Alfred Sant

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Alfred Sant told : “Depletion of some stocks has been reaching irreversible levels,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “But then to defend the sale of virgin land in Gharghur, if I understood correctly, the Church said that it was not the one to build on the land and it has to be environmental authorities who ensure that the land is used properly,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, October 1, 2021 11:13:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant observed : “When new legislation is being mooted, like in the digital area, we all stress the need for regulations to maintain proportionality,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Rather, the exceptional measures adopted under the temporary framework for the hospitality industry sectors affected by the COVID-19 crisis must be maintained, no matter what the received wisdom about competition and other rules says” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, June 14, 2021 8:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Soon, if we continue like this, there will be nothing left to save. That is why Gozo is at a crossroads,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 30, 2021 4:39:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Soon, if we continue like this, there will be nothing left to save. That is why Gozo is at a crossroads,” External link

gozonews Friday, May 28, 2021 2:12:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant wrote : “Soon, if we continue in this way, there will not be anything left to save. Gozo is at crossroads,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, May 28, 2021 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I’ve always found Feliċ Agius to be a man of great intelligence and diligence, loyal to his principles, his family, Labour, and his country,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, May 21, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "Though in military terms Israel remains dominant even when under attack, it is terrible that the progressive and peace-loving potential majority within its population has been unable or unwilling to maintain the political momentum toward the two-state solution," "The truth is that there is no longer any reasonable way by which outsiders can support Israeli policies towards the Palestinians and the EU should make this clear" External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “This is like what happened with divorce over the years, where it started with a big majority against the idea, and then it slowly started to change,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, May 17, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For a lot of people in Malta it is tied with the idea of protection of children, so one would have strong emotions towards it,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, May 17, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Not all that the Opposition proposes should be discarded. The private member’s Bill that it has put forward to make public all the formal sittings and documentation related to them of the environmental regulatory top bodies, makes sense and should be given serious consideration,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, May 8, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As a full member of the Council of Europe, Russia is failing to honour its commitment under the Council’s charter. However, the resolution repeats and amplifies accusations that are part of a long exchange game between Russia and its critics. The objectivity and transparency of these claims are doubtful” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, May 3, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant warned : “Clearly, the endpoint to such escalation could be war, for which the blame would not be attached to only one side,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:24:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As a full member of the Council of Europe, Russia is failing to honour its commitment under the Council’s charter,” “However, the [European Parliament] resolution repeats and amplifies accusations that are part of a long exchange game between Russia and its critics. The objectivity and transparency of these claims are doubtful,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:24:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As a full member of the Council of Europe, Russia is failing to honour its commitment under the Council’s charter. However, the resolution repeats and amplifies accusations that are part of a long exchange game between Russia and its critics. The objectivity and transparency of these claims are doubtful,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, May 1, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "What has happened is that while construction outside existing urban centres has continued at a rapid rate, towns and village centres have also been subject to extensive works," "But instead of this work leading to improvements in traditional buildings, old houses were demolished in favour of tall apartment buildings that are leading to the loss of all character in our towns" External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "We shouldn’t just restrict construction, but we should say we’re going to have real regulation and real prohibitions," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Our rhetoric is that united as Europe, we stand a better chance of solving problems that cut across frontiers. Unfortunately, that claim was not reinforced by how the covid-19 pandemic has been dealt with” “The EU can play a useful role in such emergency only if there is there is a clear political will shared by all or most member states and only if there exist the administrative, diplomatic, scientific, regulatory and commercial structures that know each other, trust each other and deal easily with each other” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:56:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “They relished their role and would not have liked others to share in it so I then thought,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:41:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Unfortunately, the record has been patchy at best when rule of law considerations have come up for scrutiny by EU institutions, not least this Parliament. Consistenly, political criteria served to trump fact based approaches. All sides have played this game but the text we have voted upon limits such effects” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “At present, despite the rhetoric, mechanisms that truly safeguard the rule of law in the EU do not exist,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The EU needs a mechanism to safeguard the rule of law,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Why are two weights two measures used?” External link

timesofmalta Thursday, March 25, 2021 6:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Why are two weights two measures used?” External link

timesofmalta Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Digital platforms should be reporting sellers and the income they derive using their platform” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:29:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant says : “I’ve been in politics for 30 to 40 years. And I’ve been preaching about that the ‘friends of friends’ it’s a Gonzi problem, it’s a Joseph Muscat problem, a Mintoff problem, a Fenech Adami problem” External link

