My position on this vote carries the previous stances I took on the assessment of potential breaches of the rule of law in the EU.
Questions regarding respect for the rule of law in member states constitute a crucial issue which needs to be tackled in a transparent and fully clinical – not to say objective – manner.
However the procedures adopted in this House to consider and pass judgement on governmental decision making in our Member States are not objective, transparent or fair.
I say so from personal knowledge of how such procedures are being applied in the case of my country, Malta, where the methods adopted by Members of this Parliament to examine governance issues, are crassly biased.
This has happened to the extent that when so-called NGOs are consulted about the situation in the country, they are chosen in a partisan and one sided way.
If such approaches are adopted with regard to a given country, it cannot be excluded that they are also followed in other instances.
The politicised manner by which this Parliament investigates governance issues nullify the credibility and legitimacy of such investigations.
I do not want my vote to give the impression that this fundamental flaw is non-problematic.