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  • Limitations imposed on patent rights

    Limitations imposed on patent rights

    Intellectual property right owners cannot be overzealous in protecting their rights by refusing their competitors access to such rights. Such a refusal can even in certain specific circumstances be considered as being illegal and in breach of...

  • Flexicurity for improved employability

    In order to maintain the quality of life many of us enjoy today, our economy needs to maintain a steady pace of growth. To achieve growth, we need coherent strategies and policy measures designed to make us more competitive. More specifically, we...

  • New EU regulation on food hygiene controls: a new tax?

    New EU regulation on food hygiene controls: a new tax?

    The cost of official food inspection controls could be borne by restaurateurs and catering food operators, if a proposal tabled by the European Commission for a revision of the regulation on official controls in the food chain is approved.

  • A portrait of a gridlocked island

    A portrait of a gridlocked island

    Why is it that every time we have a small downpour early in the morning thousands of workers turn up for work late? This question is relevant as it is not only causing road rage among drivers but is also affecting our economy in a most negative way.

  • Lasting need for more revenue

    Lasting need for more revenue

    The state of public finances will not get off the political agenda for quite a few years to come. The problems that have to be tackled are awesome and political talk of mastering them in the early medium term is another exercise in giving hostages...

  • Flexibility in public procurement

    Public procurement is the acquisition of goods, services, and works by a public authority or body. Constituting one of the main expenditures of government, the importance of public procurement cannot be denied. Public procurement is at the heart...

  • New VAT rules for broadcasting, telecomms and electronic services

    New VAT rules for broadcasting, telecomms and electronic services

    January 1, 2015 will mark the entry into force of changes to the taxation of telecommunications services, radio and broadcasting (“broadcasting”) services and electronically supplied services across the European Union. This change, which will...

  • Stress and distress in public life

    Stress and distress in public life

    The media is obsessed with focusing on the public lives of people who we all know and sometimes envy for the glamour that seems to surround their lives. But there is another side to being a public figure – a side that is often hidden from public...

  • All gas and waiting

    All gas and waiting

    So far the Government is on track with its major commitment in the electoral programme. That was to revolutionise the energy generation process and lay the groundwork for tariffs to be substantially reduced. Never-on-Sunday was discarded and last...

  • Overcoming the language barrier

    Overcoming the language barrier

    Discriminating between employees or prospective employees on the basis of nationality as regards access to employment, remuneration and other conditions of work is illegal in terms of EU law. Such discrimination may take various forms and could be...

  • Being brave in the new world

    Being brave in the new world

    Not surprisingly, most respondents to the recent EY survey – “Business Pulse: Exploring the dual perspectives on the top 10 risks and opportunities in 2013 and beyond” – believe that revenues need boosting. Yet rather than wait for mature markets...

  • Economic recovery: it’s all about the money

    There are a number of funding options underway in the EU which will play a major role in its economic recovery. The main initiative will derive from the EU Budget itself. The European Council and the European Parliament have agreed on the...

  • Why are the EU citizens so grumpy?

    Why are the EU citizens so grumpy?

    Up to some years ago the debate between euro­philes and euro­sceptics was mainly on whether the EU should persist in its inevitable drive towards a political union. Countries like Britain generally resented this drive to federalism and...

  • Property remains twisted in knots

    The construction and property markets have attracted much attention in recent years. For a long time a main driver of growth in the Maltese economy, they entered into a period of decline due to a mismatch between supply and demand, with the former...

  • Not just making it up: cosmetic rules

    Not just making it up: cosmetic rules

    A new EU regulation that came into effect recently brought about some significant changes in the world of cosmetics. The cosmetics market, consisting of around 500 million consumers, will be served by a single, harmonised piece of legislation that...

  • Unleashing shared value through content marketing

    Companies have to deal with different stakeholders’ opinions, attitudes and perceptions about their behaviour. They need to strike a balance in satisfying numerous stakeholders’ expectations. Businesses cannot please everyone. However, they should...

  • Ageism is a pervasive and dangerous mindset

    Ageism is a pervasive and dangerous mindset

    In the 20th century, life expectancy in western societies increased by about 30 years – greater than was attained in the previous 5,000 years of human history. What used to be the experience of a few has now become the destiny of many. Yet ageism...

  • Bad cash flow in corporations

    Managing cashflow well is key to the success of any economic operator, big or small. The relationship between creditors and debtors is followed with eagle eyes on a daily basis, and in the management accounts. An entity will be chased by its...

  • Misleading commercial practices

    Misleading commercial practices

    A commercial practice that misleads consumers is unfair and hence illegal in terms of EU consumer law. In such cases, there is no need to consider whether the trader acted diligently or not, the Court of Justice of the European Union recently...

  • Engage with your auditors – it’s worth it

    Engage with your auditors – it’s worth it

    Companies on both sides of the Atlantic are seeing their relationships with external audit firms more strictly regulated. In this scenario, could audit committees reduce the perceived need for regulatory action by taking a more formal approach to...

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