Q&A with Clint Azzopardi Flores

Ahead of the 8th June European Parliament elections, The Journal sits down with Clint Azzopardi Flores, a Partit Laburista candidate, for a 5-question exploration of what he stands for.

1. What drives your decision to run for the European Parliament in the upcoming elections?

First and foremost, my loyalty towards the people who encouraged me to run for politics.

2. What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I think my former roles within the EU’s institutions. I had the opportunity to work at the European Parliament, the Council, and closely with the European External Action Service. Perhaps, I can add a little more value.

3. What would be your top goals if you were elected?

People’s interests and the national interest, including our neutrality. My focus is also the EU Budget for wealth creation, foreign direct investment for Malta, and diplomacy. On another note, quoting the EPP’s Manfred Weber, I think we, as Socialists, must resist the EPP’s idea to go for a war with Russia.

4. What, in your view, are the most pressing issues the European Union will be facing in the next five years?

Security, if the Republicans are elected in the US. They have to rethink the way to handle Ukraine’s war. The green transition is also a priority which adds to the strategic autonomy of the EU. However, the EU’s top priority is the handling of the war in Ukraine and the green transition.

5a. As a general principle, do you support further integration of the European project?

It depends on whether the countries reach the conditionalities and reforms needed to join the EU.

5b. Should the EU’s Member States confer on the Union competence over more areas that are currently of exclusive national competence in a bid to improve efficiency, consistency, and harmonisation, and to further protect citizens’ rights?

No. They are never in the interest of Maltese people, but of the French and the Germans. The system is designed for a one size fits all, which does not work for certain Member States. Moreover, the EU Commission’s tentacles are everywhere, even in areas which are a prerogative of the Member States. Now even in taxation, they have found a way to skirt around the Treaty to apply pressure on Heads of state or government. The last remaining unanimity remains within the competence of foreign and security policy. Even here, the EU Commission want us to remove the unanimity principle.   

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Frank Pace
Frank Pace
5 months ago

From day one you spoke publicly , we realized that you are an expert in the field, and would never mislead your followers , thank you