A lawyer by profession, Agius Saliba’s political career started when he was relatively young.
At just 30 years of age, he got elected for the first time as an MEP with 35,823 votes and has since been serving on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL.) and as an S&D Co-ordinator in the Committee on Petitions (PETI).
Upon his appointment, the Socialists and Democrats entrusted Agius Saliba with a number of key political appointments. MEP Agius Saliba’s first official position as an S&D spokesperson in the Employment Committee for six different reports included to scrutinise the spending of public money by the European Commission and other EU institutions and agencies. Moreover, 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.
On the other hand, in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, he became the permanent rapporteur responsible for the Radio Equipment Directive and as an MEP is responsible for the Public procurement area. Whilst in the PETI committee he has been appointed as the S&D special representative for the framework of people with disabilities. In this committee Alex Agius Saliba deals with the petitions related to the internal market issues, employment and disabilities. Agius Saliba is also the special representative for the network for people and disabilities on behalf of EMPL.
Alex Agius was also appointed as a co-chair of the European Parliament Integroup, MEP Alliance for Mental Health where he is working to make sure that the EU focuses on the prevention of mental health problems. The European Parliament has indeed approved his recommendation on the right to digitally disconnect as part of a report on employment and social policies of the euro area. In the field of employment, the right to disconnect is definitely a major step towards substantial improvements in the balance of working life and family life therefore contributing positively to better mental health for EU workers.
More recently, Alex Agius Saliba has been put in charge of the IMCO Committee’s report on the Digital Services Act, a piece of legislation which will set rules on how platforms such as Google and Facebook police illegal content online.
Agius Saliba’s commitments in strengthening the European project’s ideas centre on a number of proposals that he himself is pushing forward which not only include the right to digitally disconnect but also include, a universal charger for European mobiles and increased rights for the deaf and disabled when it comes to video content. Surely, a Member of the European Parliament who is actively working for the good of the European Citizens.