The Commission welcomes the political agreement on the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal It was reached yesterday between the European Parliament and the Council. Once in place, the new rules will help decarbonise the aviation sector by requiring fuel suppliers to blend sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with kerosene in increasing amounts from 2025. This measure on its own is […]


The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached this morning with the European Parliament and the Council to reform and strengthen the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. This deal marks a further step in the completion of the ‘Fit for 55′ package to deliver the European Green Deal and the REPowerEU Plan. It shows once again the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 12, 2022

The proposed revision to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is part of the European Commission’s 2nd Fit for 55 package released in December 2021. The aim of the Fit for 55 packages is to translate the European Green Deal’s vision for a climate neutral Europe by 2050 into policy terms, specifically focusing on […]


31 local restaurants have been recognized by the Michelin Guide, which annually recognizes the quality and culinary skills of the best restaurants in the world. For the year of 2022, five restaurants in the Maltese Islands have earned the prestigious title of “One-MICHELIN Star Status.” ‘Under Grain’, ‘Noni’, ‘ION-The Harbor’, ‘De Mondion’ and ‘Bahia’ were […]

Mediterranean ObserverJanuary 25, 2022

The list of potential side effects from COVID-19 vaccines is long. But scientists now say many of the adverse reactions people have been feeling could be caused not by the vaccines themselves, but by the “nocebo effect.” This is when people anticipate a negative response to a medicine and then experience exactly that, even if […]

Mediterranean ObserverJanuary 14, 2022

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) notes that the new measures announced yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne are a “hammer blow” for the hospitality sector as these lead to anomalies in the rules applicable to different economic sectors. 2020 and 2021 have been two years of chopping and changing for the hospitality […]

Mediterranean ObserverDecember 26, 2021

Pope Francis gave a message of dialogue in his Christmas message as the surging cases caused by the latest COVID-19 variant cast a shadow on celebrations across the world, including Bethlehem. An explosion in cases driven by the rise of the omicron variant has meant a Christmas season tainted by the pandemic for a second […]

Mediterranean ObserverDecember 23, 2021

Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela said Thursday that that the Covid-19 wage supplement being given to businesses will be revised nearing the end of January, and, if necessary, will be extended further. Speaking on ONE Radio, Abela said that the country is doing well economically, and so will not be pressed against the wall on […]

Mediterranean ObserverDecember 21, 2021

Measure is aimed at encouraging take-up of the booster jab The European Union is poised to limit the validity of vaccine recognition in its EU Covid certificate to nine months, its executive said on Tuesday, in a bid to encourage boosters. The European Commission said in a statement it has adopted “a binding acceptance period […]

Mediterranean ObserverDecember 3, 2021

On 2-3 December 2021, HOTREC welcomed national associations and prominent speakers in Lyon for its 83rd General Assembly. Delegates voiced their grave concerns for the sector’s viability and urged policymakers to ramp up support actions. The European hospitality industry is severely concerned by a resurgence of infection rates and lockdown measures. HOTREC General Assembly discussions […]

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