Europe

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Heat weather records have been smashed in Malta and across Europe Temperatures for December reached a 100-year high in Malta as warm weather records are smashed across Europe, according to the Malta Met Office. The mean maximum temperature last month was 19.5°C, the highest since 1922, and more than two degrees higher than the 17°C […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 30, 2022
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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 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 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 ObserverOctober 25, 2022
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The Council today reached an agreement (general approach) on a proposal to revise the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The main objectives of the revision are that all new buildings should be zero-emission buildings by 2030, and that existing buildings should be transformed into zero-emission buildings by 2050. As regards new buildings, the Council agreed […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2022
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Following the announcement by President Ursula von der Leyen in her 2022 State of the Union address, the Commission has adopted its proposal to make 2023 the European Year of Skills. The green and digital transitions are opening up new opportunities for people and the EU economy. Having the relevant skills empowers people to successfully navigate labour market changes […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2022
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) and its member states have signed the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the European Union and its member states (“ASEAN-EU CATA”) at the 28th ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting on 17 October 2022, […]

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Special considerations needed to avoid additional burdens on SMEs within value chains On Tuesday 4th October 2022, the Malta Business Bureau (MBB) held a business session on the EU proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). This Directive complements several other EU Directives such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the Taxonomy […]

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Measures to reduce energy prices The Energy Council agreed on a Regulation on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices earlier today which outlines four key measures: Electricity demand reduction. Voluntary reduction target of 10% of gross electricity consumption and a mandatory reduction target of 5% of the electricity consumption in peak hours. Cap […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 22, 2022
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On Monday, 19th September, the European Commission announced a new proposal for a Single Market Emergency Instrument (SMEI). This builds on lessons learnt from the Covid-19 crisis and creates a framework that enhances the Single Market’s resilience through appropriate and necessary crisis preparedness and crisis management actions to guarantee its smooth functioning in times of […]


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