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  • Why not offer more workplace freedom?

    Why not offer more workplace freedom?

    I tend to like to consider new business-management ideas since that’s how we all learn to improve and beat the competition in this fast changing world. Beyond our shores, new ways of organising the workplace are being tried and if they become...

  • Will Italian politics ever change?

    Will Italian politics ever change?

    Italy has yet another new Prime Minister. Does this mean that Italian politics is changing? Will Matteo Renzi, an unelected Prime Minister, bring about the structural changes that the Italian economy needs so badly to give this fascinating country...

  • Solution to energy fraud

    The main questions that should be entertaining the minds of those responsible for controlling the public purse in regard to the Enemalta smart meters scam are when it all began and how it could have happened. The government and the Opposition...

  • Of hyperlinks and copyright

    Of hyperlinks and copyright

    It is perfectly permissible for the owner of a website to redirect internet users, via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently confirmed. He...

  • Bits and bytes in the boardroom

    Bits and bytes in the boardroom

    Directors need to understand the opportunities and challenges of big data and be prepared to ask the right questions to help their organisations develop an appropriate and strategic approach to capturing, analysing and capitalising on the...

  • Is entitlement culture holding us back?

    Is entitlement culture holding us back?

    Politicians of the right often used the phrase ‘culture of entitlement’ to attack the welfare state and the poor who depend so much on social support to survive in a world were social solidarity is becoming increasingly scarce. I do not believe...

  • Transport solutions needed

    The transport problem is worsening and will continue to worsen by the day as new imports of vehicles highly outnumber those that are taken off the road. The high number of vehicles on the road relative to the size of the Maltese islands and the...

  • Fake Rolexes: buyers beware!

    Fake Rolexes: buyers beware!

    Rights-holders are facing a daunting battle against counterfeit goods. In 2012 alone, the EU Customs detained 40 million fakes, worth millions. The new EU Anti-Piracy Regulation, in force as of January 1, 2014, offers an effective first-line...

  • Lesson from Detroit

    Lesson from Detroit

    Detroit in the United States, once renowned for its motor industry, is today a shadow of its former glory. Its economic and social system has broken down almost completely. There are many reasons for this harrowing picture of long-term decline and...

  • Shifting to gas: Malta’s energy game changer?

    Shifting to gas: Malta’s energy game changer?

    The positive effects that electricity generation from a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant may bring cannot be overstated – particularly when the price of Brent crude has remained significantly above $100 per barrel for the better half...

  • University education: no longer elixir of life

    University education: no longer elixir of life

    It is almost every parent’s dream to see their children get a university education that will eventually open many doors for job opportunities that promise a life of prosperity. Families invest in their children’s education from very early in life...

  • Investment in healthcare

    Our medical healthcare is one of the sectors which is always at the centre of socio-political discussion. It cannot be otherwise. It relates to the most basic concerns of all of us: our health. The government can make or break depending on the...

  • More rights for air passengers

    More rights for air passengers

    The rights currently enjoyed by air passengers and legal certainty for airline companies are both set to increase. With the European Parliament’s recent vote on a proposal to enhance existing rights, in force since 2005, the coming into force of...

  • The importance of independent directors

    The importance of independent directors

    Malta is a top domicile for investment manage­ment companies and collective investment schemes as a result of government efforts to attract this industry to the island. Recognised as the “most favoured domicile in Europe” in the 2013 rankings by...

  • Why we should value waste as a resource

    Why we should value waste as a resource

    The decision to adopt a resource management approach in the recent government-approved Waste Management Plan for the Maltese islands 2014-2020 was taken by design. The ultimate objective is to achieve a zero waste scenario whereby waste can be...

  • UK economy faring better than expected

    UK economy faring better than expected

    With the UK general election still over a year away, the battle lines are already being drawn by the three major political parties. As is to be expected, the state of the economy as well as its future prospects will determine who will win the next...

  • Amend taxation to encourage giving

    Amend taxation to encourage giving

    Following the furore over the spirit of giving during the end-of-year festivities, philantropy subsides to its normal level. It cannot but be so, especially once magnificent peaks are reached as was done at the close of 2013, with a record...

  • Commission part of annual leave entitlement

    Every employee is entitled to annual leave, which is paid time-off work granted by the employer. Pursuant to the 2003 EU Directive on the Organisation of Working Time, member states must ensure that every worker benefits from paid annual leave of...

  • Driving home the structural reform of European banking

    Driving home the structural reform of European banking

    As the mandate of the current European Commission winds down later on this year, the college of Commissioners is in the process of adopting its last legislative proposals. Chief among these are the proposals in the shape of a regulation – along...

  • Chief of staff: a role worth considering

    Chief of staff: a role worth considering

    In political terms the idea of a chief of staff has long existed but in recent years the business world – especially in America – has borrowed the idea and we are now slowly but surely witnessing the introduction of a top-executive full-time...

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