MaltaToday Monday, March 15, 2021 12:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Both sides did not reach an agreement to reign in the violent elements the bombs outside the houses of Labour politicians and targeting State institutions I have no proof, but I cannot imagine someone from Labour planting them,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici inherited a government facing big economic, political and constitutional problems, compounded by the private and church schools issue in all this he helped pacify the situation, even if it boiled over with the murder of Raymond Caruana,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “All I can say is keep it up,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Fenech Adami ) : “He rode the wave of an economy that was doing well, even if based on things that one has to be careful of because they can sink you. He also ensured social justice by seeing that the wealth generated filtered down, something that previous Nationalist administrations under Fenech Adami and Gonzi did not do,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We needed this race to happen in order to acquire swift control over the pandemic. So now that we have reached the production stage for the vaccines that have been created, it is incredible that world governments remain apparently tied to a business as a usual approach regarding the production and delivery of vaccines,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “At this point, the report’s proposals aimed at reducing in-work poverty, especially through stronger collective bargaining systems and adequate minimum income and pensions are highly commendable,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant noted : “Laws should be enforced. There should be good apparatus, which there is not, to monitor what is being done, to control construction and to not let certain people in the industry act like cowboys, which is what is happening,” “I think people associated with construction need to be much more professional than they are being” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 15, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “They're living 30 years back when this issue perhaps needed to be discussed because there weren't so many media outlets; now there are media outlets” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 15, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “There is definitely something that is wrong within the procedure of the courts, with professionals of the court, with the justices of the court because the justices, frankly, should be criticised as well, as it seems you can't criticise them,” “Then, it’s a question of how matters are left to die out. A number of high-profile cases have never been completed. You can go back and see from my times and other times as well; cases just drag and drag and drag” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 15, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the US, Federal Reserve action to counter the pandemic was paralleled almost right from the start by fiscal responses from the US government side,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:32:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “I did so out of prudence. The text ignores the neutrality principle that is a constitutional core of EU member-states like Malta. Moreover, I am critical of the Defence Fund and the so-called "strategic autonomy" focusing on the military that is being advocated in it” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 8, 2021 1:33:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “The text ignores the neutrality principle that is a constitutional core of EU member-states like Malta. Moreover, I am critical of the Defence Fund and the so-called ‘strategic autonomy’ focusing on the military that is being advocated in it” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added ( about Commission ) : “Moreover, the whole process by which the fund has been set up seems flawed. Companies whose leaders were part of the 2016 Group of Personalities advising the European Commission to create a military research programme are largely benefiting from those programmes today,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “I voted in favour because it sends a timely political message at a moment when a growing number of Europeans are facing difficulties to access a decent level of housing” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “I voted in favour because it sends a timely political message at a moment when a growing number of Europeans are facing difficulties to access a decent level of housing,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, February 1, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I absolutely cannot support disproportionate proposals for tax harmonisation as featured in the resolution,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I fully agree that such approaches should be denounced and combated, which is why I support the increase of public scrutiny in the processes of the Code of Conduct Group that draws up the list,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the current public health scenario worldwide, an anti-COVID vaccine cannot but be considered as a public good. Like it or not, it’s a war. If needed to secure the means to win the war, all private goods become public,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “However, there is still a way to go and a clear need to recover while embedding resilience in our economy. This will allow us to be better prepared for the next crisis” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “However, there is still a way to go and a clear need to recover while embedding resilience in our economy. This will allow us to be better prepared for the next crisis” External link

timesofmalta Friday, January 15, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The best these people should hope for is a rationalisation in the development and organisation of the Mrieħel industrial estate. Otherwise, there is nothing to justify the destruction of agricultural land in one of the most fertile zones in Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The financing mix of European SMEs has barely changed over the past years and remains reliant on bank loans. The CMU report on improving access to capital market finance, in particular by SMEs, has clearly called for the creation and prioritisation of a large, private and pan-European fund to support SME funding” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:19:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant commented : “If someone you dislike makes a move, just unload on him all the allegations you can put together,” “When someone you agree with does the same, make sure you give him full support and do not bother with niceties” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant declared ( about Robert Abela ) : “Robert Abela was right to criticise those interested in undermining the government of the day” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “we live in a very small society and the hypocritical attitudes it generates are gigantic” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We cannot continue with the strategy to widen main roads at the expense of agricultural land, more so in fertile areas such as Mriehel,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 21, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The European Parliament is fuelling the perception that it wants more taxation on citizens does this improve its political standing? There has been little real progress in designing rule of law evaluative processes that minimise politicisation” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 21, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “If what is being said is true... then protests are justified,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, December 21, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “This is a politicised process which has now been given a legal and political solution. But the concession given to these countries is that when they appeal a rule of law warning and seek the European Court of Justice’s decision, the European Commission must suspend its action, something that could go against the executive’s independence. For now, politically, this is being allowed,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, December 14, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Without journalism, no democracy. This might sound indisputable but today criminals for 22 murders of journalists have still not been condemned for their acts in Europe, according to data from the Council of Europe” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 7, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Any attempt to ride roughshod over constitutional traditions developed in the course of decades and centuries could be dangerous as it opens up a whole range of manoeuvre for the extreme right to attack and undermine national democratic freedoms” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 7, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Without journalism, no democracy. This might sound indisputable but today criminals for 22 murders of journalists have still not been condemned for their acts in Europe, according to data from the Council of Europe” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, December 2, 2020 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Green Deal ) : “The fact is that, independently from the current circumstances, not all countries are aligned or start from the same point. This is why providing support to public administrations is essential. Reaffirming a strong commitment to the Green Deal is not enough to deal with the reality of the implementation on the ground” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant argued : “The derogation is needed in order to balance the already disadvantaged status of Maltese farmers in the European market. This is especially crucial in the Maltese dairy, tomatoes, beef and sheep sectors. Voluntary coupled support is needed not only to sustain production levels of important sectors, but also to help the agricultural sector compete with excessively high land prices and to safeguard the countryside landscape,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The dairy sector also exerts an important pull on the use of arable land, as half of our utilised agricultural area is earmarked for the cultivation of fodder. Without a viable dairy sector, farmers producing fodder would have no outlet to sell to,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “On-going digital transition in education was accelerated more than existing infrastructures were ready for,” External link

