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 The EU Antidumping Committee has rejected the Commission proposal to extend the duties for another 15 months, by 15 votes against 10. GRTU welcomes the decision by the EU-27. After 15 years of protectionism in the footwear sector, the current antidumping duties on imports from China and Vietnam will hopefully end in January 2010. As shoes are essential items, this is a good day for all Europeans. Now we expect that today's ‘no' will be confirmed also at ministerial level.

The reasons to terminate the measures were compelling: due to higher import prices from China and Vietnam, the import activity has shifted to other countries of origin. Production has not returned to Europe. There is no evidence that the measures have saved one single job.

 

 

 

 

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 GRTU on behalf of its members in the areas of Bugibba, Qawra, and the St Paul's Bay, has sent a letter to Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi requesting the establishment of a Task Force to address the never ending list of problems these localities are facing. GRTU argued that the idea of yet another appointment of an area manager will continue to confuse the already inefficient bureacratic and unrestrictive structure that exists today.

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GRTU had insisted that in line with the Electricity Directive 2003/54/EC the Malta Resources Authority had to approve of any proposed tariff revisions before they are published by Government. We are therefore very pleased that this time round things are being done according to the Directive.

On these lines GRTU sent a letter to the Malta Resources Authority to ask for an urgent appointment to discuss the new tariffs being proposed by Enemalta. GRTU quoted part of the Directive:

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Monday 7th December 2009

18:30- 19:30

In Guardia - A spectacular re-enactment that portrays an authentic historical event during which some 70 actors are all dressed up in their best uniforms from the times of the Order of St John. This will start in Republic Street and move into St George`s Square. A Malta Tourism Authority production

20:00- 22:00

Concert by George Curmi (il-Pusè) Band together with Mark Tonna, Alex Schembri, Geordie, Mariella Pace Axiaq, Hilda and Miriana Curmi, Kurt Calleja, Diana, George Debono, David Chircop, Martin and Paul Curmi.

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Following a previous meeting held with the Ministry for Finance, the Economy and Investment on the above subject it was agreed that GRTU would conduct a study in order to prove that there were excessive charges, impositions and bureaucracy  on jewellers that could be eliminated. In summary GRTU argued as below:

  • Hallmarking

 

In view of the decision of the European Court of Justice in case 30/99 of 21/06/2007, free movement of goods-precious metals-compulsory hallmarking (http://curia.europa.eu/), immediate action is needed so that the Consul will cease the imposition of his hallmarks at will.

 

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