20 MARCH 2002

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Lobbying campaign enters new phase
The pro and anti EU lobbies will enter into a different stage of campaigning tomorrow evening when the series of political broadcasts organised by the Broadcasting Authority about the future relations between Malta and the EU, kicks off with a discussion on ‘property’.

Still no sign of rescue for Price Club chain
The Price Club chain of supermarkets still remains closed months after the business crashed disastrously. Although the directors of the beleaguered company are hoping that a buyer will still materialise, they have twice watched negotiations with potential buyers waver and fail.

Shops to be given easy late-night shopping option
As from next month, shop owners will have the chance to open their outlets up until 10pm, provided they apply for the necessary licence. The move forms part of the new trading licence regulations which are currently coming into force.

Mobile phones just over the halfway mark
Statistics released by the National Statistics Office show that during the third quarter last year more than half of the population had a mobile phone subscription clearly indicating that Malta is fast approaching saturation point in the mobile phone sector.

Early games mean slack business for World Cup bars
Bar owners are bracing themselves for lean trade during this year’s World Cup finals. Not only will they be battling an economic slowdown, but the early-morning timings of the matches also mean they are unlikely to find this year’s footballing bonanza to be the guaranteed money spinner it usually is

Malta contributes to tourism recovery committee
Tourism Minister Michael Refalo last Friday participated in the second meeting of the Tourism Recovery Committee, a high level meeting attended by tourism ministers worldwide to discuss the impacts of the 11 September on tourism. Dr Refalo was accompanied by MTA Chief Executive, Leslie Vella.

Mosta Technopark’s self-management success
"Self-management has always been a tool through which pride and a sense of belonging are fostered to bring about a higher standard of results – and this is what the Mosta Technopark Tenants Association has achieved," MTTA Chairman, Henry J. Borg recently commented said this while addressing the first Annual General meeting of his association – a year after the tenants themselves took over the running of the Estate from the Malta Development Corporation.

The EU - the Mediterranean’s largest trading partner
According to statistics released by Eurostat yesterday, over 2000 the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) conducted nearly half of their total trade (imports + exports) with the EU. The United States, with 14.1 per cent of total MPC trade, ranked second behind the EU as a trading partner. In 2001, the EU conducted 7.1 per cent of its total extra-EU trade with the MPCs



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