gozonews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “There is an opportunity to rethink the future of education but it has to be coupled to the priority of addressing the digital education gap,” “The European Council’s decision to slash flagship education programmes in the next long-term EU budget undercuts both opportunity and priority” External link

gozonews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “COVID-19 exacerbated this dilemma, not least by ensuring that there was quick consensus that at least for a while, Stability and Growth Pact guidelines were to be thrown out of the window” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, November 1, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Without this derogation, Maltese farmers would face massive drops of essential support that could mean the definite collapse of the sector,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is essential that the CAP is adapted to the current socio-economic conditions of all member states and such adaptation has to include the needs of the different landscapes within the EU,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am convinced this is not the case, but that people believe this is worrying at a time when general concern on the coronavirus is growing,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 23, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Proposals reflecting EU objectives acknowledged by all, such as the plastic levy agreed upon at Council level, are extremely fit for purpose. Nevertheless, other proposals in the text have been advanced with a regrettable disregard for the damage they would inflict on the economy of individual Member States,” “The problem is that mostly, the smaller to smallest member states are affected. Were it otherwise, and the interests of the larger states were involved, the approach would be much more cautious” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, October 3, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “I could never agree with a SOFA” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "I always had a soft spot for the United States and its people; and I continue to have one. But I have a larger soft spot for the sovereignty of an independent and free Malta, and its neutrality," External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It’s useless for those who are against abortion to present people who are in favour of abortion as outsiders or heartless people,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Though I am personally averse to this Parliament pronouncing itself on the affairs of outside countries, there come moments when solidarity with the struggle for democracy and against dictatorship overrides all other considerations. So, while not taking part in the main separate votes on this report, I voted in favour of the final text, as a gesture of solidarity with the Belarusian people in their fight for liberty,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, September 19, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “The locus of decision-making within the institutions has shifted again towards the Council. Both the Commission and the Parliament make bold proposals, then go into wait-and-see mode while member states palaver about the issues” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, September 18, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “The Commission admitted that the reduction in banking services may have an impact on access to basic banking services among EU citizens, especially among those unfamiliar with digital banking. Transformations within the sector, such as the acceleration of digital payments at the expense of cash, may have an impact on financial inclusion,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The place was squalid, in shambles, with litter and dirt all over the place,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, August 14, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “What constitutes a breach of the rule of law is still open to interpretation that too often discriminates between Member States. Moreover, the implementation of rule of law provisions including decisions to apply sanctions can only be as objective as possible if the agency that applies them is independent of all other agencies in the Union,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It also needs to have a quasi-judicial status and the power to investigate cases of infringement as they arise,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “I will continue to support a necessary and healthy tax competition in the EU. This needs to be framed in a fair and transparent way, also adapted to the very dynamic platform economy. The tax subcommittee should represent diversified perspectives. The interests of small peripheral countries are crucial in this respect and their role in shaping the future of tax policies in Europe is just as valid as that of bigger players and markets” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:55:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “I will continue to support a necessary and healthy tax competition in the EU. This needs to be framed in a fair and transparent way, also adapted to the very dynamic platform economy. The tax subcommittee should represent diversified perspectives. The interests of small peripheral countries are crucial in this respect and their role in shaping the future of tax policies in Europe is just as valid as that of bigger players and markets,” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “There is no point in blaming just one side for this; both are responsible. Yet meanwhile a huge economic recession is creeping in,” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Pessimism about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations or indeed their breakdown, will only serve to fuel further negative trends right across the board. This should be considered as unacceptable by all concerned,” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “It is still early to say, but the current pandemic crisis might highlight the risks posed by its incompletion and the differences in regimes across the EU could create significant vulnerabilities” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about Commission ) : “With all its flaws, the plans presented by the Von der Leyen Commission