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 General remarks

GRTU is critical of the European Commission's proposal on the revision of the Eurovignette Directive 1999/62/EC.

The Commission was asked in 2006 to propose a strategy for stepwise implementation of the model for all transport modes, accompanied if appropriate by a proposal for revising the Eurovignette Directive.

The impact assessment analysis carried out shows a negative impact on growth in the EU from internalisation, but it does not consider whether the same environmental benefits could be achieved in a different, perhaps better way through other political measures.

 

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 The European Commission (DG Competition) published a communication on the "Enforcement of State Aid Law by National Courts". To promote the use of national courts, in order to fight illegal aid given to (large) competitors, may be an efficient way to ensure a level playing filed for small enterprises.

In most of the cases legal complains to national courts may be a more efficient way to stop illegal aid than sending complains to the EU Commission, which needs normally much more time to take and to enforce negative State aid decisions.

The guiding principles for a comprehensive reform of state aid rules and procedures over the next five years have been outlined in a State Aid Action Plan just adopted by the European Commission.

 

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 The Budget is approaching and our developers section led by section president Sandro Chetcuti presented their elaborate paper this morning during a press conference.

The GRTU, through surveys amongst its members, notes that the current situation in the development industry exhibits oversupply in residential components for first time buyers, Stringent banking conditions and indecision by prospective buyers although market correction is taking place.

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Last January, the first stage of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) was implemented, with the possibility to conduct credit transfers within the framework of this Area. The developments that we will witness in the coming years should lead to a situation whereby every client should be able to make non-cash euro payments to somebody else in the Eurozone, simply by using one bank account and one payment instrument. In simpler terms, payments to an account holder based in any other part of the SEPA may be effected with the same ease as those in your home State.

 

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 GRTU this morning, as was promised yesterday by the Director General Vincent Farrugia on Bondi+, published its proposals on Government's Utility Rate Tariffs.

As you are all aware as a member of MCESD GRTU together with the other social partners slammed the proposal and refused to accept Government's consultation method on the issue and the timelines of the implementation of these new tariffs.

This is a story being retold. GRTU never agreed with the surcharge when it was introduced. The surcharge system was constructed by authorities and social partners were once again introduced too late in the game.

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