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GRTU and its members in the Gas Distributors sector has this week met Liquigas in a cordial meeting to discuss a number of issues that were pending and were creating friction between both parties. The meeting was called to trash out these issues and enhance dialogue between both parties with the aim of creating a better working relationship and building trust for the benefit of all the parties involved, including the final consumer.

The relationship between Liquigas and the distributors has been somewhat turbulent during the last years, which all also due to uncertainty in licences and policy. Both parties however seemed intent in putting the past behind them and having a healthy business to business relationship in the future as both parties stated that they are here to stay.

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Is-Segretarju Parlamentari għall-Biedja, Sajd u Drittijiet tal-Annimali Roderick Galdes illum nieda l-iskema tal-Marka ta' Kwalità għall-prodotti agrikoli lokali. Din il-Marka ta' Kwalità - li se tkun qed titpoġġa fuq prodotti li jilħqu ċertu livell -
se tkun garanzija li l-prodott li qed jinxtara mhux biss jilħaq l-istandards minimi Ewropej, iżda fih ukoll ċertu kwalitajiet li jmorru lil hinn fil-mod kif ġie kkultivat/mrobbi, mwassal u ppakjat, bil-garanziji ta' proċess awditjat u ċertifikat f'mod indipendenti.

Is-Segretarju Parlamentari spjega kif din mhux se tkun sempliċiment tikketta li titwaħħal ma' kwalunkwe prodott, iżda sservi wkoll ta' protezzjoni għall-prodotti u produtturi ġenwini.

Roderick Galdes irrimarka kif b'din l-iskema, mill-għalqa sal-mejda il-prodott se jkun traċċabli u l-proċess trasparenti. Hu qal li kien ilu jinħass il-bżonn biex bħal pajjiżi oħra, Malta jkollha sistema u prodotti lokali li jaqgħu taħt il-qafas magħruf u sostnut mill-Unjoni Ewropea.

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Two sets of Bring in Sites siutated at Xlendi Parking Bay were burned during the night between Wednesday and Thursday this week, more precisely between 12 midnight and 1 am.
These bring in sites consisted of six domed shaped Bins belonging to the Local Council of Munxar and four containers on wheels, property of Green MT, the National Authorised Packaging Waste Complaince Scheme . A total of ten containers and in addition two palm trees, and also a decorative lamp post. We estimate damages at a cost of nearly Euros 6000.

It was a night of dew and some rain so the containers could not have caught fire on their own merit. Arson is definately suspected and the case has been reported to the Police. The Civil Protection were on site within minutes and avoided more damages to other property. We have full confidence in the Police Force and we are sure this suspected arson will be investigated in its proper manner. Such incidents are aimed only to satisfy a single coward's need and with the resulting inconvenience to the Community. We need to eradicate such individuals and bring them to justice.

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GRTU was represented by Ms Carmen Borg at a seminar organised by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) regarding the recognition of qualifications with particular attention to its relevance to employers.

The opening address was delivered by NCFHE CEO Ms Edel Cassar, whereas two plenary sessions were held. The speakers were MQRIC Head Ms May Anne Ciappara, Research & Policy Manager Ms Christine Scholz and NCFHE Officers Ms Angelique Grech and Ms Shirley Micallef.

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EU Task Force identifies 2,000 potential projects worth €1.3 trillion - The EU Task Force on Investment published a report showing that there is significant potential for investment in Europe. It identifies around 2,000 projects across Europe worth some €1.3 trillion of potential investments, out of which over €500 billion worth of projects could potentially be implemented over the next three years.
Many of these projects are currently not being realised due to financial, regulatory or other barriers. Vice-President Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "This report shows there are huge investment needs and viable projects that could lift economic growth and open up more job opportunities in Europe. There has been a severe disconnect between the available investment and credible projects on the ground. We are now taking a big step to restore investor confidence and connect the two." Any project identified by the Task Force will have to be assessed thoroughly before being considered for finance. The central idea is to provide a pipeline of trustworthy projects which will restore investor confidence and unlock private sector investment to complement finance from Member States and the EU.

For more information can be found at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-2480_en.htm

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