go a good way towards meeting this vital challenge. Its thrust has to be endorsed. Arguments about, among others, whether loans or grants should be deployed and how recovery projects should be selected and conditioned should be subordinated to this overall priority” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “To deal with the crisis satisfactorily, the criteria of the recent past hardly apply,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “With all its flaws, the plans presented by the Von der Leyen Commission go a good way towards meeting this vital challenge. Its thrust has to be endorsed. Arguments about, among others, whether loans or grants should be deployed and how recovery projects should be selected and conditioned should be subordinated to this overall priority,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The fact we’re a small country means we cannot cover all committee, and in the last legislature we had nobody covering the transport committee,” “So effectively you had a package of laws which, in this case, is the subject of differences between east and west a fight over social conditions in the east making cheaper the demand for goods from the west” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly triggered the reduction of banking services and the European Commission needs to explain how it is acting to ensure that the pandemic is not used by banks to permanently reduce services for consumers,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about Green Deal ) : “For instance, in response to Green Deal exigencies, significant resources will apply to the promotion of clean energy applications, like the creation of a million charging stations for electric cars. Naturally producers of the latter, mainly located in two member states, will benefit most from this” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, May 29, 2020 2:28:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Green Deal ) : “Who will exactly benefit from the envisaged recovery plan?... For instance, in response to Green Deal exigencies, significant resources will apply to the promotion of clean energy applications, like the creation of a million charging stations for electric cars. Naturally producers of the latter, mainly located in two member states, will benefit most from this,” “Care will have to be taken to ensure that the recovery plan, positive as it is, does not serve to widen instead of narrow existing divergences between different regions of the Union” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Rapid deepening and enlargement became the order of the day, sometimes run in a hegemonic manner. The deepening such as with the eurozone but also Schengen was left half done” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, May 22, 2020 12:39:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “If I am to admit the truth, I must say that for me, in appointing a chief of police, the process by which the government must issue a call for applications, conduct an examination of applicants, present whoever is chosen before a parliamentary committee and the rest... it all sounds like a charade and nothing else,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, May 4, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Such a fair deal would be in line with the values of social justice in employment matters that the EU rightly proclaims and expects its members to respect,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “likely underestimating the ripple effects resulting from the economic downturn as well as its actual extent, even if the public health situation improves overall according to the available best-case scenarios,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The financial ‘bazooka’ being used on a European level is not impressive enough, even if added to the national efforts by member state governments, especially when compared with that of the US. Moreover the way it was negotiated and agreed betrays the lack of a common vision regarding the objectives that are being set,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "The financial 'bazooka' being used on a European level is not impressive enough, even if added to the national efforts by member state governments, especially when compared with that of the US. Moreover the way it was negotiated and agreed betrays the lack of a common vision regarding the objectives that are being set" "The so-called north-south controversy is obscuring the probability that, contrary to the 2008 financial crisis, knock-on and knockdown effects will this time swing from south to north, vice versa, and back, since both production and demand have been hit deeply within our single market which over the last 10 years, has become increasingly services oriented" External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 18, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It notes that Ryanair and Air Malta have been alternating in vying for the top spot in terms of seat share, but from now on, Ryanair will certainly grow its already sizeable presence in Malta, including gaining access to non-EU markets in North Africa and, as a consequence, potentially becoming the dominant airline in Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:43:00 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

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 : “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



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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Evarist Bartolo said ( about Alfred Sant ) : "I spoke about these mafia tentacles many times, but unfortunately, the past three prime ministers, not including this current one, failed to take action. The only prime minister who took up the fight seriously was Alfred Sant," External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Evarist Bartolo said ( about Alfred Sant ) : "I would appreciate it if, before I am attacked, you check your facts properly and look at those individuals who broke this country in the past and how perviously the only Prime Minister who fought against 'mafia tentacles' in Malta was Alfred Sant, unlike the three who came after him," External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:10:00 AM 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 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

