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Editorial

  • Deaths from air pollution

    A study by the World Health Organisation in 2015 concluded that air pollution in Malta costs the economy an annual €550 million in consequent disease and death. The latest edition of the annual Air Quality in Europe report by the European...

  • Banks managing reputational risk

    Banking thrives on trust that is so hard to cultivate and so easy to lose. The sector in Malta is made up of three major banks and a few smaller ones that serve mainly the local community and some that do business exclusively in other markets.

  • Positive economic indicators

    The European Commission’s autumn forecast confirms that Malta is likely to continue to enjoy robust economic growth, low unemployment and further fiscal consolidation. This forecast is good news and should stimulate the government to address areas...

  • 17 Black: the only way out is to leave

    Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi have nowhere to hide following the Daphne Project’s revelation that the company 17 Black, named in a leaked e-mail as the intended source of massive payments to their Panama companies, is owned by Electrogas...

  • Send them to the cleaners

    Few can deny that Malta is suffering a bad press from the perception that it tolerates money laundering and is less than fully committed to eradicating tax evasion, corruption, financing of criminal activities, fraud and bribery. Perceptions could...

  • Farmers’ lobby group

    Agriculture makes only a modest contribution to Malta’s gross domestic product. Still, it is crucially important that this sector of the economy is sustained not only for the preservation of the ever-diminishing rural character of the countryside...

  • Curbing alcohol abuse

    Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug. However, awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse is low when compared to that of other drugs that are, fortunately, less common. It now seems that public policymakers are prepared to tackle alcohol abuse...

  • In for the long haul

    Out of the blue, the government let it be known it is considering setting up an anti-organised crime commission. “Cabinet sources” told The Sunday Times of Malta the idea had been floated during a Cabinet meeting in the wake of Daphne Caruana...

  • To be or not to be unionised

    A suggestion by the General Workers’ Union for compulsory trade union membership may come as sweet music to the hundreds, if not thousands, of workers being paid low wages by unscrupulous employers taking advantage of the economic boom. Many have...

  • Seeing beyond GDP growth

    Economic growth is often considered by many economists and politicians as the gold standard for development and, by implication, of people’s well-being. However, those who put the interest of ordinary people at the centre of their measurement of...

  • Threats to independent media

    The report by six of the world’s leading media freedom organisations published on October 19, on freedom of expression in Malta, makes grim reading. Unrelated events since then, particularly the court’s gag on the popular programme Xarabank a week...

  • A ‘shanty town’ in Comino

    There is an official campsite at Santa Marija, in Comino. It forms a part of the Comino Natura 2000 zone, a former marshland and reed bed, scheduled as such because of its scientific and ecological importance. The Natura 2000 management plan calls...

  • So truth may never die

    Today is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists and Unesco will be launching a campaign themed Truth Never Dies. The campaign reminds us that a journalist is murdered every four days, often because s/he denounced...

  • Road to sustainable mobility

    Three local councils – those of Pietà, Safi and Għarb – were allocated €90,000 between them to launch schemes encouraging people in their areas to abandon the use of their cars for certain activities. They were the winners of the Permanent...

  • Declining investment attractiveness

    Investors use strict criteria before deciding where to set up shop. One critical issue is political stability and the institutions’ reputation in the countries on their shortlist. Malta has suffered a significant drop in how foreign investors...

  • Tax collection ineptitude

    When wage earners have the tax due to the government deducted down to the lowest cent without fail, it is only justifiable to expect a deep sense of outrage when the National Audit Office regularly reports of serious shortcomings in tax collection.

  • The costs of selling passports

    Malta’s Individual Investor Programme (MIIP) and Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP) have contributed almost €600 million to the government’s income since 2014, according to Identity Malta that administers these schemes. What has still not been...

  • Strong economy, weak vision

    The Budget for 2019 presented by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna last Monday is a reflection of a robust economy and sound public finances.  Malta remains one of the best performing economies in Europe: the economy grew by 6.7 per cent in real...

  • Mystery of vanishing vehicles

    Some mysteries relate to the belief in the supernatural. Others may be just cases of mismanagement and the attempt to shroud it with arcane arguments. The National Statistics Office indicates that in recent years cars have been “disappearing” from...

  • Spending more, achieving less

    The European Commission Education and Training Monitor 2018 report provides a depressing reading to those who earnestly believe productive investment in education is the key to long-term economic and social sustainability. It demonstrates how the...