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  • Shift away from entitlement mentality

    It has taken the government long to give a real kick-start to its social housing programme, but it looks as if it has now fashioned a policy that could not only provide a roof over the head of the homeless but equally important of helping those...

  • Malta-Tunisia employment agreement

    The employment agreement signed between Malta and Tunisia should be seen in the context of an ever-increasing need for skilled and unskilled labour to keep up with the demand that a fast-growing economy generates. This agreement has some positive...

  • HSBC CEO’s sobering comments

    It is the time of the year when companies quoted on the Stock Exchange publish their annual report and accounts. These documents are primarily aimed for shareholders but often reflect the views of management on the sector in which they...

  • Public domain process too slow

    Environment Minister José Herrera, under whose watch the degradation of the environment has reached levels that threaten to destroy forever the face of Malta as we know it, was far from convincing when he tried to justify the lack of progress made...

  • Fisheries in troubled water

    The ongoing investigation into the widespread and systematic tuna racket is the biggest scandal to dog the fishing sector for years. But the industry has been making the news for the wrong reasons for years now. Whether it’s the massive illicit...

  • St Paul’s regeneration

    This year marks the 175th anniversary of the foundation of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral. The church forms an intrinsic part of the iconic skyline of Valletta and the cultural heritage of Malta. When the restoration has been completed, the...

  • Consequences of overdevelopment

    The fast growth in the economy is being encouraged without much thought being given to the consequences of overdevelopment on the infrastructure of the country and the effect that this has on people’s lives. The few cases when the Planning...

  • Integrity in public life

    Those serving in public life, whether as politicians or as officials in the public service, know that they are in a position of trust. They are just stewards of the processes that ultimately serve society. Public figures are expected to abide by...

  • ‘Friends of friends’ networks

    When Alfred Sant used to criticise the Nationalists in administration so heavily over their ‘friends of friends’ networks and when Joseph Muscat believed so much in meritocracy that he made it one of his party’s main platforms in two successive...

  • Army promotions debacle

    The parliamentary Ombudsman has just tabled in the House of Representatives his final opinion, together with all relevant supporting documents, on complaints by six Armed Forces of Malta officers in the rank of major about the process employed in...

  • The decline of public education

    An effective public education system is the most effective tool to promote social mobility. A shortage of teachers, poor student achievement records, school violence, botched educational projects and poor planning to cater for the capacity needs...

  • Where is ‘My Journey’ going?

    In 2016 the government announced a new reform, ‘My Journey’, that would reformulate the way state secondary school students could choose their optional subjects by introducing a third ‘applied’ stream of subjects. This is intended to complement...

  • Fishing in troubled waters

    Rising demand and diminishing fish stocks are leading to increasing corruption in the fishing industry that is compounding the devastating effects of overfishing. The solution does not mainly lie in more rules and agreements but in a stronger...

  • Banking on operational resilience

    The commercial bank’s dependence on information technology and communications systems makes them vulnerable to cybercrime. The dependence of businesses and people’s lives on banking services means that when banks are victims of cyberattacks a vast...

  • Country must think long term

    Is it not hugely ironic that, while the economy is doing so well, the national minimum wage is below the European Union’s average? Healthy economic growth rates are bringing out income inequality in sharper focus. Minimum wage earners and...

  • An open line of dialogue

    The Times of Malta may have lost its case before the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life accusing Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi of breaching the ministerial code of ethics when he failed to invite it and, possibly, other media houses to an...

  • Outlook for financial regulation

    The financial crisis of just over a decade ago led to a root and branch reform of financial regulation. A banking union for the euro area is still a work in progress. However, systemically important banks are now regulated by the European Central...

  • Sharing costs of parental benefits

    The modern family faces immense challenges to achieve a work-life balance that supports family life. With birth rates falling, it is to be expected that policymakers try to devise ways of easing this pressure to encourage more couples to have...

  • The urbanisation of Gozo

    Today Gozo is still a more rural, quiet and green place than its sister island Malta. This gives the smaller island a distinctive character and culture which is appreciated and loved by the Gozitans as well as by Maltese and many other visitors.

  • Careful choices for Europe

    Ahead of the European Parliament election in May, the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is calling for “a mature quality of debate that brings the very best of the country’s values”. Its pious views are shared by many but since the...