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Alfred Sant told : “Depletion of some stocks has been reaching irreversible levels,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “But then to defend the sale of virgin land in Gharghur, if I understood correctly, the Church said that it was not the one to build on the land and it has to be environmental authorities who ensure that the land is used properly,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, October 1, 2021 11:13:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant observed : “When new legislation is being mooted, like in the digital area, we all stress the need for regulations to maintain proportionality,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Rather, the exceptional measures adopted under the temporary framework for the hospitality industry sectors affected by the COVID-19 crisis must be maintained, no matter what the received wisdom about competition and other rules says” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, June 14, 2021 8:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Soon, if we continue like this, there will be nothing left to save. That is why Gozo is at a crossroads,” External link

gozonews Sunday, May 30, 2021 4:39:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Soon, if we continue like this, there will be nothing left to save. That is why Gozo is at a crossroads,” External link

gozonews Friday, May 28, 2021 2:12:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant wrote : “Soon, if we continue in this way, there will not be anything left to save. Gozo is at crossroads,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, May 28, 2021 1:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I’ve always found Feliċ Agius to be a man of great intelligence and diligence, loyal to his principles, his family, Labour, and his country,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, May 21, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "Though in military terms Israel remains dominant even when under attack, it is terrible that the progressive and peace-loving potential majority within its population has been unable or unwilling to maintain the political momentum toward the two-state solution," "The truth is that there is no longer any reasonable way by which outsiders can support Israeli policies towards the Palestinians and the EU should make this clear" External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:07:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “This is like what happened with divorce over the years, where it started with a big majority against the idea, and then it slowly started to change,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, May 17, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “For a lot of people in Malta it is tied with the idea of protection of children, so one would have strong emotions towards it,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, May 17, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Not all that the Opposition proposes should be discarded. The private member’s Bill that it has put forward to make public all the formal sittings and documentation related to them of the environmental regulatory top bodies, makes sense and should be given serious consideration,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, May 8, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As a full member of the Council of Europe, Russia is failing to honour its commitment under the Council’s charter. However, the resolution repeats and amplifies accusations that are part of a long exchange game between Russia and its critics. The objectivity and transparency of these claims are doubtful” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, May 3, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant warned : “Clearly, the endpoint to such escalation could be war, for which the blame would not be attached to only one side,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:24:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As a full member of the Council of Europe, Russia is failing to honour its commitment under the Council’s charter,” “However, the [European Parliament] resolution repeats and amplifies accusations that are part of a long exchange game between Russia and its critics. The objectivity and transparency of these claims are doubtful,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:24:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “As a full member of the Council of Europe, Russia is failing to honour its commitment under the Council’s charter. However, the resolution repeats and amplifies accusations that are part of a long exchange game between Russia and its critics. The objectivity and transparency of these claims are doubtful,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, May 1, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "What has happened is that while construction outside existing urban centres has continued at a rapid rate, towns and village centres have also been subject to extensive works," "But instead of this work leading to improvements in traditional buildings, old houses were demolished in favour of tall apartment buildings that are leading to the loss of all character in our towns" External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "We shouldn’t just restrict construction, but we should say we’re going to have real regulation and real prohibitions," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:15:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Our rhetoric is that united as Europe, we stand a better chance of solving problems that cut across frontiers. Unfortunately, that claim was not reinforced by how the covid-19 pandemic has been dealt with” “The EU can play a useful role in such emergency only if there is there is a clear political will shared by all or most member states and only if there exist the administrative, diplomatic, scientific, regulatory and commercial structures that know each other, trust each other and deal easily with each other” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:56:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “They relished their role and would not have liked others to share in it so I then thought,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:41:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Unfortunately, the record has been patchy at best when rule of law considerations have come up for scrutiny by EU institutions, not least this Parliament. Consistenly, political criteria served to trump fact based approaches. All sides have played this game but the text we have voted upon limits such effects” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “At present, despite the rhetoric, mechanisms that truly safeguard the rule of law in the EU do not exist,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The EU needs a mechanism to safeguard the rule of law,” External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Why are two weights two measures used?” External link

timesofmalta Thursday, March 25, 2021 6:35:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant asked : “Why are two weights two measures used?” External link

timesofmalta Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Digital platforms should be reporting sellers and the income they derive using their platform” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:29:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant says : “I’ve been in politics for 30 to 40 years. And I’ve been preaching about that the ‘friends of friends’ it’s a Gonzi problem, it’s a Joseph Muscat problem, a Mintoff problem, a Fenech Adami problem” External link

