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The traffic situation has become unbearable and unacceptable. The GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs has been inundated by members’ concerns from across widespread business sectors that the alarming situation is not just one of frustration and 
tardiness, but profitability and competitiveness. Justifications
related to infrastructure and discussing long-term possibilities have long expired.
 
 
GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs calls for an urgent overhaul of the local enforcement system. Despite wide consultation in 2014 and updates to the law to establish the Local Enforcement System Agency (LESA), the sorry situation remains unchanged. 
 

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A number of operators representing the majority of entertainment establishments in Malta and Gozo have yesterday attended a communication meeting related to compliance and higher standards organized jointly by the GRTU and the MTA.

The meeting was chaired by Philip Fenech, GRTU President for the Tourism section, and it was addressed by Paul Bugeja, MTA CEO, David Mifsud, Licencing and Enforcement Director and Charles Burlo, Head of Monitoring Board for Health and Safety in places of entertainment and GRTU CEO Abigail Psaila Mamo.

The aim of the meeting was of helping operators in the sector attain higher standards by explaining compliance and licensing legislation and having a constructive exchange of views on the issues the operators face on a day-to-day basis.

Amongst other things a number of important issues were discussed including the presence of under age youths in places of entertainment, the capacity of the establishments, evacuation and drills, fire safety and juvenile delinquency.

The GRTU and the MTA and the operators are stepping up their efforts in time for the festive season to ensure that people can enjoy themselves while feeling safe. This is the first of a number of initiatives that are aimed at bringing the main stakeholders to work together for the betterment of the community at large.

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An agreement of cooperation signed between GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs and Il-Fiera l-Kbira promises successful organization of the nation-wide fair. The aim of the collaboration focuses on improving quality and standards whilst reflecting evolving practice that can serve business exposure and benefit consumers alike. 
 

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Il-GRTU u l-Merchants Street Business Community Association (MSBCA) illum laqqgħu lis-sidien tan-negozji li jinsabu  fi Triq il-Merkanti, Valletta u dan in vista ta’ l-aħħar żviluppi dwar ir-rilokazzjoni tal-bejjiegħa tal-monti.

Is-sidien tal-ħwienet ta’ Strada Merkanti filwaqt li jirrijaffermaw li għamlu investiment ta’ miljuni ta’ ewro fil-ħwienet tagħhom u dan sabiex itejjbu l-livell tan-negozju tagħhom, ma jistgħux jiġu issa f’pożizzjoni li l-investiment tagħhom jixxejjen.

Jifhmu li anke il-bejjiegħa tal-monti iridu jaqilgħu l-għixien tagħhom u huwa għalhekk illi qed jipproponu li l-bejjiegħa jerġgħu imorru quddiem is-Suq tal-Belt propju fejn kienu ftit taż-żmien ilu.

Is-sidien huma ferm preokkupati li numru ta’ franchises li qed joperaw minn Strada Merkanti huma deċiżi li jirtiraw jekk kemm-il darba il-monti jiġi rilokat matul Triq il-Merkanti.

Is-Sidien disposti li jitkellmu u jiddisktu u dan bil-għan li tinstab soluzzjoni.

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Following a meeting held earlier this week with Enemed Chairman Kevin Chircop, GRTU presented its arguments as to why the Unleaded Super Fuel should be distributed widely amongst fuel stations and therefore the stations interested should be given the opportunity to sell the new product.

GRTU is pleased to announce that following this meeting an agreement was reached whereby all fuel stations that express their interest in selling the

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GRTU has followed reports in the media where it was stated that 300,000 square meters of space had been granted to Enemalta, so as to be made available to Shanghai Electric Power, at the mere price of Eur 0.50c per square meter.

GRTU is very disappointed by such an announcement after it has been lobbying for Government to make an area of land available to local businesses for PV investments.

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The Malta Communications Authority and GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs have today launched a number of tailored tools that will proactively increase the number of businesses in Malta that have an online presence and are able to compete online.

GRTU President Paul Abela stated that competition from the internet is one of the biggest concerns and challenges faced by Maltese businesses today. “It is a phenomenon that businesses need to adapt to and GRTU is pleased to be working hand in hand with the Malta Communications Authority to supply Maltese businesses with the necessary tools that will enable them to compete online”. Over a 100 foreign companies have registered for the Maltese VAT through the MOSS system to be able to sell to Maltese consumers and pay the Maltese VAT rate.

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GRTU has held various discussions with both the previous and present administration regarding the extent of the legal capacity that Local Councils have to grant temporary permits for operators to set up stalls by virtue of the Activities Requiring Permits by Local Councils Regulations (Legal Notice 119 of 2002 as amended).

Regulation 10 within this Legal Notice allows Local Councils to afford a temporary permit specifically for religious feasts and Public Events held in the locality. Specific provisions are even included whereby Local Councils are obliged to give priority in the allocation of stalls during feasts to the sale of Maltese nougat.

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The private sector's role to raise standards in Paceville is pivotal

“We need to send a serious enforcement message on Paceville, but to succeed all stakeholders involved including the private sector must act in unity”, This was stated by Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Carmelo Abela during a meeting held with the Chamber for Small and Medium Enterprises in Malta on the issue of the amelioration of Paceville entertainment zone and surrounding areas.

The majority of entertainment operators in Malta and Gozo were present for the meeting including a high number of owners of establishments in Paceville. 

“Government is committed to see immediate improvements when it comes to the issue of safety and security in Paceville”, Hon Abela told those present. He noted Government is currently reviewing regulations that permit a stronger regulatory framework marking clearer responsibilities, for enforcement in the area of health and safety. The increase of fines as a deterrent which is currently under review was also discussed. 

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GRTU has today held its first Executive Council meeting during which Paul Abela has been confirmed as GRTU Presidentfor the year 2015.

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