Socialists and a substantial number of MEPs from the European People’s Party agree on tax harmonisation. But the PN MEPs gave their consent to tax harmonisation when voting on this particular resolution. There were a handful of EPP MEPS including the Cypriot Lefteris Christoforu that voted against and Brian Hayes, former Irish foreign Minister, who abstained. The Maltese Labour delegation including myself, Miriam Dalli and Marlene Mizzi voted against,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We are at a point today where the insect population can be decimated. This is where environmentalists and hunters can come together,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, May 3, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “Europe must create a more sustainable society which brings equal opportunities to all Europeans, leaving no one behind,” External link

gozonews Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Equal opportunities must be provided by Europe to all, securing a good life for all European citizens, regardless of where they live,” “Young people across Europe need decent jobs in their home region” External link

gozonews Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant argued : “they need access to proper healthcare and education systems. It is not acceptable that workers who struggled all their life to earn a living, then have to struggle to make ends meet when they retire from work” “If I have the support of the electorate, I will continue to push for a coordinated increase in the national minimum wage across Europe, according to each country’s circumstances,” External link

gozonews Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I will continue to focus on matters related to Gozitan interests such as EU funding for Gozo but beyond that too, matters related to project financing for farmers, SMEs and artisanal initiatives in Gozo. One major aim would be to ensure that as much as possible, EU policies for the single market, do not end as one size fits all exercise,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “Digital ventures, financial services, artisanal and farming enterprises, health services could all be targeted to reverse depopulation in Gozo, both when the national economy is performing healthily and when it is weak,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This will be my last political campaign,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We must counter with truth the mudslinging campaign at the European Parliament,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For Europe, what is essential should be that Libya does not end up as a foyer for terrorism we should support all efforts undertaken in good faith to allow all forces in Libya that represent genuine interests to have voice and reach,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The talents and initiatives we have in Gozo are impressive. These talents appear in the fields of finance, manufacturing, tourism, construction, art, and culture,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, April 15, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The talents and initiatives we have in Gozo are impressive. These talents appear in the fields of finance, manufacturing, tourism, construction, art, and culture,” External link

gozonews Friday, April 12, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Gozo suffers from major drawbacks due to its double insularity,” External link

gozonews Friday, April 12, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Those who keep harping at the European Parliament on the supposed need of the rule of law in Malta are unwittingly opening the road to abortion in the Maltese Islands” External link

gozonews Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "What have you done to prevent Malta from becoming a tax haven that puts in question the fight against financial crime and terrorism in the EU? What have you done to prevent e-gambling and cryptocurrency and the two members of your government involved in the Panama Papers scandal?" External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Factually incorrect and skewed accusations are being made about Malta, so that so-called inquiries could be launched. Repeatedly, investigations of this type seek to tarnish the image of the island,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, March 25, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “During Malta’s history along the centuries, the Maltese community always had a choice between building an autonomous national life or joining a larger entity,” ”As a concept, in reality there is not much of a difference between Malta accession to the European Union and Integration,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 25, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "The Nationalist Party welcomed consumerism and privatisation and this corrupted it from the inside, almost ripped it in two, into the old elitist part and the liberal part. The PN will either break in two or the party's profile will be permanently damaged," External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 22, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Caruana Galizia ) : "I believe that the government was too timid, or at least it underestimated the attacks that came from each direction following the Panama leaks and the the murder of Caruana Galizia. It should have been more assertive and charismatic, especially since there was a strong movement to label Malta as a tax haven," External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 22, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about Solutions ) : “Solutions for connectivity between Gozo and Malta should reflect the needs of Gozitans living in Gozo while protecting the natural beauty of Gozo and Malta,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 18, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The best solution for fast connectivity between the two islands would have been a subsidised extensive fast ferry service. Unfortunately this project has been caught in legal court procedures,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, March 18, 2019 11:07:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Gozitan and Maltese livestock farmers need the full support of the Maltese government to ensure continuity of their operations in milk production which have been facing unbalanced competition since Malta joined the EU,” External link

gozonews Saturday, March 16, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant Said : “It is likely that a request for extension of the Brexit negotiations will soon materialise,” External link