MaltaToday Monday, March 15, 2021 12:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Both sides did not reach an agreement to reign in the violent elements the bombs outside the houses of Labour politicians and targeting State institutions I have no proof, but I cannot imagine someone from Labour planting them,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici inherited a government facing big economic, political and constitutional problems, compounded by the private and church schools issue in all this he helped pacify the situation, even if it boiled over with the murder of Raymond Caruana,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “All I can say is keep it up,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Fenech Adami ) : “He rode the wave of an economy that was doing well, even if based on things that one has to be careful of because they can sink you. He also ensured social justice by seeing that the wealth generated filtered down, something that previous Nationalist administrations under Fenech Adami and Gonzi did not do,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, March 12, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We needed this race to happen in order to acquire swift control over the pandemic. So now that we have reached the production stage for the vaccines that have been created, it is incredible that world governments remain apparently tied to a business as a usual approach regarding the production and delivery of vaccines,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “At this point, the report’s proposals aimed at reducing in-work poverty, especially through stronger collective bargaining systems and adequate minimum income and pensions are highly commendable,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant noted : “Laws should be enforced. There should be good apparatus, which there is not, to monitor what is being done, to control construction and to not let certain people in the industry act like cowboys, which is what is happening,” “I think people associated with construction need to be much more professional than they are being” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 15, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “They're living 30 years back when this issue perhaps needed to be discussed because there weren't so many media outlets; now there are media outlets” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 15, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “There is definitely something that is wrong within the procedure of the courts, with professionals of the court, with the justices of the court because the justices, frankly, should be criticised as well, as it seems you can't criticise them,” “Then, it’s a question of how matters are left to die out. A number of high-profile cases have never been completed. You can go back and see from my times and other times as well; cases just drag and drag and drag” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 15, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the US, Federal Reserve action to counter the pandemic was paralleled almost right from the start by fiscal responses from the US government side,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:32:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “I did so out of prudence. The text ignores the neutrality principle that is a constitutional core of EU member-states like Malta. Moreover, I am critical of the Defence Fund and the so-called "strategic autonomy" focusing on the military that is being advocated in it” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, February 8, 2021 1:33:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “The text ignores the neutrality principle that is a constitutional core of EU member-states like Malta. Moreover, I am critical of the Defence Fund and the so-called ‘strategic autonomy’ focusing on the military that is being advocated in it” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added ( about Commission ) : “Moreover, the whole process by which the fund has been set up seems flawed. Companies whose leaders were part of the 2016 Group of Personalities advising the European Commission to create a military research programme are largely benefiting from those programmes today,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “I voted in favour because it sends a timely political message at a moment when a growing number of Europeans are facing difficulties to access a decent level of housing” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “I voted in favour because it sends a timely political message at a moment when a growing number of Europeans are facing difficulties to access a decent level of housing,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, February 1, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I absolutely cannot support disproportionate proposals for tax harmonisation as featured in the resolution,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I fully agree that such approaches should be denounced and combated, which is why I support the increase of public scrutiny in the processes of the Code of Conduct Group that draws up the list,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “In the current public health scenario worldwide, an anti-COVID vaccine cannot but be considered as a public good. Like it or not, it’s a war. If needed to secure the means to win the war, all private goods become public,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “However, there is still a way to go and a clear need to recover while embedding resilience in our economy. This will allow us to be better prepared for the next crisis” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “However, there is still a way to go and a clear need to recover while embedding resilience in our economy. This will allow us to be better prepared for the next crisis” External link

timesofmalta Friday, January 15, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The best these people should hope for is a rationalisation in the development and organisation of the Mrieħel industrial estate. Otherwise, there is nothing to justify the destruction of agricultural land in one of the most fertile zones in Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The financing mix of European SMEs has barely changed over the past years and remains reliant on bank loans. The CMU report on improving access to capital market finance, in particular by SMEs, has clearly called for the creation and prioritisation of a large, private and pan-European fund to support SME funding” External link

MaltaIndipendent Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:19:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant commented : “If someone you dislike makes a move, just unload on him all the allegations you can put together,” “When someone you agree with does the same, make sure you give him full support and do not bother with niceties” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant declared ( about Robert Abela ) : “Robert Abela was right to criticise those interested in undermining the government of the day” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “we live in a very small society and the hypocritical attitudes it generates are gigantic” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “We cannot continue with the strategy to widen main roads at the expense of agricultural land, more so in fertile areas such as Mriehel,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 21, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The European Parliament is fuelling the perception that it wants more taxation on citizens does this improve its political standing? There has been little real progress in designing rule of law evaluative processes that minimise politicisation” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 21, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “If what is being said is true... then protests are justified,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, December 21, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “This is a politicised process which has now been given a legal and political solution. But the concession given to these countries is that when they appeal a rule of law warning and seek the European Court of Justice’s decision, the European Commission must suspend its action, something that could go against the executive’s independence. For now, politically, this is being allowed,” External link

MaltaToday Monday, December 14, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Without journalism, no democracy. This might sound indisputable but today criminals for 22 murders of journalists have still not been condemned for their acts in Europe, according to data from the Council of Europe” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 7, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant told : “Any attempt to ride roughshod over constitutional traditions developed in the course of decades and centuries could be dangerous as it opens up a whole range of manoeuvre for the extreme right to attack and undermine national democratic freedoms” External link

