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  • 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...

  • A six-star Product Malta

    A ‘six-star’ hotel, as the Corinthia Group defines a property it plans to build at St George’s Bay, will not make Malta a six-star destination. For Malta to make a giant leap forward in tourism, which the Prime Minister has said is a must at this...

  • The failing education system

    There is a growing gap between the government’s economic vision and the way that young people are being prepared to face the challenges of the modern economy. This slow-burning issue is failing thousands of students who leave their statutory...

  • Obstacles to consumer rights

    The protection of consumer rights is one of the most fundamental objectives of the EU. Both the European Parliament and the Commission work assiduously to ensure that European citizens get a fair deal from businesses and that genuine competition...

  • Corruption slide persists

    Unless the government takes urgent action to start dismantling the growing perception of corruption and wrongdoing, Malta will find it harder to rehabilitate its name. Perceptions are not created out of thin air and, once formed, they are...

  • The expats’ verdict matters

    The Expat Insider publishes a quality of life index every year recording the views of expatriates living in 68 countries abroad on their “quality of life”: leisure options, health and well-being, safety and security, personal happiness, travel and...

  • Collusion in public procurement

    In a genuinely democratic system, when the government refuses to give sensible explanations for alleged irregular practices in the procurement of goods and services financed by taxpayers’ money, there should be an automatic investigation by...

  • Online medical courses

    For-profit online institutions have experienced strong growth rates and are expected to continue to do so by adding new degree programmes, including for high-demand professions such as medicine. Even traditional universities are increasingly...

  • Multiply the power of one

    A resident of St George’s Bay has risen above the hubbub and is attempting to see, through court action, whether the government’s land deal with the Corinthia Group is in breach of the public domain law. As the outrage over plans to allow land...

  • Getting ready for Brexit

    Whether the UK leaves the EU as planned on March 29 or not does not depend on Malta. What this country must do is ensure that relations with Britain following Brexit are as mutually accommodating as possible. Relations between the two countries...

  • At the stroke of a pen

    When the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, George Hyzler, had his first meeting with the parliamentary committee he reports to, he said he would be looking into concerns raised by the Venice Commission on MPs’ ability to scrutinise the...

  • Time to act on pensions

    The issue over the future sustainability of pensions is not being taken seriously enough. Nor is the government taking the necessary action to ensure the present rate of the national contributory pension is adequate enough for pensioners to meet...

  • Money-laundering concerns

    Rapid economic growth in a relatively short time involves risks that unless addressed with determination may eventually not make it sustainable. Malta’s rapid economic expansion in the last few years has been praised by international institutions...

  • Where is the legacy?

    It has only been a few weeks since the curtain was officially lowered on what, for years, has been touted as the biggest cultural epiphany to hit these islands: Valletta 2018. From when the first bid was formalised back in 2011, till now, the hype...

  • Raising the bar in public life

    Malta may be excelling in economic indicators, with the government wallowing in self-praise over consistently high growth rates, but there is another face of the country that is not so attractive. Where moral standards are concerned, there has...

  • Flu worsens hospital overcrowding

    The holidays are over and the flu season is reaching its peak impact, exposing once again the serious overcrowding problems being faced by Mater Dei Hospital. Many are rightly asking if this overcrowding is rendering the hospital unsafe for more...

  • The foreign workers phenomenon

    The influx of foreign workers over the last few years helped the economy to grow at a fast rate. It seems the government and the head of State employment agency JobsPlus have no intention to question the possible negative social, economic and...