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Mediterranean ObserverDecember 1, 2022
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The Council has adopted conclusions setting out a European Agenda for Tourism 2030, which includes a multi-annual EU work plan to help member states, public authorities, the Commission and stakeholders make the tourism sector greener and more sustainable, resilient and digitalised. “Since the age of Marco Polo, travelling and discovering new destinations has been crucial […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 30, 2022
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6min56
The European Commission has issued a proposal to review the current Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). The objective of this review shall be to further improve packaging design to enable cost-effective recycling, and to reduce packaging waste. This shall include replacing the current Directive with a Regulation, which promises to level the playing-field within […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 23, 2022
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The European Parliament has formally adopted the new EU law on gender balance on corporate boards. By 2026, companies will need to have 40% of the underrepresented sex among non-executive directors or 33% among all directors. On this occasion, President von der Leyen together with Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Dalli issued the following statement: “This is a long-awaited moment, a moment […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 16, 2022
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Today a landmark new set of EU rules for a safer and more accountable online environment enters into force with the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA applies to all digital services that connect consumers to goods, services, or content. It creates comprehensive new obligations for online platforms to reduce harms and counter risks online, introduces strong […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 14, 2022
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After a strong first half of the year, the EU economy has now entered a much more challenging phase. The shocks unleashed by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine are denting global demand and reinforcing global inflationary pressures. The EU is among the most exposed advanced economies, due to its geographical proximity to the war […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 8, 2022
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Malta Business Bureau and MHRA believe the rules are a step closer to a fair level playing-field in the tourist accommodation sector. Yesterday (7th November 2022), the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation for new rules on short-term accommodation rentals (STR). The rules aim to create more transparency in the short-term private rental […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 7, 2022
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Today, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation to enhance transparency in the field of short-term accommodation rentals and help public authorities ensure their balanced development as part of a sustainable tourism sector. While short-term accommodation bookings offer benefits for hosts and tourists, they can create concerns for certain local communities struggling, for instance, […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 5, 2022
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The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) salutes the memory of former Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, describing him as a “defender of the working class, who was neither swayed nor interested in personal wealth.” MHRA President Tony Zahra states that, “Dr Mifsud Bonnici was a genuine gentleman who believed in the […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 4, 2022
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European Commission Work Programme 2023 The European Commission published its work programme for next year indicating the new initiatives, proposed revisions of current initiatives, and the priority pending proposals. The political strategy of this Commission is to set Europe on a path to successfully achieving climate neutrality by 2050, shaping our digital future, strengthening our […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 3, 2022
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During the first half of 2022, guests spent around 199 million nights in short-term rental accommodation booked via Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia Group or Tripadvisor in the EU, an increase of around 138% compared with the same period in 2021. With this value, platform tourism exceeded the levels recorded in the first half of 2019, the year […]


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