The Malta Independent 21 October 2019, Monday

Alex Agius Saliba entrusted by Socialists and Democrats Group with number of political appointments

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 14:22 Last update: about 2 months ago

Newly elected, Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba was entrusted by the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D) with a number of key political appointments, a PL statement read.

For the Employment Committee, he will scrutinise the spending of public money by the European Commission and other EU institutions and agencies. This appointment is MEP Agius Saliba's first official position as an S&D spokesperson in the Employment Committee for six different reports.

His responsibilities will be to report on the performance, financial management and control of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the European Training Foundation.

MEP Alex Agius Saliba said: ''It is a great honour for me to be entrusted, as a new MEP, with such an important task. Over the years, this procedure has become a vital political tool to check how public money has been spent. The Parliament has refused, a few times, to clear the accounts of various EU agencies, including to the European Commission. This decision was so sensitive that it once even brought down the Commission itself."

MEP Alex Agius Saliba has also been appointed to several other positions and reports. In the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, he became the permanent rapporteur responsible for the Radio Equipment Directive.

''This, extremely technical but key file for European consumers and business, is laying down the requirements for electronic equipment such as TVs, mobiles, and wi-fi. In the next few months, I will be working with the Commission to finally deliver to consumers the long-overdue common charge compatible with all electronic equipment," said MEP Agius Saliba.

MEP Agius Saliba was also appointed as the MEP in the Internal Market Committee responsible for the Public procurement area. "Public procurement is at the core of the internal market. I am honoured to be chosen once again to represent the S&D group and to be in charge of all initiatives, secondary and all future legislation in this area". MEP Alex Agius Saliba has also been appointed as the S&D liaison officer to deal with all petitions related to disability issues and Employment and social affairs.

 


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