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GRTU deplores the direction taken by Government in the last Budget related to addressing Eco Contribution reform by changing this to excise duty for beers, wines and water.

GRTU has time and time again spoken against Eco Contribution as one of the worst pieces of legislation ever drafted. It is effectively a tax that only distorts

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Jiġi ffirmat ‘Service Level Agreement’ bejn il-Ministeru għall-Enerġija u s-Saħħa, il-GRTU u l-Kamra tal-Ispiżjara li qed jistipula l-livell ta’ servizz li jrid jingħata permezz tal-POYC. Dan il-ftehim se jkompli jevolvi u jagħti empowermentlill-ispiżjara u b’hekk inaqqas il-ħtieġa tal-amminstrazzjoni ċentrali min-naħa tal-Gvern. L-ispiżjara, wara diskussjonijiet, jibdew jamministraw huma l-istock tal-mediċini tagħhom u għalhekk ikun hemm aktar kontroll tal-mediċini biex tonqos il-ħela, tiżdied l-effiċjenza u l-mediċini –out-of-stock ikomplu jkunu kkontrollati

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Social Partners in agreement

During a consultation meeting held with the opposition on the Budget proposals, the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, the Malta Employers Association and the Union Haddiema Maghqudin were in agreement that Government should address the issue of electricity costs in this Budget. This means that all the major social partners, with the only exception of the GWU, believe that concrete measures must be taken to address the current situation.

 

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This year’s Budget offers a healthy mix of incentives targeting the private sector many of which are being implemented with the collaboration of the GRTU. Most of GRTU’s priority areas have in fact been addressed and a good number of proposals have been taken up. GRTU believes this will further secure the country’s economic growth.

Energy

GRTU notes with dissatisfaction that the energy tariffs have not been reduced albeit clear indications supporting GRTU’s claim. GRTU will continue with its representations in this regard to see electricity reduced. On the other hand GRTU welcomes the positive incentives aimed at increased renewable energy investment by the private sector, also a priority area for GRTU.

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As part of its pre-budget meetings GRTU met Minister for Transport Joe Mizzi since it has highlighted transport and parking as a main challenge that hindering business competitiveness.

GRTU President Paul Abela said that traffic and parking are two elements that are reducing productivity and are discouraging consumers from going to the shops. He said that the problem in localities such as Valletta and Sliema 

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