Taking the next steps in Malta’s successful EU journey

The Labour Party has published its guiding principles for the upcoming European elections.

The Labour Party has unveiled its manifesto for the upcoming European Elections. Grounded in ten key principles, the Labour Party’s vision for the next term in the European Parliament will be implemented by MEPs elected on the 8th June.

1. MALTA FIRST: FIRM IN OUR BELIEFS

The Labour Party promises to work towards a more social Europe with the country’s interests at the forefront. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will be guided by this principle. They will stand firm in the face of pressures that oppose the national interests. Maltese and Gozitan families and businesses will always come first.

2. MALTA: THE VOICE OF PEACE

Malta was, is, and will remain a committed promoter of peace in Europe and across the world. The Labour Party promote this persistently in all the respective fora, including the European Parliament and all other European institutions. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will ensure that the Europe we are part of serves as a promoter of peace amongst people worldwide, rather than a source of conflict or division.

3. A COMPETITIVE MALTA IN A FAIR, SINGLE MARKET

The EU’s competitiveness drives economic and employment growth, requiring regulations that support objectives without hindering businesses. Labour Party MEPs will champion legislation addressing these needs, ensuring thorough assessments for small and island member states like Malta and advocating for reduced bureaucracy to improve EU aid accessibility.

4. CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is a global challenge, but also an opportunity for the European Union. We need a well-planned and comprehensive EU-wide policy that is both realistic and adaptable to the specific circumstances of each member state. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will encourage environmental reforms that complement wealth creation, and will also push for ambitious legislation that considers our specific circumstances as a Mediterranean island member state.

5. IMMIGRATION

The Labour Party upholds the fundamental rights of individuals and advocates for humanitarian protection of those in need. Through strengthening legal and diplomatic mechanisms, it aims to repatriate immigrants without the right to stay in the European Union. Additionally, it aims to encourage more incentives to attract skilled workers to the EU, whilst respecting existing national schemes.

6. STRONGER CONNECTIVITY

Stronger connectivity is a key driver of wealth creation and economic growth. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will prioritise legislation that promotes decarbonisation while safeguarding the interests of small islands like Malta.

7. GOZO: AN ISLAND OF VILLAGES

Gozo has emerged as a powerful economic driver in recent years, with private sector employment doubling in number – a record surge in Gozo. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will strive to leverage the unique advantages that islands like Gozo possess.

8. EUROPEAN FUNDS

Prime Minister Robert Abela secured a record allocation of EU funds for 2021-2027, which will lead to investments that complement those from previous budgets and national funds. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will actively participate in all discussions concerning European funds, aimed at maximising our country’s potential in accessing, allocating, and utilizing these funds effectively.

9. AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

Despite global challenges, the Labour Government has bolstered farmers, animal breeders, and fishermen, establishing exemplary success stories. Aligned with the Maltese government, Labour MEPs pledge to collaborate closely with Maltese agricultural and fishing sectors to enhance their competitiveness, promising to lessen administrative burdens and uphold equitable conditions for all Europeans.

10. THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

In the next legislature, we are expecting to see continued discussions on sensitive topics and important decisions that will shape the future of the European Union. Members of the European Parliament elected on behalf of the Labour Party will be at the forefront of discussions with other strategic partners outside the European Union. This will be of direct benefit to European Union citizens in addressing issues such as trade, immigration, and climate change.

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