Q&A with Jesmond Bonello

Jesmond Bonello, who is vying for a seat in the European Parliament under the Partit Laburista banner, opens up to The Journal in a 5-question interview about his vision.

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

My conviction that I can change things and more effectively represent the needs, wants, and beliefs of citizens is what motivated me to run for the European Parliament. My ultimate objective will continue to be to promote European laws and policies that will provide a higher standard of living for all of our hardworking Maltese residents.

2. What sets you apart from the other candidates?

My previous lobbying experience in European and national venues is an added advantage. Through my activism on behalf of workers, pensioners, and families, I hope to bridge some of the current gaps between legislators and the real-world difficulties that everyday people face.

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

Improving the quality of life for our residents will be my first priority if elected.

I support policies that close social disparities and promote equal opportunity for all people, regardless of socio-economic status, age, or educational level. Moreover, I will work to simplify citizens’ demands and concerns in the European Parliament.

Theodore Roosevelt stated that success depends on magnifying the voice of the people.

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

Over the next five years, the EU must reassess its socio-economic policies and decisions, both inside and outside the Union. Geopolitical considerations, energy prices, unemployment, immigration, decent living, and social inclusion should remain the primary issues in the coming year’s challenges.

Europe should focus more on its residents’ well-being and needs, rather than just economic concerns.

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

While promoting integration, I emphasise the necessity for policies that benefit citizens. It’s crucial to combine national identity and sovereignty with collaboration on issues that directly affect European residents’ livelihoods. This keeps the European project grounded in working-class realities. Recent farmers’ protests and appeals against the EU’s one-size-fits-all approach to harmonisation decisions were justified. Any harmonised EU strategy or policy must always consider Maltese realities.

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