gozonews Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about British ) : “The ongoing controversies within the British political system, will not help,” “Using the possible extension to push for a second referendum could push the country towards more chaos” External link

gozonews Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the next five years we must ensure that European decisions must benefit Gozo as much as they do for the European larger countries,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant explained : “This will compensate for Gozo’s double insularity,” “It’s vital to implement every available opportunity to create wealth in Gozo and encourage Gozitan youth to seek proposals for investments in Gozo” External link

gozonews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Gozo was not recognised as a region when Malta negotiated its EU accession,” External link

gozonews Monday, March 11, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Other European countries have been granting EU citizenship to non-EU nationals for obscure and unpublicised reasons, with no accountability at all at a European level. No one ever criticised them in the European Parliament for this practice,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 1, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is not a good idea, but that is how it works. I do not like it. But that is how it works” External link

timesofmalta Sunday, February 17, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is not a good idea, but that is how it works. I do not like it. But that is how it works” External link

timesofmalta Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “certain local political forces have obstructed and will continue to harm the Maltese Government in Europe” “We should prevent them from continuing to do so. The electorate should vote for all the Labour candidates to ensure another victory for all Maltese and Gozitans,” External link

gozonews Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As my colleagues at S&D well know, I am completely against the ideas that have been launched in the S&D ‘fair tax’ study that they have commissioned and just published,” External link

timesofmalta Tuesday, February 5, 2019 8:55:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about President Trump ) : “I cannot endorse such an administration. Neither though, can I bless an Opposition that has been over the years, thoroughly intransigent, ready to sabotage the actions of a legitimate government, and now openly trades with President Trump for his help to take over the state,” External link

timesofmalta Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:31:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The European Parliament has no legal standing to recognize or not the sovereign and diplomatic status of governments... Nor should it seek to achieve such a standing, despite the empty and absurd claim that it will have been the first EU institution to take a definitive stand on Venezuela. It is meaningless for this Parliament to express definitive judgements on a situation as complex as in that country,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Hugo Chavez ) : “During the resulting struggle, the Chavez and then Maduro governments committed huge mistakes, became unacceptably authoritarian, delivered for a while on their social promises, but ran the market-based economy into the ground. Allegations of corruption abound,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about President Trump ) : “I cannot endorse such an administration. Neither though, can I bless an Opposition that has been over the years, thoroughly intransigent, ready to sabotage the actions of a legitimate government, and now openly trades with President Trump for his help to take over the state,” External link

timesofmalta Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “According to a report by the European Commission highlights dissatisfaction with working life and degrading job conditions among young people in Europe,” “Lack of security, precarious work and the exploitation of young people in the digital sector are all signs that demonstrate that much needs to be done on the regulation of work conditions in Europe” External link

gozonews Saturday, January 26, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “A report by the European Commissoin highlights dissatisfaction with working life and degrading job conditions among young people in Europe,” “Lack of security, precarious work and the exploitation of young people in the digital sector are all signs that demonstrate that much needs to be done on the regulation of work conditions in Europe” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Though the EU is managed with good intentions, it must care more about those carrying the burdens caused by its own decisions,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Don’t you think that the time has come to think outside the box when considering how eurozone rules are playing out?” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We have economic and financial stability maybe, but is this leading to social and perhaps political instability?” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:24:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This is definitely not in the interest of small EU states like Ireland and Malta, who to date are in control of their sovereignty on taxation,” “Tax competition is the best tool that small EU states like Malta can use to compensate for the disadvantages they face vis-à-vis the larger EU continental member states like Germany and France” External link

MaltaToday Monday, January 21, 2019 5:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the case of Latvia, the European Commission is carrying monitoring activities and several letters have been sent to the anti-money laundering authorities. It has also requested a breach of Union law investigation from the EBA. Latvian ABLV had around $4.6 billion in assets, handled transactions valued at tens of billions of dollars in offshore jurisdictions,” “In the case of Malta, argued the Maltese MEP, the European Commission had requested preliminary enquiries that lasted two years as well as on-site investigations. It further requested the FIAU to meet and to provide with additional information. It also asked the Maltese authorities to take a number of measures, questioning its methodology, strategy, ability to react as well as its processes for inspections” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “But similar arguments would apply for investment in non-defence sectors – All or basic sciences research. The appetite for this has been less than evident,” External link

