19 DECEMBER 2001
ISSUE NO. 216
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Editorial


What lies in store for us next year


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Entrepreneurs’ gripe over delays
By Miriam Dunn
Problems with the Planning Authority, Customs, the Police and the VAT Office are among the most common encountered by businessmen during their daily operations, according to a report published last week

Sales expected to get better
By Kurt Sansone
A survey conducted by the GRTU in the first week of the Christmas shopping spree has found that 76 per cent of retailers expect things to go better even though just over half of them reported having ‘good’ sales

Xmas card weathers email
By Kurt Sansone
With Maltapost handling a whopping 4.5 million postal items during the Christmas period, Public Relations Officer Tony Barbaro Sant has no doubt that the Christmas card has retained its special place despite the extensive use of emails and electronic cards
FOCUS

The Laeken Summit – an overview
At last weekend’s EU Laeken Summit, EU leaders moved forward on reforms, named candidate countries likely to finalise negotiations next year but faltered when it came to deciding on the location of its infrastructural agencies. Following is an overview of the summit’s results


INTERVIEW

Planning and development - a critical balancing act
Those involved in the planning profession often find themselves carrying out a precarious balancing act - weighing social, economic and environmental considerations in order to find the best possible solution in the circumstances of the day with the future in mind. David Lindsay speaks to Chamber of Planners President Vince Magri and General Secretary Tony Ellul about the profession and its chamber
OPINION

All chapters on the table
Last week, Foreign Minister Joe Borg addressed the Fifth Accession Conference in Brussels, during which he highlights the particular progress made by Malta in its bid to meet the EU’s accession criteria


IN THE NEWS

Volksbank Malta introduces Maurice Mizzi as their new chairman
Highest birth rate and worst deficit for Malta among EU applicant countries
Mediation attempts to resolve doctors’ dispute
Father Internet virtually in Malta
Thomson awards for Sliema Hotel
New branch for Bank of Valletta in Fgura
European Central Bank holds seminar for accession countries
Eurocheque guarantee service to terminate on 1 January

 

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Editor: Saviour Balzan
e-mail: editorial@networkpublications.com.mt