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  16-19 March

GRTU is one of the partners supporting Malta Enterprise in the organisation of the Maltese Business Delegation to Prague.

The Czech Republic has a long tradition in manufacturing and services, which during the last decade have been brought to considerable growth, strongly supported by the unprecedented levels of foreign direct investment. The most promising sectors for business cooperating includes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An additional rain water culvert is to pass parallel to the existing one as this is not capable to cater for the increase in run off storm water in the surrounding roads.

Works have commenced this week and will be divided into four phases. No road closures would be required, however on street parking would be removed in stretch were works are being carried out. 

Duration of works is planned to take one and a half months.  All access to commercial outlets and residents (including garages) will remain accessible.

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 GRTU is pleased to announce that during this week the European Parliament will be discussing GRTU's petition against the Utility Tariffs.

GRTU's petition was initiated by GRTU's Director General Vincent Farrugia. The Petition is No 440/2006 in respect to Electricity Tariffs.

This is another step forward in GRTU's fight towards fair and equal payment of tariffs for utilities, issued by the State Electricity Corporation, Enemalta.

 

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 On Wednesday 4th February I attended for an important meeting with the Malta Resources Authority (MRA). On the Agenda was GRTU's claim for revision of the electricity and water tariffs hastily imposed by Government in October.

I strongly contend that the MRA are failing miserably to understand their role as the guardians of Maltese consumers and users of electricity and water services. The whole charade that has besmirch Gonzi's Government so badly could have been avoided if MRA had the guts to stand up and prove its worth. Instead MRA was practically absent till after the 5th December 2008 when Legal Notice 330 of 2008 imposing the new electricity tariff regime was published by the minister responsible for MRA who at law is supposed to act on the advance of MRA. I am not aware that MRA had till then issued a single note or statement to Enemalta or the Ministry for Resources stating its approval or non approval of the tariffs. MRA is not only the authority that approves new tariffs but is the authority obliged to conduct an Impact Assessment on a major event as the introduction of a new electricity tariff system. The EU Commission issues specific guidelines to authorities like MRA on how to conduct an Impact Assessment.

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 The GRTU delegation, directed by Director General Vincent Farrugia, has met yesterday with the Chairman of the Malta Resources Authority (MRA) Ing. Carmel Ellul and with the Chief Executive Officer Antoine Riolo, whereby it once again presented GRTU's objections to Government's method of introducing the electricity and water tariffs.

GRTU has once again informed the MRA that GRTU was not satisfied with the way MRA performed its duties when it approved the new tariffs and their analyses, which according to Maltese Law it was obliged to do.

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