I abstained on roll call votes on the European Defence Union report, and voted against the overall report for this reason: Malta is a neutral country. Its constitution prohibits participation in military alliances and in international cooperative efforts promoting warfare capabilities and exercises, unless backed by the UN. The report is based on premises for
My vote in favour of the Howitt resolution “EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement” is conditioned by the following: Nothing in the text should be understood now or in the future as tending to encourage the EU or its member states to include regime change as a component of their policy towards Iran.
Reindustrialization was supposed to have been a major plank of EU policy in past years. As an issue, it was only promoted sporadically, when major problems arose for major industrial players in major EU member states. Meanwhile, most other member states experienced continuing shocks to their industrial systems. They suffered big losses in employment and
This report makes a very significant reference to the fact that European SMEs and microenterprises currently rely in very large part on bank lending to finance their ongoing and investment initiatives. Opening access for them to new ways of funding projects is vitally important. However, it has to be kept in mind that such enterprises
Recent developments in Poland and their impact on fundamental rights as laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU
My vote on this motion carries the following reservations: I am not convinced that when the European Parliament is seeking to censure the actions of governments of our member states, we are following comparable methods of assessment and applying “principles” to situations in a transparent and fair manner. In most situations of national crisis and
The Report makes recommendations regarding an improvement in transparency related to the taxation measures applying in EU member states. I agree with these recommendations and fully support measures uniquely designed to promote full transparency in national tax treatments. However the report also proposes measures that implicitly or explicitly promote moves that on an EU wide