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  • Midsummer dreams . . . and nightmares

    Summer is fast approaching its midway milestone. The extraordinary heat that characterises midsummer in Malta is the time for siestas and hopefully sweet dreams. But often these dreams turn into nightmares that make us grumpy and want to let off...

  • Income tax cut an irresponsibility

    When the Labour government put forward the Budget for 2013 as it had been crafted by the previous Nationalist government, it fulfilled a promise it had made during the electoral campaign. The objective was not to create uncertainty, or to delay...

  • Deal on Chinese solar panels reached

    An agreement has been reached by the European Commission and the Chinese authorities in relation to the recent imposition by the EU of provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels imports. Following complaints filed by European solar...

  • Investing in shares: It’s all about balance!

    In Malta it’s common to know someone who’shad a bad experience investing in the stock market. As a result many of us have become averse to investing in anything other than real estate, government bonds or capital guaranteed products – investments...

  • Online presence: beyond social media

    Online presence is a subject that is repeatedly hitting the boardroom across all industries. Organisations have realised that online presence can have a direct and positive impact on revenue, reputation and quality of service, when applied...

  • Recalibrating our investment promotion tactics

    Malta, like Ireland, aims to attract direct foreign investment by offering a favour-able tax regime to potential investors. Both countries have been successful, with Ireland attracting a number of multi-nationals to its shores, as well as...

  • Economic fall-out of post-Arab spring

    It seems ironic to continue to refer to what happened two years ago in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya as an Arab spring. Spring is so joyful, a symbol of revival of life and opportunity. The Arab spring was supposed to bring that to its countries with...

  • CJEU ruling means employer-friendly transfers

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued its ruling in an import-ant case concerning the effect of industry or sector-wide negotiated terms of collective agreements after the transfer of an undertaking. Collective agreements...

  • Wanted: a CFO that talks business

    Over the years, the accountancy profession in Malta has managed to develop and transform itself in order to adapt to the diverse roles it has been called upon to serve. This was most evident in recent years characterised by growing pressures from...

  • World of Generation Y

    Generation theorists define Generation Y as those youngsters born between 1980 and 2000, even if there are some variances on this range. Younger members of this generation have started, or will soon start, knocking on the doors of the labour...

  • Scarcity in police investigations

    The shambles uncovered by the Auditor General in his inspection of Enemalta Corporation procurement was thoroughly unexpected. Enemalta had a strong board. It is an established institution which, one would have thought, had perfected policies and...

  • Improved consumer rights for holiday-makers

    The way people book their holidays has changed radically over the years, with more and more consumers using online booking services offered by different online operators. This is why the European Commission felt that a 1990 EU law which offers...

  • A breakthrough maritime transport area for shipping

    This month, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Blue Belt, which is a single transport area for shipping throughout the EU. This is because free movement of goods is not yet a reality for the maritime sector. Currently, if a ship...

  • A tale of two cities

    During the past few months I visited two cities – the capitals of countries that are in the midst of a recession. I know Dublin well and follow Irish public life very closely. I visited Madrid for the first time only recently but keep tag on what...

  • The pleasures and aches of ageing

    Ageing is a blessing. It is not necessarily a joyful process. It is a pleasure because we can look back at what we have achieved and can enjoy the fruit of love and labour, especially in the form of our family, children, grandchildren, and perhaps...

  • Redundancy on return from parental leave

    A poll conducted in the UK laid bare disturbing figures: one in seven women are made redundant after maternity leave. It is quite common that when the employee goes back to her role, she finds her job being carried out by someone else and her...

  • Developing social marketing plans

    Corporate Social Marketing differs from other marketing activities as it focuses on responsible behaviours that help society and the environment. This contribution suggests that there are many benefits for businesses which carry out laudable...

  • The cost of tying the knot

    One industry that is ignoring the economic slump in Europe seems to be the weddings industry. At least, this is the message that is relayed by research carried out by UK magazine You & Your Wedding. I have not seen similar research done locally,...

  • Unnecessary employers-union divide

    It has become somewhat rare for the trade unions and organised representatives of business to reach a point of deep disagreement. In part that is due to the changing nature of collective negotiations. The setting up of the MCESD also helped.

  • Excise duty on mobile telephony: legal or illegal ?

    The ball is once again in the court of the Maltese judiciary who has to decide whether the excise duty which is imposed on mobile telephony services by the Maltese authorities is permissible in terms of EU law. However, such a decision must now be...

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