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  • Commission proposes ways to curb undeclared work

    The European Commission has proposed the creation of a European platform to prevent and deter undeclared work more effectively. The platform would bring together various national enforcement bodies involved in the fight against undeclared work, a...

  • European policymakers seek to reshape bundled debt market

    European policymakers are drawing up plans to revive the market for repackaged debt in a bid to lure investors back to a sector that was at the heart of the worst financial crisis in a generation. Securitisation is seen as key to helping banks...

  • Milking the EU for all its worth

    EU accession brought about radical changes to the dairy sector. Reams of regulations and standards meant that the production and processing sector had to invest heavily – or give up. But membership also brought funds which helped the sector to...

  • Local milk: €15m saving annually

    It doesn’t take much to come up with a list of disadvantages for the local dairy sector: small farms, lack of arable land for fodder and land for grazing, scant water, dependence in imported cereals for dry feed... But perhaps what people do not...

  • The dangers of rising populism in European politics

    The coming European Parliament elections are likely to result in a strong performance by populist parties throughout the EU. Populism has been defined as a “political philosophy which focuses on standing up for the rights and positions of the...

  • Say ‘cheese!’

    Has the EU affected the way we shop? Certainly consumer expectations are higher and, after the restricted choices of the past, we now expect to see variety. But do we really need 170 different cheeses? Scotts’ cheese counters are as long as those...

  • Reshuffles and the economy

    The restructuring of the team of ministers and parliamentary secretaries was bound to reflect on the managment of the Maltese economy. The whole team relates to it, some members more so than others, some directly and the rest indirectly. The...

  • Counting on the future

    The workbook is just 12 pages long, but that is long enough to guide the user from basic accounting definitions to drawing up a trial balance. It might not be enough to run a multinational organisation on – or even a corner shop for all that matter.

  • Compensating victims of anti-competitive conduct

    An EU law which will facilitate the filing of claims for damages by victims of anti-competitive conduct is well on its way to seeing the light of day. With an informal agreement recently reached between Council of Ministers and European Parliament...

  • ECB dismisses latest bank appeal over deadlines

    The European Central Bank has dismissed the latest appeal by the region’s biggest lenders for concessions, including easier deadlines, to make rigorous health checks of their industry less logistically onerous, sources told Reuters. ECB officials...

  • No more home and away charges for mobile phones

    The abolition of mobile roaming charges as from the end of next year is the culmination of years of efforts by EU institutions, especially the European Commission, to bring down roaming tariffs and bring the Single Market in the telecommunications...

  • Raising the standards of ethics and compliance

    With regulators getting tougher on business wrongdoing and a minority of employees tempted to cross ethical lines to meet targets in difficult economic circumstances, ethics and compliance programmes have become prominent on boardroom agendas. How...

  • Toyota to recall 6.5m vehicles

    Toyota Motor Corp. in its second-largest recall announcement, said yesterday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally after uncovering five different faults involving parts ranging from steering to seats. A number of Maltese owners...

  • Hackathon promotes open data

    The Hack4Malta hackhaton held on March 29 promoted the principle of ‘open data’ – the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms...

  • Forfaiting: The alternative approach to export trade finance

    In many markets, buyers are likely to put more emphasis on cash flow rather than cash price. This is particularly true in emerging economies, where the availability of extended payment terms can greatly improve exporters’ chances of winning a...

  • P. Cutajar unveils own food brand

    P. Cutajar launched its first own food brand after almost 150 years in business as a leading importer and distributor of wines, spirits, food and confectionery. Olly’s Premium Eats is a range of six frozen premium meat products, including burgers,...

  • Tigné Mall announces maiden dividend

    Tigné Mall plc, the owner and operator of The Point shopping mall, published its 2013 annual financial statements earlier this week. The company’s shares were listed on the Malta Stock Exchange in May 2013 following a combined offering which saw...

  • Social media mistakes

    Social media is a much-discussed topic, and with good reason: the phenomenon is all around us, and everyone has questions to ask about it because it’s still so new. Of course, of great interest is how to avoid making crucial mistakes when using...

  • Exports down 3% in January/February

    Exports decreased by 3 per cent in the first two months of the year, according to the National Statistics Office, but when the increase in fuel and lubricant exports is factored out, the decrease in the other categories was nine per cent. The...

  • Footprint of internet companies getting larger

    Internet companies are no longer limited to the web browser as they look for new ways to grow their businesses. In recent years, the top internet companies have increasingly expanded the scope of their activities and ambitions, raising the...

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