Labour unseated from important EP role

Malta ousted from the Socialists’ governing bureau

 

Malta’s Labour Party suffered a major defeat at the European Parliament as it lost its presence on the bureau of the Socialists and Democrats, the second most influential political grouping in the European chamber.

During an internal election among Socialist MEPs to elect a new Vice-President to fill the seat vacated by Miriam Dalli, who was representing Labour in the S&D Bureau, most MEPs voted out the Maltese representative indicated as the replacement for the post, Alex Agius Saliba.

Instead, the prestigious seat went to new Portuguese MEP Perdro Marquese, effectively ousting Malta from the Socialists’ governing bureau.

This comes as a blow to the Maltese delegation in the Socialist group. Normally, according to unwritten EP protocol, the seat vacated by Dalli would go to the same delegation – the Maltese members in this case – in order to maintain the equilibrium between member states within the bureau of the political group.

“For some reason this did not happen as the majority of Socialist MEPs preferred the Portuguese delegation over the Maltese. In political terms, this is not a good sign for Labour as it means that they have lost any influence they might have had on the agenda of the Socialists in the European Parliament,” EP sources told The Shift.

“They (Labour) have a reputational problem here as we are always hearing about corruption. This is a major problem, at least here,” as another source close to the S&D Group put it.

Both the Labour Party and Agius Saliba have remained silent on the matter.

Agius Saliba, elected MEP last year, is notorious for publicising his activities in Brussels, no matter how minimal, like becoming a member of an EP unofficial hunters’ lobby group.

Despite his young age, Aguis Saliba, 32, is currently the leader of Malta’s delegation in the Socialist group.

The other members are Gozitan Josianne Cutajar, former Labour Leader Alfred Sant and Cyrus Engerer, who was elected to replace Miriam Dalli, who is now Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development.

                           
                               
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Joseph Muscat
Joseph Muscat
1 month ago

So Roberta Metsola was elected by acclamation whereas Saliba and the MLP where dumped unceremoniously from a position that would under normal circumstances be retained. The MLP must realise you can’t fool many beyond these shores!

carlo
carlo
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Muscat

but they are fooling the honest illiterate workers who cannot follow the ongoing scandals whilst some shameless barons like gasan, apap bologna, db, j portelli the gozitan baron, yfenech, people of trust and corrupt ministers like konrot mizzi are still supporting this unruly lot and cashing on the taxpayer.

viv
viv
1 month ago

Congratulations to MEP Marquese!

Eduardo
Eduardo
1 month ago

The difference between European confidence and red blinkered Malta.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
1 month ago

Pity for Alex Agius Saliba, but at least, he will now become a member of the ‘nearly made it’ brigade, chaired by his kink Joseph Muscat.
The PL should change its motto to Reputation, reputation and reputation. They first lost it for Malta, and now they lost it for their party within their own family.

charles sammut
charles sammut
1 month ago

“for some reason, it did not happen”….the “some reason” is that the EP is very well aware of the failure of the Maltese government to ensure real justice is carried out with Muscat, Schembri, Mizzi, Cutajar and all the others who either turned a blind eye or were party to the rampant corruption that Muscat and his cohorts created! The EP is very well aware that Abela was Muscat’s lawyer and is a very good buddy of the same crook and the former is not doing his utmost to ensure these lying , conniving crooks are brought to book! This is the real reason!

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