The Wall Street Journal published what seems to be a sponsored feature on Alex Agius Saliba lauding him for spearheading the common charger directive, only that he didn’t because that’s not how the EU legal process works. The common charger directive was published by the EU Commission in 2021.
MEPs don’t write nor do they propose laws – they mediate the laws passed to them by the Council which are originally proposed and written by the EU Commission. After the mediation process by MEPs, which is the second step of the legislative process (or the third considering the write-up of the Commission), the EU directive goes to the Council again where it then proceeds for ratification at the Council of Ministers. Basically, and in practice, what happens is that the initial stages of the EU legislation are led and influenced mainly by Eurocrats from the Commission and the technical experts of EU jurisdictions represented by their diplomats. This is the technocratic stage of the laws.
Then the laws go to the European Parliament for mediation by MEPs – on most occasions, you have a situation where very good laws written by the collective work of many national experts and technocrats are then messed up by politicians given their incompetence – that’s why the laws are only ratified after another mediative process at the Council of Ministers where generally, issues of national interest are raised.
It’s a complex process that has many different odds and ends but it works and MEPs are the least influential participants in this process.
The Labour Party can’t export anything less than the narcissistic theatre of its politicians. Alex Agius Saliba is the Labour Party’s defender of organised crime in the European Parliament – an insufferable opportunistic imbecile who consistently derided Daphne Caruana Galizia’s legacy in the European Parliament and attacked any institutional scrutiny of the break-down of the rule of law in Malta. Here’s also why I think that the WSJ was paid to publish this article. Labour Today published the same thing: