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Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 28, 2023

Today, the Commission has opened new calls for proposals under the 2023-2024 Work Programmes of the Digital Europe Programme to strengthen digital capacities across the EU. The calls are open to businesses, public administrations, and other entities from the EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries, and associated countries. Over €12 million allocated for projects under these calls focus on continuing support for the creation […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 27, 2023

Today, the Commission has published the Special Eurobarometer on digitalisation of travel documents and facilitation of travel. The report explores EU citizens’ views and perceptions of travel policies, as well as the introduction and possible use of digital travel credentials. According to the survey, 68% of Europeans consider that digitalisation of travel documents is an […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 27, 2023

The European Commission has informed Booking Holdings (‘Booking’) of its preliminary view that its proposed acquisition of Flugo Group Holdings AB (‘eTraveli’) may allow Booking to strengthen its position on the market for hotel online travel agencies (‘OTAs’) in the European Economic Area (‘EEA’). Booking and eTraveli are both active in the provision of OTA services, respectively focusing […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 18, 2023

Today, the European Commission adopted a key package of initiatives to reduce tax compliance costs for large, cross-border businesses in the European Union. Today’s proposal, called “Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation” (BEFIT), will make life easier for both businesses and tax authorities by introducing a new, single set of rules to determine the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 18, 2023

Today, the Commission is presenting a series of initiatives to address the needs of Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the current economic environment. Representing 99% of Europe’s businesses, SMEs are essential drivers of Europe’s green and digital transitions, but continue to face unpredictability and volatility as a result of a number of crises in recent […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 18, 2023

A new survey published today confirms that skilled workers are key to the success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. The results come on the same day as the Commission presents a set of initiatives for SME relief. These initiatives aim to enable a skilled workforce for SMEs to flourish by continuing to support training actions provided by the skills […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 15, 2023

Helping small to medium-sized restaurants handle their restaurant bookings at no cost. Tableo, the fast-growing Restaurant Reservation and Management System, has announced a free version of its software with no time limits. The reservation solution will be available for free for up to 50 bookings monthly, making it the ideal solution for smaller restaurants. “We […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 15, 2023

Today, the European Commission has published the 2022 Annual Burden Survey, which presents the Commission’s action to simplify and modernise EU rules. It lays out the progress and concrete examples of what the Commission has achieved in the first year of fully applying the ‘one in, one out’ approach, as well as with its Regulatory Fitness […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 14, 2023

The contract welcomes Swissport’s return to one of the world’s busiest airports. Swissport will supply a comprehensive range of Ground Handling services including check-in, boarding, ramp and baggage from September 1st, with cleaning services being added from October. Swissport already offers ground handling services within Terminal Two as well as cleaning services to a wide […]

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The Mediterranean Observer is a news portal dedicated to travel tourism, and hospitality in the Mediterranean region. This portal is managed by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, based in the Mediterranean country of Malta.