05 FEBRUARY 2003

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Economic Update
Labour’s wine boomerang

EU’s strict wine labelling regulations also apply to non-EU traders

By Kurt Sansone
It appeared to be a trump card for Alfred Sant’s anti-membership campaign, but the controversy raised over the wine labelling regulations of the European Union will come back to haunt him if a prospective Labour government decides to negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU. READ MORE >>

MHRA council votes unanimously in favour of EU membership

With the tourism sector representing roughly one third of Malta’s GDP, the pro-EU camp received another strong vote of confidence from the business community yesterday, with the 14-strong Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association council voting unanimously in favour of EU accession. READ MORE >>

MES shoots down GWU on drop in exports to EU claim

By David Lindsay
The Economic Services Ministry has strongly rebutted comments by General Workers’ Union General Secretary Tony Zarb, who was quoted recently as stating, "Exports (from Malta) to the EU have declined by nearly 30 per cent since Malta’s application for membership". READ MORE >>

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