Al­fred Sant: Euro­pean So­cial­ists agreed unan­i­mously to vote for Leo Brin­cat

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Al­fred Sant, Head of the Labour Del­e­ga­tion at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, said that he was taken aback with the ma­li­cious and un­founded al­le­ga­tions that Mr Casa and his friends made on the votes by the So­cial­ists and Democrats at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment on the can­di­da­ture of Leo Brin­cat for the Euro­pean Court of Au­di­tors dur­ing the Ple­nary at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

Dr Sant said that in their vast ma­jor­ity, the S&D Group voted in favour of Mr Brin­cat’s can­di­da­ture.

Dur­ing the S&D meet­ing be­fore the Ple­nary, there was a unan­i­mous agree­ment that the S&D vote would be in favour of Mr Brin­cat. No one aired any ob­jec­tion to this de­ci­sion.

Dr Sant said that Gianni Pit­tella, the Head of the S&D, de­plored the par­ti­san at­ti­tude of the EPP and said that in spite it does not re­flect his be­lief, if the EPP con­tin­ues to fol­low this par­ti­san at­ti­tude on nom­i­na­tions at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, the S&D would be con­strained to fol­low suit.

“I must ad­mit I was sur­prised with the mes­sage is­sued to­day by the Leader of the Na­tion­al­ist Del­e­ga­tion at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment when he stated that if Mr Leo Brin­cat pur­sues his can­di­da­ture for the Euro­pean Court of Au­di­tors, this would be an af­front to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment,” said Dr Sant.

“I was sur­prised for this rea­son: Dur­ing the first meet­ing with the Leader of the Na­tion­al­ist Del­e­ga­tion at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, when we dis­cussed the ap­point­ments be­tween Mr Brin­cat and mem­bers of the Euro­pean Pop­u­lar Party, Mr Casa told me: ‘Leo Brin­cat should not re­peat Dr Toni Abela’s “mis­take” and should not bind him­self with the vote at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.’

Dr Sant said that Mr Casa told him that should there be a neg­a­tive vote in the pro­ce­dures of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, Mr Brin­cat should make sure to fol­low his nom­i­na­tion till the very end, pend­ing the de­ci­sion taken by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters.

“This is what pre­cisely Mr Leo Brin­cat is do­ing; he is fol­low­ing Mr Casa’s ad­vice. It is not fair that we say some­thing when we are face to face, and some­thing dif­fer­ent when we speak in the pub­lic,” said Dr Sant.

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