Written Statements

Compatibility with the EU treaties of the proposed ceta agreement

Wide debate that went on internationally about comprehensive trade and investment treaties negotiated during past years has given rise to justified queries. Is the logic underpinning such treaties politically, economically and socially tenable under conditions of globalisation? No matter what one may think about Canada – and I have always been one of its admirers

Written Statements

Review of the Dutch Presidency: Council and Commission statements

During the last six months, the incoherencies at the heart of the EU’s policymaking have become sharper. Following the terrorist attacks on Brussels, the Dutch referendum on the Ukraine agreement and now Brexit, the EU construct is being increasingly seen as ineffective. We are told that the only viable way forward is by promoting “more”

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Mid-term review of the Investment Plan Session date: 08/06/2016

I am among those who are very disappointed with the outcomes of EFSI’s first year. The Commission’s euphoria about the results cannot be reconciled with the reality. But I am unsurprised things have turned out this way. The financial fundamentals of EFSI, based on relatively insignificant “own” funds, levered extensively through guarantees to surpass 300

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Discharge 2014: EU general budget – European Court of Auditors

Hearings before this Parliament for nominees to the EU’s Court of Auditors are consultative. Nominees who receive a negative vote in committee or plenary, can still be appointed if the Council of Ministers so decides. Dr Toni Abela was nominated this year by the Maltese government. He promised that if turned down by the relevant