Business & Economy


November 30, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Brussels | EU to ban single-use packaging used in hotels & restaurants

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 […]

October 17, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Commission kick-starts work on the European Year of Skills

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 […]
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October 17, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

ASEAN and the EU sign the world’s first bloc-to-bloc Air Transport Agreement

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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October 6, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

PRESS RELEASE I EU Corporate Sustainability and Due Diligence Rules Must be Clear and Implementable

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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October 3, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

UPDATES – MBB Brussels Report

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 […]
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September 22, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Brussels │Single Market Emergency Instrument to safeguard EU freedoms in future crises

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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September 19, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Brussels | New EU rules to allow use of recycled plastics in food packaging

Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/15XX on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods will enter into force in October 2022. At the time of entry into force, the Regulation will have the following effect: Regulation (EC) No 282/2008 is repealed; it will no longer be in force; It is no longer […]
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September 16, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

HOTREC I Legal Migration Package: One Step to Fight Labour Shortages

HOTREC welcomes the European Commission package on legal migration presented on 27 April 2022 and believes it can be part of the solution to overcome the labour shortages facing the hospitality sector. Hotrec’s main position: Hotrec fully supports the activation of the Talent Partnership and welcome the fact that the Commission intends to include the […]
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September 13, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

The European Commission launched call for evidence and public consultation on review of Slot Regulation

The European Commission launched a call for evidence together with a public consultation on the review of the Slot Regulation (Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93), which was announced in the framework of the EU’s sustainable and smart mobility strategy at the end of 2020. With the revision, the Commission aims to ensure efficient management of […]
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September 12, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Brussels | The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive – Key Implications?

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 […]
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