The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been recently finalised and is set to come in force on the 25th of May 2018. Following two successful information sessions, GRTU felt the need to organise a half day seminar focusing on the essential information required. This seminar is being aimed to give you nothing more than that required by the regulation and the tools needed in order to ensure that your business is fully in line with the new GDPR.

Those present during this seminar, will be given the opportunity to address questions directly at the Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner.

The agenda includes opening messages followed by an overal explanation of the new GDPR followed by a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

Date: Wednesday 25th April
Time: 08:30 – 12:00 (Followed by a networking lunch)
Venue: Montekristo Estate
Fee: Registration is Free



Places are limited and will be strictly be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This event is being organised with the full support of the Parliamentary Secretariat responsible for Consumer Protection and Valletta 18.



In 2014 the European Commission published Directive 2014/55/EU which has the objective of promoting the uptake of electronic invoicing in public procurement. The directive also aims to ensure interoperability and legal certainty between member states on this subject. Electronic invoicing has the benefit of allowing the automated generation, transmission, reception and processing of an invoice. The implementation of a common European Standard on electronic invoicing is a guarantee that these benefits are reached in the context of the European internal market.


GRTU has today held its first Executive Council meeting during which Paul Abela has been confirmed as GRTU President for the year 2018.
The Executive Council also elected GRTU’s 6 Vice Presidents as follows:


Vice President Policy and Strategy

Philip Fenech

Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure, Business Consultancy Services

Vice president Finance and Administration

Marcel Mizzi

E-Commerce, Web & Software Developer

Vice President Sectors

Sergio Camilleri

Petrol Station owner, Auto Parts, Auto Dealer, Rent a Car & Panel Beater

Vice President Districts and Localities

Michael Galea

Auto Dealer, Importer & Repairs, Auto Service Station, Marketing Advisor & Real Estate Hifi, TV

Vice President International Relations

Mario Debono

Pharmacy Owner, Pharmaceutical Importer, Healthcare IT Provider & Property Developer

Vice President Training and Development

Joan Haber

Manufacturer of Artistic Crafts & Ceramic Goods, Event Organizer, Crafts Council Representative


GRTU’s Members on the Executive Council for the year 2018 are:


Bezzina Matthew

Transport & Logistics / Chauffer Service

Cutajar Patrick

IT Consultant

Fenech Alfred

Jewellery Importer, Manufacturer & Retailer & Restauranteur

Fenech Azzopardi


Retailer & Manufacturer of Furs & Leather Wear, Importer & Retailer of Swimwear

Fino Dino

Import & Retail of Home and Contract Furniture

Galea Stephen

President Socjeta` Vitikultura, Agriculture, Farmer & Vine Grower

Gauci Noel

Renewable Energy, Culinary Products

Micallef Marthese

Importer & Retailer of Toiletries & Detergents

Vella Salvu

Cargo Haulier (Burdnar), Customs Clearance Agent & Forwarder, Shipping & Travel Agent & VRT

Zammit Carmel

Cargo Haulier (Burdnar)

Zerafa Joseph

Brown Goods


Whilst thanking Mr Chris Vassallo and Mr Emmanuel Azzopardi for their valuable service over the years, the GRTU Council this year welcomes the inclusion of Ms Marthese Micallef - owner of Sparkle Image; and Mr Dino Fino – an importer and retailer of home and contract furniture.

Last Tuesday 30th January the GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs successfully held its Annual General Meeting during which Paul Abela made an introduction of what 2017 meant for GRTU. He said that although a number of challenging issues cropped up, GRTU successfully managed to work with the Government and all stakeholders in order to find amicable solutions that safeguard the interests of small businesses. In her presentation of the Annual Report GRTU CEO Abigail Mamo presented an overview of the work undertaken by GRTU during 2017.

Amongst other things, the CEO highlighted that following liberalisation of shop opening hours, GRTU further convinced the authorities to remove a €700 fee payable each time a business chose to open seven days a week. On the proposal and insistence of the GRTU, the CEO explained that local enforcement officers would no longer be privately employed, in order to limit the direct interest in handing out contraventions and a warning ticket system was implemented. Furthermore, the GRTU proposal to set up a Malta Development Bank saw fruition, the process to employ non-EU nationals was simplified and a scanner was moved down to the area where imports by sea enter the market in the grand harbour to help in clamping down on unfair competition.

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penalty points 1GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs once again states that it has always agreed with the principles behind the penalty point system and that greater care and safety on the road was also in the interest of business, GRTU expresses grave concern on its implementation.

The penalty point system has turned out to be yet another piece of blinkered legislation that places a disproportionate burden on business owners in the most unjust manner. The rash law has unfortunately generated more than a few teething problems and, as GRTU had warned, led to serious consequences.




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