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Gozo in the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development

Earlier today a document setting out the objectives of a Strategic Plan for Environment and Development, was unveiled for public consultation. It will replace the 20-year old Structure Plan. In the document Gozo is treated as a distinct spatial area. The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (SPED) will seek to enable economic growth, strengthen [...]
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Qala man arrested after jewellery store robbery in Victoria

The Gozo Police said this afternoon that they had arrested a 30-year-old Qala man today following reports that a man had been acting in a suspicious manner in the area of Palm Street, in Victoria. The statement said that the Police who attended the scene, did not at first notice anbody or anything suspicious. It [...]
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Gozo incentive schemes needed to attract domestic tourists

The Agenda of the Gozo Tourism Assoication’s 14th Annual General meeting held recently, included an address by the Chairman of the Association, Mr Paul Scicluna, the Administrative report by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Joe Muscat, and the Financial report by the Treasurer, Mr Mark Busuttil. The meeting was also addressed by the Minister for [...]
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Government responds on pension entitlements in Malta

The Government this afternoon issued a statement in response to today’s European Commission Reasoned Opinion on Infringement No 2009/2161 with regard to Malta’s application of Article 46b of Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 and Article 54 of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 with regard to persons receiving a Maltese statutory social security pension and a civil service [...]
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80 participants on film scout & location management course

The Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment, Tonio Fenech addressing participants today who have completed a Scout and Location Management Course organised by the Malta Film Commission said that, “the film industry in Malta and Gozo has experienced substantial growth over the past four years, with over 65 productions shot in Malta and Gozo.” [...]
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EC asks Malta to stop cuts to EU civil service pensions

The European Commission has requested Malta to stop reducing Maltese old-age pensions by the amount of civil servant pensions received from other Member States. Maltese legislation provides that Maltese statutory old-age pensions are partly decreased by the sum of service pensions paid for past services in Malta or abroad. Such a practice breaches social security [...]
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More new MCAST part-time courses starting next month

Through several part-time courses offered by its 10 Institutes in Malta and the Gozo Centre, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology said that it is providing vocational education and training to over 4,000 individuals every year. Next month MCAST will be starting another 200 evening courses, including 14 new programmes, providing lifelong learning [...]
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Government says parameters in 2011 derogation were met

The Government said that it takes note of the Reasoned Opinion issued by the Commission regarding the alleged breach of the Birds Directive in relation to the trapping in autumn of four species of birds (Turtle Dove, Quail, Golden Plover and Song Thrush). “The Commission is claiming Malta’s practice of autumn trapping since 2004 does [...]
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European Commission asks Malta to ensure bird protection

The European Commission has asked Malta to improve the protection of birds that pass over its islands in the autumn. Since Malta joined the EU in 2004 it has allowed the autumn trapping of four species of birds protected by EU laws: the Turtle Dove, Quail, Golden Plover and Song Thrush. On the recommendation of [...]
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3* hotels in Gozo saw highest rise in occupancy in December

Total arrivals and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments in December stood at 75,362 and 330,259 respectively, with an average length of stay of 4.4 nights. In Gozo and Comino, the net use of bed-places stood at 17.0 per cent. Overall, the highest increase in occupancy rate in Gozo and Comino was registered among the [...]
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Health Directorate stops sadness from reaching local citrus

During the past weeks the Plant Health Directorate, within the Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs, said this morning that it had stopped three citrus consignments, originating from Spain and Italy, to enter into circulation in the Maltese islands. The Directorate intercepted these 3 consignments of citrus fruit bearing leaves and peduncles during the routine [...]
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