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The white paper heralding a new piece of legislation that the GRTU has been working on and insisting upon for several years, has finally been published and is nearing its entering into force.
 
The Family Business Act will shortly provide a regulatory platform whereby incentives being introduced by the very Act itself, as well as forthcoming incentives for family businesses that fall within the definitions of the Act, will benefit. The Act includes enabling provisions to allow the competent Minister to further legislate on a number of aspects including the development of further benefits.

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GRTU CEO Abigail Psaila Mamo has today participated in a citizens debate entitled ‘Living with Migration’ which concentrated on the issue of migration in Malta including how they are perceived by citizens, how they themselves feel they are treated and the case for their integration.

It was mentioned that migration is an issue not just in Malta but in many other EU countries, where the numbers are even bigger than in Malta. When 

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Climate Change Minister Leo Brincat addressed the MEUSAC Core Group ahead of the UN World Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. Minister Brincat tied Climate Change Action with the importance of sustainable growth. He explained how Malta had adopted the Climate Change Act which establishes structures and mechanisms to instil climate change awareness and accountability related to such inaction. This would be 

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GRTU welcomes the Energy Union Package. The Energy Union is even more important for Malta because we feel that due to the small size of Malta and lack of economies of scale we have a lot more to gain. Malta’s absolute dependency on importing oil to produce electricity and problematic and unavoidable market inefficiencies, including lack of competition, being the only member state that imports refined oil because we do not have a refinery and the added costs to secure supply, makes electricity in Malta amongst the most expensive in Europe.

We are also in favour of reforms and changes that are needed to increase energy efficiency and change to alternative energy sources. We emphasis however that the impact on SMEs must be assessed and they must be supported and SME organization should be fully involved. 

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GRTU has been advocating the importance of traineeships and hands-on experience to enhance labour market skills throughout education. It has been at the forefront of supporting apprenticeships and internships by encouraging its members to host such students and trainees whilst pushing forward the concept of quality training. Education needs to be supported by soft skills and practical experience to ensure a stronger labour force ready to meet the needs of business and industry.

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