The Plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg approved the report on the challenge of new investments in Europe presented by former Prime Minister Alfred Sant as Rapporteur for the S&D Group in the Economic Monetary Committee of the European Parliament (ECON). The report was approved with 423 votes in favour, 210 against and 48 abstentions.
Dr Sant told the European Parliament that the state of the European economy still remains less than satisfactory. While growth has now emerged, it remains uneven and sluggish, even as doubts persist about European competitiveness. While unemployment is retreating overall and new jobs are being created, the situation on the jobs market remains bleak, not least for young people. While the pessimism about the future that was prevalent a few years ago has retreated, investment still is at historically low levels.
The Maltese MEP said the situation as of now is that there is a very significant shortfall in investment, both public and private, compared to what we were used to in the not so distant past. This investment dearth is not happening just in Europe, but across the capitalist world. “Still, it is of interest to us all to reflect about what can be done to reverse the trend.” he told the EP.
Dr Sant said that two other main lessons can be underlined on country specific recommendations. “First is the importance of allocating more resources to create a “European investment culture” through new investments on education, knowledge based activities not least in the digital field but also the basic sciences, all tieing into research and development, as well as the quest for innovation. Secondly, in the need to ensure that country specific recommendations are meaningful to all relevant national actors, so that they also “own” them, a central involvement should be given to sub-national and regional authorities.” remarked the Maltese MEP.
Dr Sant acknowledged the emphasis that the European Commission, in its initiatives and in its country specific recommendations, has given to the topic of investment. “Still the Commission needs to affirm the need for more public investment that is sharper, better focused, better planned, better implemented. However about this not all agree.”
Shadow rapporteurs from the different groups of the EP participated in the debate which was also attended by Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union and Ivan Korčok, the Slovak State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic representing the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU in relation to the EU institutions.
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Maltese Version – IL-PARLAMENT EWROPEW JAPPROVA PROPOSTI TA’ ALFRED SANT DWAR INVESTIMENTI ĠODDA FL-EWROPA
Is-sessjoni Plenarja tal-Parlament Ewropew fi Strasburgu approvat ir-rapport fuq l-isfida ta’ investimenti ġodda fl-Ewropa mressaq minn Alfred Sant bħala Rapporteur tas-Soċjalisti u Demokratiċi fil-Parlament Eworpew. Ir-rapport ġie approvat b’423 vot favur, 210 kontra u 48 astensjonijiet.
F’diskors fil-Parlament Ewropew, Dr Sant qal li l-kompetittivita’ tal-ekonomija Ewropea qiegħda fid-dubju, minkejja li beda jidher tkabbir fl-ekonomija. Waqt li qed jonqos il-qgħad u jinħolqu impjiegi ġodda, il-prospetti mhumiex inkoraġġanti, l-aktar għaż-żgħażagħ. Il-pessimiżmu m’għadux daqstant qawwi, imma l-investiment għadu f’livelli baxxi ħafna. Kien hemm tnaqqis fl-investiment, privat u pubbliku, imqabbel ma’ dak li konna imdorrijin bih. Dan mhux iseħħ fl-Ewropa biss, imma fid-dinja kapitalista. “Aħna jinteressana kif se nreġġgħu lura dit-tendenza”.
Dwar ir-rakkomandazzjonijiet speċifiċi għall-istati membri tal-Unjoni Ewropea, Sant saħaq dwar il-ħtieġa ta’ aktar riżorsi għall-ħolqien ta’ ‘kultura Ewropea ta’ investiment’ b’investimenti ġodda fl-edukazzjoni, attivita’ diġitali, ix-xjenzi bażiċi għar-riċerka u żvilupp u innovazzjoni. Huwa importanti li kull stat membru jagħmel dawn ir-rakkomandazzjonijiet bl-involviment tal-istati awtoritajiet reġjonali.
Dr Sant qabel mal-enfasi li qed tagħti l-Kummissjoni Ewropea lill-investiment. “Iżda l-Kummissjoni trid tisħaq aktar dwar investiment pubbliku li jkun iffukat, ippjanat u implimentat aħjar, minkejja li mhux kulħadd jaqbel ma’ dan”, saħaq Alfred Sant.
Shadow rapporteurs mill-gruppi differenti tal-Parlament Ewropew ħadu sehem fid-diskussjoni. Kienu preżenti wkoll Valdis Dombrovskis, Viċi President tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea u Ivan Korčok, f’isem il-Presidenza Slovakka tal-Kunsill Ewropew.
Tista’ ssegwi l-intervent ta’ Dr Sant fuq din il-link