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 The Tourism and Sustainable Development Unit is offering a €10 million Grant Scheme, co-financed by the European Union's structural funds, aimed at helping Maltese enterprises interested in doing a tourism related activity that falls outside what is the basic requirement by law.

The projects must specifically target tourism, a tourism attraction, getting more tourists to Malta, making your enterprise more attractive to tourists.

 

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 GRTU has yesterday written to Honorable Ministers Tonio Borg and Tonio Fenech advising not to approve the Commission's proposal of further extending anti-dumping duties on footwear imports from China and Vietnam.

In 2006, during the period when it was discussed whether Malta should vote in favour or against anti-dumping duties on footwear imports from China and Vietnam, GRTU had made it clear that Malta should block this unjust European imposition.

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 Sector - Vince Farrugia

Taken from  Raphael Vassallo's article in Business Today

In the press this week you were quoted saying that ‘bad planning had led to an oversupply of ordinary apartments, even in prestigious areas', which had negatively affected property prices in general. Could you give a few examples of what you consider to be ‘bad planning' in this regard?

During the period of consultations, on MEPA reform a strong point I made with Government was that the planning authority, in spite of the Structure Plan, operated in the absence of Development Strategies as defined by Government, and continues to operate as if the developments of the Maltese economy and the needs of the Maltese as a community were not priority items. Otherwise we would not have had the excessive construction of so many apartments aiming at a market that did not exist.

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 Taken from this week's interview with Charlot Zahra of Business Today 

What is the GRTU's reaction for the COLA increase announced for the 2010 Budget to make good for the inflation sustained by consumers during 2009? Is it justified or not?

There is a formula agreed by all social partners, GRTU being one of them, and that formula has to be respected. This year COLA has produced an increase for all employees (not consumers) of €6.06c per week. We are not so happy with the formula as it no longer reflects the situation today, but unless an agreement is reached on a change, it has to be respected.

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Vince Farrugia*

Director-General GRTU, Chairman GreenMt

I stated last week that the Government must decide on Waste Management Compliance Schemes. I explained what unacceptable levels of tension and frustration exist in the private sector. This, I addition to the terrible high cost traders and manufacturers are suffering through eco-contribution at a time when things are far from bright for enterprise. I pointed my fingers at the bureaucrats in the central Government who continue to give more value to immediate loss of revenue, once the Exemption Mechanism under the Eco-Contribution act is put in place, than to the importance that enterprise is given a clear signal that on waste management compliance schemes Government really means business.

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