gozonews Friday, January 11, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “2019 can be just as difficult a year for Europe as 2018 has been,” “The real fundamental problem has been that though in recent years Europe has experienced economic growth, inequalities and social unfairness have increased. They are undermining solidarity within nations and between nations” External link

gozonews Saturday, January 5, 2019 1:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “But they are trying to do this through the back door by emphasising terms like security, which overlaps with migration and terrorism, things that are of great interest to countries like Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The efforts are disparate and built on the contingent wishes of individual member states,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Emanuel Macron ) : “It is now being done piecemeal with Macron being forced to promise it in France and the Spanish prime minister also suggesting it for next year,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “While we cannot say no to measures to combat tax avoidance and evasion, I can’t accept tax harmonisation because that will wipe out the financial services sector in Malta and would put at a disadvantage economies that are on the periphery of Europe,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am here because I was invited by the prime minister to contest the MEP elections and in the same way I would like to urge him to continue his mandate as prime minister,” External link

timesofmalta Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:08:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am here [as a an MEP candidate] because the Prime Minister asked me to contest again. I now urge him to stay on and see through his mandate as Prime Minister,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:53:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “There is not enough social justice and ordinary citizens are feeling the pinch for us socialists we have to continue saying that the best value should remain social justice. Malta must come first and foremost but most of all we should put the ordinary people first,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:53:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "Now they have grabbed the opportunity to level the same accusations at the Maltese government and pay back the S&D in which Labour MEPs play an active role," External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "These Maltese should be ashamed of themselves for circulating texts aimed at poisoning political groups at the European Parliament. The only exception are the Socialists and Democrats (S&D). I referred to the situation in Malta in a meeting of the S&D Bureau and the S&D group of MEPs. The damage could be incurred on Maltese and Gozitan citizens and workers who are benefitting from the wealth created in Malta during the tenure of the last two Labour Governments. These Maltese are spreading damaging arguments which are harming Malta and its citizens. This damage could be irreperable," External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Malta has proven itself in the past as a proud and brave nation. Frank Engel from the EPP told parliament, the socialists in particular, that they were not asserting that the rule of law hadn’t collapsed after Caruana Galizia's death, but a long time before and that it was a consequence of the collapse, and the privatisation of state institutions. Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said that in order to remain strong action must be taken by Parliament according to facts and due process, or it would lose its credibility. "A brutal assassination has taken place and justice needs to be done,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "he was the man who helped me, encouraged me and took care of me when my health took a big blow," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "I hope I have the same courage if I am in his position," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "Thank you for everything, my friend," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant pointed out : “the French Government wants internet giants operating in Europe to pay tax where value is created – a turnover tax” External link

gozonews Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:25:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Through an internal audit trade on VAT one can see the turnover of different companies. The value added to the economy is traceable on the basis of profits,” External link

gozonews Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:25:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “A strong Europe is in everyone’s interests, but a federal Europe will silence the voice of these small member states, including Malta,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, October 8, 2017 8:47:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked ( about Commission ) : “Based on the dominant position that Ryanair has acquired in the last years over a huge number of air traffic routes in Europe, as well as the way the referred mass cancellation policy will impact various Member States of the EU, what kind of action is the European Commission preparing to take towards Ryanair?” External link

gozonews Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added ( about British ) : “the tone of the British proposals will harden the position of some member states, especially in Eastern Europe, which initially would have been quite sympathetic to Brexit” External link

gozonews Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “Each side will be making its calculations to go forward. At the moment it looks like Europe is making these calculations as a block, which it is, but when the time comes for the details there will be different perspectives as well,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “The UK might not get its way on this one, but on the other hand there are other things up for discussion, like the financial settlement, like Ireland, like all the other points that relate to the financial services, security and terrorism,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:40:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It might make sense to open the discussion about the future of Europe with a discussion about its past, its history. Frequently I get the feeling, in this Parliament and elsewhere, that such discussions too often take exclusively an ideological perspective – that of pilgrims intent on reaching the new Jerusalem,” “Moreover they get bound to technocratic approaches that are grounded in neoliberalism. Even the social dimension when it is included, gets relegated to a policy chapter, calibrated in positivist terms” External link

gozonews Friday, March 3, 2017 11:00:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It might make sense to open the discussion about the future of Europe with a discussion about its past, its history. Frequently I get the feeling, in this Parliament and elsewhere, that such discussions too often take exclusively an ideological perspective that of pilgrims intent on reaching the new Jerusalem,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 3, 2017 8:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The flexibility of member states in setting their tax policies has to be confirmed. There should be concern about a competition policy that is administered through an agency which defines such policy, investigates alleged breaches, and itself decides on them, with the power to set fines,” External link

gozonews Friday, February 24, 2017 4:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “During this mandate, the need is arising to highlight new precautionary signals. Given the ongoing current political and economic changes, in Europe and beyond, competition policy needs to be kept under constant review. If Europe is going to be more Catholic than the Pope, it risks losing competitive edge on a global scale,” External link

gozonews Friday, February 24, 2017 4:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “These divergences have to be first of all recognised and corrected through a new political agreement,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Unfortunately the current exercise amounts to one in which the cart is being put before the horse. I cannot support it,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Effective treatment is now available. A positive result is no longer a death sentence but a path to lifelong treatment. In fact, today we talk of people living with HIV just as we talk of people living with diabetes. But still the stigma persists. Many believe that HIV infection is a self-inflicted shame. We need to fight that stigma,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:56:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “People who test positive need the full support of a professional team including psychological support. We need to develop enhanced tests which are fast, reliable and affordable,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:56:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “The Fiscal Pact has not solved long term problems of the eurozone and should be submitted for a new and democratic discussion before it becomes part of the Treaties of the European Union. All local and national representatives across the EU should be invited to carry out an assessment of the real impact of the Fiscal Compact,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Before deciding to include the Fiscal Compact in the EU Treaties, and regardless of such a step, we need to ask ourselves some hard questions. With our national Parliaments, we must create a discussion, a dialogue, about the real significance of the results obtained, the results claimed, for the fiscal compact. Have its rules really been instrumental in saving the eurozone? Are they still relevant today in their existing format?” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “The report is very comprehensive, covering all areas of social policy. We need to set priorities to it: mine would be in labour laws and social security; education; pensions. The reality is that the principles guiding economic management in the EU are, as a matter of policy, constrained by neo-liberal perspectives Especially in the eurozone, this has led to decisions that place the social burdens of economic strategies on workers and the least well off, thereby flagrantly contradicting what used to be considered as the European social model. One now therefore must doubt whether a commitment to a European pillar of social rights can be long-lasting,” External link

gozonews Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “These interests cover economic, political, social, cultural and security matters. Promoting an ongoing cohesive and collaborative approach towards cooperation in such areas should again be given full priority by the EU,” External link

gozonews Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Economic and social developments in Malta over the past twelve months were positive, I would dare say, very positive. We should be satisfied with these achievements, even more because the prospects for the new year look also very positive. Unfortuntaley the same cannot be said about Europe. During this year uncertainties, let’s not call them crises, dominated Europe. Uncertainty prevailed on the economy, immigration, terrorism, Brexit, relations with Russia and now even with the United States. These events may look distanced from our daily lives, but should interest us because being a member state, events in the EU will definitely affect Malta and our daily lives,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "I wish all Maltese and Gozitan families a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year," External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Maltese Labour MEPs will continue to follow developments in Europe which can leave their marks on Malta and Gozo and ensure that in each instance, Maltese and Gozitan interests are safeguarded” External link

gozonews Friday, December 23, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “During this year uncertainties, let’s not call them crises, dominated Europe. Uncertainty prevailed on the economy, immigration, terrorism, Brexit, relations with Russia and now even with the United States. These events may look distanced from our daily lives, but should interest us because being a member state, events in the EU will definitely affect Malta and our daily lives,” External link

gozonews Friday, December 23, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I wish all Maltese and Gozitan families a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year,” External link

