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