Tajani speechwriter Peter Agius announces candidature for PN MEP

Former Malta head of European Parliament office now spokesperson for Antonio Tajani will run for MEP

Peter Agius
Peter Agius

The former head of the Maltese office of the European Parliament and now speechwriter for EP head Antonio Tajani will run for MEP on the Nationalist Party ticket.

Peter Agius has confirmed his candidature for the 2019 elections, having spent the past 16 years working in the EU institutions.

“In some sectors it seems we are EU members in name only, given that our citizens cannot really enjoy their EU rights. We should have blue flag beaches, and yet you have the sea slime in summer. We should have EU standards for pesticides and air quality. We should have EU standards for rule of law and money laundering and so on so forth. 14 years down the line, it seems that the standards we voted for are now only on paper,” Agius said, announcing his candidature.

“No voice is too small if it musters alliances, and that alliances start from your own compatriots.”

Agius said that although the Nationalist Party looks weak today, it still harboured the conviction and strength to advance the interests of the people of Malta and Gozo better than anyone else.

“I can see a road in front of us and we know the way forward. We’ll thread this road with competence, not with the petty politics, with our ideas and with constant commitment,” Agius said.

Agius paid tribute to the role of PN prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami and his promises of a new spring for Malta in the European Union.

“That promise brought opportunity and prosperity for many Maltese. With membership we opened horizons for our youth, for our businesses, for our economy. Our islands went through a speedy metamorphosis. MCAST was born, now producing top professionals in their areas. We invested in a specialised oncology centre for the fight against cancer. Our islands got a general facelift from St Angelo to St Elmo to the many squares and churches restored with EU funds.

“That spring must go on. Some sectors have not benefited from the European dream. I think about farmers, fishermen or the people of Gozo. They have not reaped the same benefits from accession. Our small businesses have also had to adapt to many changes and stiff competition, yet with little help from the authorities.”

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