gozonews Friday, December 23, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “All of us here are in democratic politics. Which means that the ultimate test of what we try to achieve happens when people vote in elections or referenda. The thrust of what we have been saying here and elsewhere up to now is that we need more of the same, in application of Stability and Growth Pace (SGP) rules that we all subscribe to. No matter what is being done on this basis, it is too complex for the ordinary citizen to be able to follow, too abstract for him or her to comprehend. Understandably, you would prefer that we look at the half of the glass that is full. But voters disagree,” External link

gozonews Wednesday, December 21, 2016 1:14:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Decisions taken by the European Union in the next two and a half years may not be in Malta’s interests. Malta will be affected directly if the EU becomes a military union, due to the island’s geographical position on the borders of the EU. Malta’s Constitution prohibits Malta to join military alliances but irrespective of this we must understand whether it is in our interests that the EU becomes a military union,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, November 28, 2016 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The elderly are uncertain about their pensions, youths and workers face bleak prospects in the world of work. Where will this stagnation lead to? Discontent is spreading across Europe and those who have nothing to lose are distancing themselves from the traditional political parties and identifying themselves with far right parties. Europe is falling behind economically and socially and is not meeting citizens’ expectations,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, November 28, 2016 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Malta is a neutral country. Its constitution prohibits participation in military alliances and in international cooperative efforts promoting warfare capabilities and exercises, unless backed by the UN,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, November 25, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I disagree that at this time especially, the EU should reinforce a military dimension to its character,” “This move might appear suitable to counter the supposedly disintegrating effects of Brexit. It could have the opposite effect. There is no popular constituency for a European Union that morphs into a military coalition, funded from EU budgetary resources” External link

MaltaToday Friday, November 25, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is counterproductive to refer to Brexit and the Trump election as a sign of the times that justifies reconsideration of policies followed under European Semester rules. These rules were defined technically, even when sometimes, they were interpreted politically. They helped prevent a recurrence of 2008 but they have not led to a stable, significant and sustainable recovery in Europe. They failed technically and this is generating a political backlash,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, November 23, 2016 1:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Why has it taken so long to arrive at the present stage, when there were no contrary pressures to the conclusion of negotiations? Were there hidden difficulties and reservations involved?” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "Gozo lacks the strategic need to be governed as a region," "Government has already acknowledged this by stating it will be focusing on its regionality in this year's Budget speech" External link

gozonews Monday, October 31, 2016 10:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “This investment dearth does not relate only to the eurozone. It also relates to the capitalist economy model and the global capitalist economy as a whole, especially the US,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, October 14, 2016 8:18:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “The Union’s income will suffer a sizeable shortfall with the disappearance of the UK’s net contribution. What will the implications of this be, for ongoing and future EU projects? What will be the dimensions of the shortfall, seen from a purely accounting perspective? And from an operational one? How can this deficit be countered?” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:37:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : "The Union's income will suffer a sizable shortfall with the disappearance of the UK's net contribution. What will the implications of this be, for ongoing and future EU projects? What will be the dimensions of the shortfall, seen from a purely accounting perspective? And from an operational one? How can this deficit be countered?" External link

gozonews Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : "These questions in no way prejudice the conduct of future Brexit negotiations. They relate to the available options for internal reorganisation of the EU post Brexit. Misinformation about this may be contributing to ongoing uncertainties as much as the wait for Brexit negotiations to start. Deep background provided publicly as of now by the Commission and/or Council about the scale of the challenges and problems in this regard would help dampen such uncertainties," External link

gozonews Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “The Council, acting in the name of democratically elected governments, unanimously agreed to endorse his nomination,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, September 30, 2016 8:28:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "he was not convinced that when the European Parliament seeks to censure the actions of governments of member states, it is following comparable methods of assessment and applying principles to situations in a transparent and fair manner" External link

gozonews Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : “I must admit I was surprised with the message issued today by the Leader of the Nationalist Delegation at the European Parliament when he stated that if Mr Leo Brincat pursues his candidature for the European Court of Auditors, this would be an affront to the European Parliament,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This is what precisely Mr Leo Brincat is doing; he is following Mr Casa’s advice. It is not fair that we say something when we are face to face, and something different when we speak in the public,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : “The S&D Group voted in its vast majority in favour of Brincat’s nomination. There was unanimous agreement that the S&D vote would be in favour of Brincat and no one objected to this decision,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 7:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “This is precisely what Leo Brincat is doing: he is following Casa’s advice. It’s unfair to say one thing in private and state the opposite in public,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 7:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant claimed : "Mr Casa told me ‘Leo Brincat should not repeat Dr Toni Abela’s “mistake” and should not bind himself with the vote at the European Parliament.’" External link

timesofmalta Monday, September 19, 2016 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "No one aired any objection to this decision," External link

timesofmalta Monday, September 19, 2016 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : "Leo Brincat's vote reminded him of when thirty years ago as President of the Labour Party he witnessed a campaign of misinformation by the Nationalist Opposition at the European Council aimed at denigrating the Maltese Government and Malta's image abroad" External link

gozonews Monday, September 19, 2016 12:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "But the Brexit result eventually brought about the postponement of Mr Brincat's hearing after the Summer Recess. It was during this period that MEPs were given damaging information linking Mr Brincat to the Panama scandal," "It was clear during the first vote that the EPP had changed their attitude towards Leo Brincat" External link

gozonews Monday, September 19, 2016 12:04:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “So much so that Mr Casa had organised meetings between Leo Brincat and various EPP MEPs,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Leo Brincat ) : “But the Brexit result eventually brought about the postponement of Brincat’s hearing after the summer recess. It was during this period that MEPs were given damaging information linking Brincat to the Panama scandal,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, September 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In fact, it has stonewalled all motions in the EP which go in the direction of a censure on Juncker’s record. There can be no comparison between the facts regarding the Panama papers scandal (in which he personally had no mention) as attached to Leo Brincat’s nomination, and the very serious facts that are attached to Junckerm,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, September 16, 2016 1:38:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Even if with their position, they embarrassed their government and eventually brought it down, he should welcome them back in the PN fold with open arms, while recognizing their right if they get the opportunity, and the call arises in future, to repeat what they did in the past,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, September 16, 2016 1:38:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Should this not be a matter of concern?” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:03:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : "Should this not be a matter of concern?" External link

gozonews Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:17:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Up to not so long ago, we were told that some of the bigger problems smes were facing when setting out new projects, arose from the rigidity that banks applied to their requests for loans and other facilities,” “Alternative explanations now claim that the real problem is reduced demand which motivates nobody to invest in new ventures, least of all smes. My own personal feedback from smes is that the problem is still the rigidity of bank credit, which in Europe, no matter what we say and wish about a capital markets union, remains the most important avenue to project financing available to smes” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:03:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We are told that the only viable way forward is by promoting ‘more’ Europe,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about British ) : “Waiting till the situation stabilizes before the leave process takes off, will not affect the current state of uncertainty, and is in the fundamental interests of European, including British, working peoplem,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “This should be consolidation and a total insistence on giving priorities to growth policies in Europe. Moreover the approach defined by the resolution will play into the hands of forces who will see in it multiple opportunities to call new referenda,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:34:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “What the EU needs to do is consolidate its operations and present them in a way that can be understood and appreciated by people "on the ground". However we have been saying this time after time and what happens is that after all this has been repeated over and over, business in Brussels goes on as usual,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:39:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "In the rest of the EU, the temptation will again be that of giving the UK a hard deal to deter further exits from the Union, and to relaunch a process of further strengthening union rules. Both temptations will need to be resisted since eventually they will spark further anti-EU sentiment and lead to much confusion about the proper responses to immigration and terror," External link

gozonews Monday, June 27, 2016 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “From the beginning I wanted to be a substitute member on these committees for technical reasons. A substitute member has the same rights as regular members and will be posted and involved on all developments, from beginning till the end” External link

