In this paper we examine the use of semantically-aligned speech representations for end-to-end spoken language understanding (SLU). We employ the recently-introduced SAMU-XLSR model, which is designed to generate a single embedding that captures the semantics at the utterance level, semantically aligned across different languages. This model combines the acoustic frame-level speech representation learning model (XLS-R) with the Language Agnostic BERT Sentence Embedding (LaBSE) model. We show that the use of the SAMU-XLSR model instead of the initial XLS-R model improves significantly the performance in the framework of end-to-end SLU. Finally, we present the benefits of using this model towards language portability in SLU.