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Mediterranean ObserverNovember 2, 2022
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8min169
The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) has now entered into force. The new Regulation will put an end to unfair practices by companies that act as gatekeepers in the online platform economy. It was proposed by the Commission in December 2020 and agreed by the European Parliament and the Council in record-time, in March 2022. […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 1, 2022
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8min157
The European Commission has adopted an amendment to the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework to enable Member States to continue to use the flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The Temporary Crisis Framework was adopted on 23 March 2022 and first amended on 20 July 2022, to complement […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 28, 2022
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The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) today presented the BOV Quarter 3 2022 Hotel Performance Survey as prepared by Deloitte at SeaView Hotel, Bugibba. On a cumulative basis, tourist arrivals for the first six months of the year reached 75% of 2019 levels, almost matching the same length of stay as in 2019. (Refer […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 25, 2022
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7min1355
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 24, 2022
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2min526
The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) refers to the Budget 2023 communicated by the Minister of Finance Clyde Caruana as a war chest addressing current unprecedented global economic challenges. MHRA President Tony Zahra states, “the Government’s 600 million investment in energy represents approximately 10% of Malta’s budget and this must be the most important […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 18, 2022
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The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) salutes the memory of Robert Arrigo, describing him as a “leading pioneer of the Maltese tourism sector, a champion of local sports, and a conviction politician.” MHRA President Tony Zahra states that significantly, “the Maltese tourism sector has today lost a committed entrepreneur who contributed to shaping up […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2022
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17min214
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, […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 14, 2022
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5min372
On the 10th of October 2022, the European Commission published the EU Talent Pool pilot, available in English, Ukrainian and Russian, with the aim of matching job seekers and employers. The tool is implemented through the  EURES portal , a job-searching portal managed by the European Labour Authority. It brings together national employment services, private employment […]

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75% of take-off and landing slots must be used to keep them next season Exceptions in the case of health emergencies, natural disasters or political unrest Special measures on EU-Ukraine connectivity To better reflect increasing air traffic, Parliament updated the take-off and landing slots rules for airlines and kept some exceptions introduced during the pandemic. […]


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