EU agreement on Digital Policy Programme The EU Council and Parliament agreed on the monitoring and cooperation system of the 2030 Policy Programme: Path to the Digital Decade. The programme sets up a monitoring and cooperation system to achieve the common objectives and targets for Europe’s digital transformation set out in the 2030 Digital Compass […]


EU agreement on Adequate Minimum Wages The agreement provides a set of minimum criteria that member states will need to consider when determining their statutory minimum wages. The relative weight of the criteria will be left up to the member states to decide. Reference to international values such as 60% of the gross median wage […]


Italy has removed the requirement for international visitors to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) to enter the country. As of May 1, Britons travelling to Italy have been able to enter without completing an online form. The UK Foreign Office website states: “From May 1, travellers will no longer be required to complete a […]


Maltese Minister for the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli said Thursday that the government wage supplement scheme has been extended to the month of May, as well as revealed that the total government investment for the scheme was that of over €720 million. The wage supplement scheme was launched to help recover from […]


Air Malta launches its Summer 2022 flight schedule 125 weekly scheduled services Approximately 1.3 million seats on sale Will resume operations to London Gatwick and Madrid Airports Summer has finally arrived with Air Malta launching operation of its significantly expanded Summer 2022 flying program. The seven-month schedule, which runs from 27th March till 29th October, […]


The Bank of Valletta Group reported a profit before tax of €80.7 million for the financial year ending 31 December 2021. The Group’s results were announced by Bank of Valletta (BOV) Chairman Dr Gordon Cordina and Chief Executive Officer Rick Hunkin through an online press conference. Financial performance of the Group Profit before tax of […]


The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) fully supports calls by travel and tourism stakeholders to end all remaining travel restrictions. Whilst recognizing efforts spearheaded by the relevant national authorities in managing the spread of the pandemic, the reduction of COVID 19 protocols that have taken place to-date don’t go far enough to reflect the […]


The Malta Business Bureau (MBB) believes in the added value that diversity brings within companies, including at Board room levels. The EU Council today adopted the proposal for a Directive on Gender Balance among Directors on Listed Companies. This important development takes place 10 years after the Directive had been originally proposed by the European […]


Vaccinated visitors to Greece will no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering the country from March 15. The announcement was made in a statement published by the country’s Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias. The statement reads: “On a recommendation by the Experts’ Committee of the Ministry of Health, as of […]


Spain has reversed plans to prevent international travellers using Covid-19 recovery certificates to enter the country. The European Union had proposed a move to a system based on individuals rather than country of origin, with vaccination or recovery status used to permit entry. The Spanish government was reportedly going to reject the plans and insist […]

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