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Investment in Education

Government's programme of investment in new colleges is attractive and needs to be speeded up. GRTU has been recommending since 2005 that Government should have a strategy for all the buildings falling under the Ministry of Education. Some of these buildings have now outlived their purpose as schools of education centers, occupying prime cites in most Localities. Government should devise a specific policy for the reuse of these sites both for social and commercial purposes. Government can generate new funds from the privatization of selected sites and the revenue can be utilized to speed up the building of new collages.

Many of the older buildings cannot be refitted for the standards and class room sizes and facilities of new educational establishments and most of the old sites are bad examples of efficient use of a scarce and costly resource like land in the town and city cores.

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 GRTU insists that the business owner should be kept satisfied which in turn aids growth, investment and employment.  Unfortunately, after many years of talk, when weighing the burdens of form filling and time wasted on bureaucratic matters, we still find that owners spend more time doing this rather than focusing on their businesses and how to make them better.

Proposals:

Corporations and departments falling under separate budgetary votes will suffer an annual penalty should they fail to markedly reduce administrative burdens. Similarly additional bonuses will be paid to corporations and accountancy units, within the whole public sector, where measurable reductions of bureaucratic burdens are registered.

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Green MT

WEEE: Well ahead of competitor

Over three hundred members have already signed their letter of intent to join Green MT s Waste Packaging Compliance Scheme, once Eco Contribution exemption is granted by Government. In itself this is a tremendous achievement when considering that recruitment to the Scheme was launched just over a week ago.

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 Energy efficiency and climate change issues have become increasingly intermingled. The European Commission, in response to many calls for better energy efficiency, is currently working on eco requirements in the design of a wide range of products - ranging from common household goods to office equipment and even street lighting.

It wants to ensure that products are from the initial stage designed to be efficient in terms of energy consumption.

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Family Business Conference - Speech by Vince Farrugia, Director General

What is a Family Business?

Talking about family business may conjure up thoughts of small father and son firms but family enterprises form a backbone running right through the economy who are particularly prevalent in the micro business sector (firms with fewer than 10 employees) are also common in the rest of the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.  Some of the very largest private companies are also family firms.

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