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Malta Report Malta Report
by Euro Reporter
2008-01-29 10:01:57
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Malta slowly closing employment gender gap

Malta continued to close its employment gender gap over the past five years, according to a new report issued by the European Commission. Malta still has the lowest level of employed females in the EU.

The Commission's report on Equality Between Women And Men In 2008 shows that, in 2006, the number of Maltese women aged 15 to 64 in employment rose to 34.9 per cent, almost three percentage points over the situation in 2001. As a consequence, the gender gap between men and women in employment fell to 39.6 per cent from 44.1 per cent in 2001.

Despite this rapid improvement, Malta is still topping the EU statistics when it comes to the level of female employment and gender gap. It is still hard to believe that women are still not treated as equals and it seems to take laws, reports and surveys to make it happen.

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Malta's 2007 Visitor Arrivals Up 10.6%

The number of visitors to Malta was estimated at 1.2 million in 2007, representing an increase of 10.6% over the previous year, the National Statistics Office announced. The growth was primarily attributable to an increase in holiday visits, mainly from the British, Scandinavian, and Irish markets.

At the same time, the number of overnight stays climbed 3.3% in the year 2007. The statistical office said that total tourist expenditure increased 6.0% in 2007 from the previous year. The survey results indicated that the per capita expenditure declined 3.6% compared to the last year.

Perhaps the British are beginning to realise that there are other islands in the Mediterranean Sea, other than Corfu, Rhodes and Majorca… let's hope the Maltese don't come to regret their tourism industry.

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Ambitious targets for Malta

In just 12 years, Malta is expected to have 10% of all its energy needs coming from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, and increase its use of biofuels to up to 10 per cent of all the fuel used for transport purposes on the island.

These ambitious targets were announced in Brussels by the European Commission when launching a far-reaching package of proposals aimed at delivering general commitments made by EU leaders last March to fight climate change and promote renewable energy.

"If you save the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves." Will the demonstration of smaller countries in the EU shifting their climate policy towards clean fuel eventually influence the larger countries? We can only hope that the 400,000 inhabitants of Malta can exert some pressure.

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Rose2008-01-30 21:33:54
How much does it cost for a family of four to maintain middle-class existence in Malta?

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