Q&A with Steve Ellul

Steve Ellul, a Partit Laburista candidate for the European Parliament, shares his vision in a 5-question interview with The Journal.

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

We often hear that people are sceptical about politics, that they do not believe in politicians’ ability to represent them.

I believe that it is our generation’s responsabilty to turn the tide. I feel that, today, we have the responsibility to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for the upcoming young generations of Europeans.

We can turn the tide. We have to turn the tide. We need to provide tangible solutions to accelerate the transitions towards a better economic model, one which empowers people and is powered by clean energy.

We need to work harder for peace, progress, and prosperity.

People want to believe in better days and I intend to pursue just that.

2. What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I am a new candidate, and this will be my first ever election to contest.

I consider myself as a progressive Social Democrat, a pragmatic moderate, and solution-driven. I do not see myself as a politician in the traditional sense of the word but rather a pragmatic and solution-driven individual who wants to bring positive change in people’s lives.

My experience in the private and financial sector allows me to see things from a different perspective. I believe we can to use the dynamism and innovation-drive of our corporate community as a force for positive change and societal progress.

I keep on meeting young individuals, motivated workers, trade unionists, and experienced entrepreneurs who seek to do well whilst doing the right thing. I want to be an enabler for this approach. Together we can build a stronger community, not just here in Malta but all across Europe.

This is where our call – Flimkien insaħħu lil Malta Pajjiżna (Together let’s strengthen Malta, our country) -comes from.

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

I am not content in seeing my country as yet another EU member state. I want my country to be a model for other European states in quality of life and the transition towards a greener and cleaner economic model.

I want to ensure that one-size-fits-all policies stop impacting negatively smaller member states in the periphery, just like ours. This is something Alfred Sant has been advocating since day 1 and I want to keep on pushing this agenda.

I want more progress for families and small businesses, but there is no progress without peace. This is why I want to help building a coalition of peace with like-minded progressives that want to guarantee a liveable continent for our kids.

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

It’s crystal clear that we need to join forces to address challenges related to security and defence effectively while keeping peace. By working together and sharing what we know, we can better protect our digital and physical realms.

As we rebound from the pandemic, we must not forget the human side of things. Economic resilience is crucial and imperative. A resilient society means making sure everyone has a fair shot at a better future.

Our commitment to fighting climate change must also be unwavering. Transitioning to renewable energy sources is crucial, but we must also tackle biodiversity loss and embrace the circular economy.

It’s time to act together. Europe can, once again, lead by example on the global stage.

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?

As we consider further integration, it’s vital to strike a thoughtful balance that respects the significance of national sovereignty. National sovereignty, after all, forms the foundation of democratic governance, enabling each nation to make decisions that best serve its citizens.

Supporting the European project doesn’t equate to disregarding national sovereignty. Instead, it means recognising the inherent value in both concepts.

While the EU should continue to evolve and deepen its integration when it offers concrete benefits for everyone involved, it should also uphold the principle that certain matters are best handled at the national level.

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