MaltaIndipendent Monday, December 7, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Without journalism, no democracy. This might sound indisputable but today criminals for 22 murders of journalists have still not been condemned for their acts in Europe, according to data from the Council of Europe” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, December 2, 2020 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Green Deal ) : “The fact is that, independently from the current circumstances, not all countries are aligned or start from the same point. This is why providing support to public administrations is essential. Reaffirming a strong commitment to the Green Deal is not enough to deal with the reality of the implementation on the ground” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant argued : “The derogation is needed in order to balance the already disadvantaged status of Maltese farmers in the European market. This is especially crucial in the Maltese dairy, tomatoes, beef and sheep sectors. Voluntary coupled support is needed not only to sustain production levels of important sectors, but also to help the agricultural sector compete with excessively high land prices and to safeguard the countryside landscape,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The dairy sector also exerts an important pull on the use of arable land, as half of our utilised agricultural area is earmarked for the cultivation of fodder. Without a viable dairy sector, farmers producing fodder would have no outlet to sell to,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “On-going digital transition in education was accelerated more than existing infrastructures were ready for,” External link

gozonews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “There is an opportunity to rethink the future of education but it has to be coupled to the priority of addressing the digital education gap,” “The European Council’s decision to slash flagship education programmes in the next long-term EU budget undercuts both opportunity and priority” External link

gozonews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant concluded : “COVID-19 exacerbated this dilemma, not least by ensuring that there was quick consensus that at least for a while, Stability and Growth Pact guidelines were to be thrown out of the window” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, November 1, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Without this derogation, Maltese farmers would face massive drops of essential support that could mean the definite collapse of the sector,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It is essential that the CAP is adapted to the current socio-economic conditions of all member states and such adaptation has to include the needs of the different landscapes within the EU,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “I am convinced this is not the case, but that people believe this is worrying at a time when general concern on the coronavirus is growing,” External link

MaltaToday Friday, October 23, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Proposals reflecting EU objectives acknowledged by all, such as the plastic levy agreed upon at Council level, are extremely fit for purpose. Nevertheless, other proposals in the text have been advanced with a regrettable disregard for the damage they would inflict on the economy of individual Member States,” “The problem is that mostly, the smaller to smallest member states are affected. Were it otherwise, and the interests of the larger states were involved, the approach would be much more cautious” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, October 3, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “I could never agree with a SOFA” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "I always had a soft spot for the United States and its people; and I continue to have one. But I have a larger soft spot for the sovereignty of an independent and free Malta, and its neutrality," External link

MaltaToday Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It’s useless for those who are against abortion to present people who are in favour of abortion as outsiders or heartless people,” External link

MaltaToday Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Though I am personally averse to this Parliament pronouncing itself on the affairs of outside countries, there come moments when solidarity with the struggle for democracy and against dictatorship overrides all other considerations. So, while not taking part in the main separate votes on this report, I voted in favour of the final text, as a gesture of solidarity with the Belarusian people in their fight for liberty,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, September 19, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “The locus of decision-making within the institutions has shifted again towards the Council. Both the Commission and the Parliament make bold proposals, then go into wait-and-see mode while member states palaver about the issues” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, September 18, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “The Commission admitted that the reduction in banking services may have an impact on access to basic banking services among EU citizens, especially among those unfamiliar with digital banking. Transformations within the sector, such as the acceleration of digital payments at the expense of cash, may have an impact on financial inclusion,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The place was squalid, in shambles, with litter and dirt all over the place,” External link

timesofmalta Friday, August 14, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “What constitutes a breach of the rule of law is still open to interpretation that too often discriminates between Member States. Moreover, the implementation of rule of law provisions including decisions to apply sanctions can only be as objective as possible if the agency that applies them is independent of all other agencies in the Union,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It also needs to have a quasi-judicial status and the power to investigate cases of infringement as they arise,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “I will continue to support a necessary and healthy tax competition in the EU. This needs to be framed in a fair and transparent way, also adapted to the very dynamic platform economy. The tax subcommittee should represent diversified perspectives. The interests of small peripheral countries are crucial in this respect and their role in shaping the future of tax policies in Europe is just as valid as that of bigger players and markets” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:55:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “I will continue to support a necessary and healthy tax competition in the EU. This needs to be framed in a fair and transparent way, also adapted to the very dynamic platform economy. The tax subcommittee should represent diversified perspectives. The interests of small peripheral countries are crucial in this respect and their role in shaping the future of tax policies in Europe is just as valid as that of bigger players and markets,” External link

