The European Parliament's Petitions Committee and Simon Busuttil MEP organised a workshop on "Combating misleading business directories" in Brussels on 11 September.
Many enterprises, often small traders, fall victim to scams operated through misleading advertising and unwillingly sign up to an insertion into a business directory after having been led to believe that this would be free of charge - while in fact it is not.
As the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP) and the Eco-innovation programme have just closed their 2008 Call for applications, the CIPMalta National Contact Point is endeavouring to compile some statistics on the Maltese participation in these Calls. Thus, it would be greatly appreciated if you could let them know if you submitted application(s) to participate (as coordinator or partner) in any proposed ICTPSP or Eco-innovation projects.
GRTU Recommendations for Pre-Budget Discussions 2009
Current Situation Affecting the Development Industry
The GRTU, through surveys amongst its members, notes that the current situation in the development industry exhibits areas of concern in spite of a healthy employment scenario and a buoyant, still fragile tourism industry. This scenario begs a concerted effort by all the stake holders involved. GRTU notes that the issues involved, although widespread, can be split into 3 main categories:
Consultation Paper issued by :KPMG Advisory Unit
On behalf of the clients: Enemalta Corporation - Water Services Corporation
The analysis is based on the figures provided and no verification of the said figures has been made. We accordingly hold no responsibility for any further figures issued on the basis of these figures. We have tried to provide a constructive approach together with a mitigation plan , once again based on the figures provided at this stage
PROPOSAL FOR A COUNCIL DIRECTIVE ON IMPLEMENTING THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUAL TREATMENT BETWEEN PERSONS IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION OR BELIEF, DISABILITY, AGE OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION COM(2008)426 FINAL
1. GRTU cannot support the directive proposal in its present form since it would create legal uncertainty and additional burdens for the enter-prises in the commerce sector.
2. Instead of new legislation with an unclear outcome, GRTU advocates a non-legislative approach and is very much in favour of an intensified and structured dialogue between public authorities, business and all other stake-holders concerned, in particular NGOs representing those groups of society which are exposed to discrimination.