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MBB-ITS Host Food Waste Reduction Seminar

On Wednesday 12th June 2019, the Malta Business Bureau (MBB) and the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) hosted a food waste reduction seminar, in collaboration with the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA). The objective of this information seminar was to introduce the LIFE FOSTER project to businesses, and to highlight how it will provide both immediate and long-term benefits to the Maltese hospitality sector.

Opening the event, ITS CEO Pierre Fenech said, “it is great seeing a lot of workers from the hospitality industry, who have shown interest in learning more on what can be done to reduce the food waste problem.  As ITS, our role is not just educating tomorrow’s industry workers but also to continue educating those already in the industry with new skills sets. We currently have two lecturers who have received training and who will be passing on this knowledge to other lecturers and students. We will soon be hosting workshops for individuals in the hospitality industry to spread th...

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Waving the flag for the Single Market after Brexit

Mark Seychell, MBB Senior Advisor for Internal Market and Legal Affairs

This Opinion Piece featured on The Sunday Times of Malta, on 19th May 2019.

There is little doubt that when we talk about the EU, one of the first things that springs to mind is the Single Market. It is probably fair to say that the creation and functioning of the Single Market is one of the, if not the, greatest achievement of the European Union. The implementation of complete freedom of movement of goods, capital, services and labour across such a vast and diverse market is unique and unparalleled. It should be celebrated for bringing out a completely new way that citizens go about their daily lives and revolutionising the way companies conduct business.

The Single Market provides the foundations on which the EU’s economic competitiveness can and must be built. Businesses require a strong Single Market in terms of internal homogeneity of rules and external strength in relation to global competition, opportunities and challenges.

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MBB Congratulates Participants of Malta Waste Reduction Awards 2019

Earlier this month, Wasteserv Malta hosted its annual Malta Waste Reduction Awards which recognizes local initiatives contributing towards waste reduction. Nominations were drawn from different sectors of society, including businesses, NGOs, local councils, and schools.

Below is a brief description of all business initiatives participating in this year’s awards ceremony:

 

Eden Leisure Group (Winner of Clean Up Category)

Eden Leisure Group (in collaboration with #Żibel and the Gaia Foundation) organised a micro-plastic clean up at Għajn Tuffieħa during the European Week for Waste Reduction 2018. This was done primarily through their gym ‘Cynergi’, supported by a radio campaign which promoted waste reduction tips on 89.7 Bay. These initiatives were complemented by some other in-house activities.

 

Veco – Vitally Ecologic (Winner of Business Category)

During the European Week for Waste Reduction 2018, Veco used various communication channels to create awareness on the negative impact that single-use plastic has on our environment. They also created a video displaying statistics on plastic pollution around the world. A blog post was published on their website, providing r...

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Business aspirations for the European elections

Simon De Cesare, MBB President

This Opinion Piece featured on The Sunday Times of Malta, on 14th April 2019

 

The European election is the democratic process by which citizens from across the EU elect their representatives to the European Parliament, who will be jointly responsible to pass legislation with the Member State governments on proposals made by the European Commission.

This puts a big responsibility on elected Members of the European Parliament, as first and foremost they will be tasked with interpreting how EU legislation impacts their own constituency; how it will affect certain economic sectors that may be predominant in their economy; or the practices of various interest groups from all segments of the society they represent. MEPs’ job is to stroll through the maze of EU legislation, searching for ways to create opportunities and divert any possible dangers.

This is no simple task as there is no winner takes all in the EU legislative process. With hundreds of MEPs affiliated with political groups of different ideology and emanating from Member States of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, success is only possible through persuasion, persistence and the a...

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Youth Opportunity: offering youth job placements via European Solidarity Corps

 

The project “European Solidarity Corps for Youth” is part of the occupational strand of the European Solidarity Corps. It seeks to match potential employers and interested candidates.

This year the European Solidarity Corps is aiming to offer 6,000 fixed term work placements ranging from 2 to 12 months to young Europeans across the Union in occupations with a solidarity dimension. The European Solidarity Corps is a project funded by the European Union.

These work placements can be in form of a job, a traineeship, or an apprenticeship. The aim of the project is seek potential matches between employers and interested candidates.

For employers there are many advantages to the project including the possibility to benefit from financial support for integrating the youngster in the team (up to €2,000) if your organisation is an SME (i.e. 250 employees maximum) and having access to talented youngsters who are rapidly operational.

On the candidate’s side, the initiative can be a springboard for their profes...

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For business, Europe is not an option, but a necessity

Simon De Cesare, MBB President

This opinion piece featured in The Sunday Times of Malta, on 17th March 2019

 

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron issued an open letter to Europe, highlighting that Brexit is a lesson for all of us, and that it is time for an EU renewal. A recent European Parliament poll concluding that the next election will likely result in diminished centrist pro-EU parties and a rise of radical populist parties, is worrying to us all.

Malta may be the most supportive Member State, with a Eurobarometer survey in 2018 concluding that 93 per cent of Maltese feel they benefit of EU membership. The reality, however, is that benefits can continue to be derived if we continue to be part of a strong unifying political project with the world’s largest common market. Should the growing disruptive forces prevail, benefits could transform into burdens.

President Macron’s call for EU renewal is timely, not because we are on the eve of an electoral appointment, but because we have been through a painful two-year Brexit process that should serve as an eye opener. EU-UK negotiations over the past two years have consumed a lot of energy fo...

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EU LIFE FOSTER Project launched – MBB and ITS collaborate to tackle food waste in hospitality

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EU LIFE FOSTER Project launched – MBB and ITS collaborate to tackle food waste in hospitality

 

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – The Malta Business Bureau (MBB) and the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) this morning launched their participation in the EU LIFE FOSTER Project. The objective of this three-year project is to support the reduction of food waste in Malta.

MBB President Simon De Cesare stated that “Food waste is a challenging environmental topic which also very tangibly affects businesses’ bottom line. The capacity building element of this project leaves us very hopeful that not only can we support Malta’s achievements in food waste reduction, but also contribute to the continuous professional development of Malta’s largest economic sector, the hospitality industry. The MBB strongly believes that through careful implementation, Malta’s investment in economic sectors can also br...

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