timesofmalta Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “There is no point in blaming just one side for this; both are responsible. Yet meanwhile a huge economic recession is creeping in,” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “Pessimism about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations or indeed their breakdown, will only serve to fuel further negative trends right across the board. This should be considered as unacceptable by all concerned,” External link

gozonews Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant stated : “It is still early to say, but the current pandemic crisis might highlight the risks posed by its incompletion and the differences in regimes across the EU could create significant vulnerabilities” External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about Commission ) : “With all its flaws, the plans presented by the Von der Leyen Commission go a good way towards meeting this vital challenge. Its thrust has to be endorsed. Arguments about, among others, whether loans or grants should be deployed and how recovery projects should be selected and conditioned should be subordinated to this overall priority” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:26:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “To deal with the crisis satisfactorily, the criteria of the recent past hardly apply,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “With all its flaws, the plans presented by the Von der Leyen Commission go a good way towards meeting this vital challenge. Its thrust has to be endorsed. Arguments about, among others, whether loans or grants should be deployed and how recovery projects should be selected and conditioned should be subordinated to this overall priority,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The fact we’re a small country means we cannot cover all committee, and in the last legislature we had nobody covering the transport committee,” “So effectively you had a package of laws which, in this case, is the subject of differences between east and west a fight over social conditions in the east making cheaper the demand for goods from the west” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Commission ) : “The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly triggered the reduction of banking services and the European Commission needs to explain how it is acting to ensure that the pandemic is not used by banks to permanently reduce services for consumers,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant stated ( about Green Deal ) : “For instance, in response to Green Deal exigencies, significant resources will apply to the promotion of clean energy applications, like the creation of a million charging stations for electric cars. Naturally producers of the latter, mainly located in two member states, will benefit most from this” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, May 29, 2020 2:28:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant said ( about Green Deal ) : “Who will exactly benefit from the envisaged recovery plan?... For instance, in response to Green Deal exigencies, significant resources will apply to the promotion of clean energy applications, like the creation of a million charging stations for electric cars. Naturally producers of the latter, mainly located in two member states, will benefit most from this,” “Care will have to be taken to ensure that the recovery plan, positive as it is, does not serve to widen instead of narrow existing divergences between different regions of the Union” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Rapid deepening and enlargement became the order of the day, sometimes run in a hegemonic manner. The deepening such as with the eurozone but also Schengen was left half done” External link

MaltaIndipendent Friday, May 22, 2020 12:39:00 AM EAT

Alfred Sant remarked : “If I am to admit the truth, I must say that for me, in appointing a chief of police, the process by which the government must issue a call for applications, conduct an examination of applicants, present whoever is chosen before a parliamentary committee and the rest... it all sounds like a charade and nothing else,” External link

timesofmalta Monday, May 4, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “Such a fair deal would be in line with the values of social justice in employment matters that the EU rightly proclaims and expects its members to respect,” External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant added : “likely underestimating the ripple effects resulting from the economic downturn as well as its actual extent, even if the public health situation improves overall according to the available best-case scenarios,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “The financial ‘bazooka’ being used on a European level is not impressive enough, even if added to the national efforts by member state governments, especially when compared with that of the US. Moreover the way it was negotiated and agreed betrays the lack of a common vision regarding the objectives that are being set,” External link

MaltaToday Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : "The financial 'bazooka' being used on a European level is not impressive enough, even if added to the national efforts by member state governments, especially when compared with that of the US. Moreover the way it was negotiated and agreed betrays the lack of a common vision regarding the objectives that are being set" "The so-called north-south controversy is obscuring the probability that, contrary to the 2008 financial crisis, knock-on and knockdown effects will this time swing from south to north, vice versa, and back, since both production and demand have been hit deeply within our single market which over the last 10 years, has become increasingly services oriented" External link

timesofmalta Saturday, April 18, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Alfred Sant said : “It notes that Ryanair and Air Malta have been alternating in vying for the top spot in terms of seat share, but from now on, Ryanair will certainly grow its already sizeable presence in Malta, including gaining access to non-EU markets in North Africa and, as a consequence, potentially becoming the dominant airline in Malta,” External link

MaltaToday Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:43:00 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

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 : “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



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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Evarist Bartolo said ( about Alfred Sant ) : "I spoke about these mafia tentacles many times, but unfortunately, the past three prime ministers, not including this current one, failed to take action. The only prime minister who took up the fight seriously was Alfred Sant," External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Evarist Bartolo said ( about Alfred Sant ) : "I would appreciate it if, before I am attacked, you check your facts properly and look at those individuals who broke this country in the past and how perviously the only Prime Minister who fought against 'mafia tentacles' in Malta was Alfred Sant, unlike the three who came after him," External link

MaltaIndipendent Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:10:00 AM 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 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