A new study published by the European Commission has found that SMEs are not obtaining a percentage of public procurement contracts proportionate to their economic importance. The 'Evaluation of SMEs' access to public procurement markets in the EU' report found that despite winning an estimated 60% of public procurement contracts published in the Official Journal of the EU, SMEs are securing only 34% of the overall value of these contracts.
Please note that a draft Commission directive restricting the use of Bisphenol A in infant feeding bottles has received the qualified majority in the Standing Committee of the food chain and animal health. The measure will prohibit the manufacture of polycarbonate infant feeding bottles with BPA as from 1 March 2011 and the placing on the market and import as from 1 June 2011.
Today the 3rd December is International Disabled Persons Day. The slogan chosen for this year's event by the National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) is Ngħixu b'Mod Sħiħ fis-Soċjetà (Living Fully in Society).
Malta Enterprise in collaboration with GRTU is organizing a business delegation to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories on a trade and investment promotion delegation. Match making meetings for participants will be carries out by Malta Enterprise.
Directive 2009/48/EC was published in the Official Journal of the EU on the 30th June 2009. As from 20th July 2011, this Directive repeals the current Safety of Toys Directive 88/378/EEC, which was transposed under Maltese law as Legal Notice 373 of 2002.