MaltaToday Friday, June 24, 2016 11:42:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “From the beginning I wanted to be a substitute member on these committees for technical reasons. A substitute member has the same rights as regular members and will be posted and involved on all developments, from beginning till the end,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, June 24, 2016 10:41:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “I s it not appropriate that the fight against poverty be given total priority in the formulation of C ountry Specific Recommendations (C SRs with a view to at least not allowing poverty in Europe to become an accepted state of affairs? ” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked ( about Alfred Sant ) : “D oes any prospect exist of r edesigning the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) process to ensure that national parliaments become an integral and organic part of the adoption process in a meaningful way? Referring to investment, Dr Sant said that Macroeconomic reasons have played a role in depressing both private long-term investments and public ones . ‘M ore attention should be paid to the microeconomic obstacles to investment But will this be enough? I doubt it. Despite the European Fund for Strategic Investment (E FSI ) and despite the structural funds, the big investment gap both at public and private levels has become endemic in the single market. The Maltese MEP said t here is a consensus across the political spectrum about the need to enhance investment. Do you agree that we need new policy proposals in the pipeline that would really help to increase private and public investment across Europe? ” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We then need to coordinate efforts at a national level that try to contain the causes of homlessness as they arise locally, and those that follow from the free movement of workers and people within the European singlemarket,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, June 17, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "A related policy area in Eurozone management to which ECON attaches priority is the full development of a banking union, considered crucial if in future, the zone is going to avert another crisis where states become liable for unsustainable bank exposures in order to avoid financial chaos. Here, the crunch issue has become the introduction of the third pillar of banking union, in the form of a deposit insurance scheme at Eurozone level," "These to me would appear to be the top priorities. Naturally, other ECON members could have a different ranking and/or a longer list of major goals. For instance, some could claim that in order to ensure democratic accountability, it is important to get ECON's participation well established in the eurozone's financial salvage operations, such as the one for Greece, or in the monitoring of deficits in national budgets" External link

gozonews Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “I am among those who are very disappointed with the outcomes of EFSI’s first year. The Commission’s euphoria about the results cannot be reconciled with the reality. But I am unsurprised things have turned out this way. The financial fundamentals of EFSI, based on relatively insignificant ‘own’ funds, levered extensively through guarantees to surpass €300 billion with private capital, militate against a choice of projects considered by markets as having low-payoffs or too risky,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, June 13, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am among those who are very disappointed with the outcomes of EFSI’s first year,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, June 13, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The claim is that some low risk, long-term infrastructural projects launched by EFSI would have featured as an EIB project otherwise. Similarly projects have been concentrated in infrastructural areas which can only be considered as ‘safe’. For them, non-EFSI finance could easily have been found,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, June 13, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For these economies, taxation policy, which they still control, is the only real tool left by which to retain flexibility for competitive purposes. All others they have given up; customs protection, budgetary flexibility in public budgeting, the setting of VAT and excise, state aid policy, exchange rate. Moves towards harmonisation of income and profit taxes will only further undermine their competitiveness,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, June 13, 2016 9:17:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "It seems to me that the proposals made in this report open the door fully to further follow-ups that can only lead to tax harmonisation within the EU. With this I cannot agree, for it would serve to increase the growing structural divergences between the central EU economy and the small peripheral economies of the Union," "For these economies, taxation policy (which they still control) is the only real tool left by which to retain flexibility for competitive purposes. All others they have given up (customs protection, budgetary flexibility in public budgeting, the setting of VAT and excise, state aid policy, exchange rate). Moves towards harmonisation of income and profit taxes will only further undermine their competitiveness" External link

gozonews Friday, June 10, 2016 1:46:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For these economies, taxation policy, which they still control, is the only real tool left by which to retain flexibility for competitive purposes. All others they have given up, customs protection, budgetary flexibility in public budgeting, the setting of VAT and excise, state aid policy, exchange rate. Moves towards harmonisation of income and profit taxes will only further undermine their competitiveness,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, June 10, 2016 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “Presumably, they did this following a few minutes of deliberations from the distance of Brussels and with scant knowledge of the Maltese context. Surely, decisions such as this place the European Parliament in a very bad light, at a time when European institutions are being seen as too distant, overpowering and elitist by many voters in our member states a problem which I know, is a source of deep concern to you. I would appreciated your views on the above” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, June 8, 2016 7:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : "Presumably, they did this following a few minutes of deliberations from the distance of Brussels and with scant knowledge of the Maltese context. Surely, decisions such as this place the European Parliament in a very bad light, at a time when European institutions are being seen as too distant, overpowering and elitist by many voters in our member states – a problem which I know, is a source of deep concern to you. I would appreciated your views on the above," External link

