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 FICCI is organizing the first India Sustainability Conclave on March 6-7, 2012, in New Delhi. The conclave aims at helping businesses find solutions to address the challenges of embedding sustainability within their day to day operations and help develop a whole new level of organizational commitment to their wider group of stakeholders, and not just shareholders and consumers.

 

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Food Safety - Since its creation five years ago, the European Commission's Better Training for Safer Food initiative (BTSF) has trained almost 30,000 professionals worldwide, thus contributing significantly to making food in the EU safer than it has ever been. To mark BTSF's fifth anniversary, the European Commission organised a training workshop on EU standards for plant health controls for Mediterranean countries. The workshop was held in Malta from 16-18 November. EU Commissioner John Dalli attended and addressed the workshop.

 

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 In a national Conference organised by Green MT, Malta's national waste packaging scheme, for its 41 local council associates. Green MT gave details of its successful operations for the year 2011 and gave also a preview of its planned strategies for 2012.

 

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 The Ecofin Council (bringing together ministers of finance and the economy of the 27 EU Member States) and the European Parliament have reached an agreement on the EU budget for 2012. As a result of this compromise, the limit on payments for 2012 was set at €129.088 billion. This represents a 1.86% increase over the 2011 budget.

 

 

 

 

 

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 On the initiative of the Head of Commission Representation in Malta Martin Bugelli, GRTU and other leading constituted bodies had the opportunity to meet Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market and services during his visit in Malta. GRTU raised the issues related to obstacles to trade and investment in the internal market especially as these effect services, problems related to the implementation in Malta of the Transparency Directive and issues relating to thresholds on public procurement in the internal market.

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