gozonews Monday, June 6, 2016 12:36:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “Presumably, they did this following a few minutes of deliberations from the distance of Brussels and with scant knowledge of the Maltese context. Surely, decisions such as this place the European Parliament in a very bad light, at a time when European institutions are being seen as too distant, overpowering and elitist by many voters in our member states a problem which I know, is a source of deep concern to you. I would appreciated your views on the above” External link

timesofmalta Monday, June 6, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : "Immigration was and still is a big problem, the same thing happens in Malta. We see that with a very small influx of migrants we can get distabilised…one has to be pragmatic – one has to take the solutions that are available," External link

gozonews Friday, June 3, 2016 9:26:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "If it is to survive as a healthy and profitable economic activity, farming in Gozo needs creative action that within the respect of EU rules, seeks to make agricultural production flexible, while protecting it against unfair competition," External link

gozonews Friday, May 20, 2016 1:17:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Structural reforms are necessary, but they should not mean an erosion of the European social model,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Structural reforms are necessary, but they should not mean an erosion of the European social model,” External link

euractiv-en Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:43:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant replied : “the answer remains like it always has been - too much political capital has been expended, on left and right, in too many countries for the leaders of eurozone countries not to go on keeping it going as best as they can” External link

timesofmalta Friday, March 6, 2015 8:48:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
mep25.51%EN12/09/201709/12/2017
prime minister18.85%EN11/15/201715/11/2017
minister10.91%EN11/15/201715/11/2017
labour leader2.03%EN11/07/201707/11/2017
former labour leader2.03%EN11/07/201707/11/2017
Leader1.29%EN11/07/201707/11/2017
leader23.29%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
labour mep2.96%EN06/15/201715/06/2017
labour party mep0.37%EN06/12/201712/06/2017
former labour prime minister2.59%EN03/29/201729/03/2017
labour prime minister0.74%EN03/29/201729/03/2017
head of the labour0.92%EN02/22/201722/02/2017
maltese labour mep0.18%EN02/18/201718/02/2017
head of labour0.18%EN01/18/201718/01/2017
député européen0.18%FR01/03/201703/01/2017
colleague0.37%EN09/29/201629/09/2016
head0.74%EN09/20/201620/09/2016
labour party leader0.18%EN09/15/201615/09/2016
premier0.55%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
socialist0.37%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
candidate2.40%EN05/26/201426/05/2014
former prime minister2.77%EN11/15/201315/11/2013
predecessor0.55%EN12/28/201228/12/2012
Names Lang Count
Alfred SantEN53.04%
Alfred SantMT15.43%
Alfred SantFR10.69%
Alfred SantNL10.42%
Alfred SantEU10.42%


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Joseph Muscat said ( about Alfred Sant ) : “Malta needs Alfred Sant. Alfred has the experience and the vision to represent Malta at the European Parliament. We cannot afford to lose his presence at the European Parliament. I believe that his contribution towards the well being of Malta is invaluable. Alfred doesn’t need endorsements, he doesn’t need anyone to speak about his qualities. I followed his interventions at the European Parliament to defend Malta, to defend me personally, to defend the Labour Party and above all to defend Malta. I wish him many more years of work because Malta needs him,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Joseph Muscat said ( about Alfred Sant ) : “Malta needs Alfred Sant. Alfred has the experience and the vision to represent Malta at the European Parliament. We cannot afford to lose his presence at the European Parliament... I followed his interventions at the European Parliament to defend Malta, to defend me personally, to defend the Labour Party and above all to defend Malta,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 20, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked ( about Alfred Sant ) : “D oes any prospect exist of r edesigning the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) process to ensure that national parliaments become an integral and organic part of the adoption process in a meaningful way? Referring to investment, Dr Sant said that Macroeconomic reasons have played a role in depressing both private long-term investments and public ones . ‘M ore attention should be paid to the microeconomic obstacles to investment But will this be enough? I doubt it. Despite the European Fund for Strategic Investment (E FSI ) and despite the structural funds, the big investment gap both at public and private levels has become endemic in the single market. The Maltese MEP said t here is a consensus across the political spectrum about the need to enhance investment. Do you agree that we need new policy proposals in the pipeline that would really help to increase private and public investment across Europe? ” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT