Em­ployer or­gan­i­sa­tions ad­vo­cate less rigid, more busi­ness-friendly EU

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Ad­dress­ing ex­ist­ing sin­gle mar­ket frag­men­ta­tions should be the un­der­lin­ing pri­or­ity for the Mal­tese EU Pres­i­dency, ac­cord­ing to Mal­tese em­ploy­ers. Busi­nesses are still fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to sell across bor­ders due to mem­ber states fail­ing to pro­vide mu­tual recog­ni­tion of goods, while ser­vice-providers are fac­ing bar­ri­ers to es­tab­lish­ing cross-bor­der oper­a­tions as a re­sult of end­less na­tional re­quire­ments and a lack of mar­ket surveillance re­sult­ing in in­fe­rior prod­ucts from third coun­tries find­ing their way onto the Euro­pean Sin­gle Mar­ket.

These, among other is­sues, were raised by a del­e­ga­tion of em­ployer or­gan­i­sa­tions con­sist­ing of the Malta Busi­ness Bureau, The Malta Cham­ber of Com­merce, En­ter­prise and In­dus­try, Malta Ho­tels and Restau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion, GRTU Malta Cham­ber of SMEs, and the Malta Em­ploy­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, in a meet­ing with the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Mon­day. In a state­ment is­sued to­day, the Mal­tese em­ploy­ers said that the EU should con­firm it­self as a global ac­tor by rein­vig­o­rat­ing the Mediter­ranean as an area of peace, co­op­er­a­tion and pros­per­ity. It should also make it­self more at­trac­tive and make it eas­ier for ta­lent from third coun­tries to come to the EU and con­trib­ute to­wards its growth, pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­no­va­tion.

These points were pre­sented in a doc­u­ment en­ti­tled ‘The EU Pres­i­dency – A busi­ness Agenda’, and re­flect the po­si­tion of the main em­ployer bod­ies in Malta.

They are the prod­uct of lengthy dis­cus­sions held over the past weeks, in which the Mal­tese em­ployer or­gan­i­sa­tions dis­cussed what, in their view, are the most rel­e­vant EU pri­or­i­ties and on which the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency should en­sure progress for the com­mon good of the EU. In an eco­nomic con­text, the em­ployer bod­ies said that they ad­vo­cate an EU which is less rigid and more busi­ness friendly, with clear, prag­matic and re­al­is­tic pri­or­i­ties, and where the fo­cus is on the con­crete de­liv­ery of these pri­or­i­ties.

The em­ployer or­gan­i­sa­tions told the Prime Minister they are con­fi­dent that Malta would step up dur­ing the EU Pres­i­dency, which will take place in the first half of 2017, and that they will con­tinue to of­fer their full avail­abil­ity to as­sist in the prepa­ra­tion and the un­der­tak­ing of the EU Pres­i­dency as needed.

The re­port was co­or­di­nated by Mr Ste­fano Mal­lia, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Em­ploy­ers Group in the Euro­pean Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mit­tee (EESC).

The Prime Minister was ac­com­pa­nied by the Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech, Minister for the Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­ness Chris­tian Car­dona, Minister for Fi­nance Ed­ward Sci­cluna, Minister for Com­pet­i­tive­ness and Dig­i­tal, Mar­itime and Ser­vices Econ­omy Manuel Mal­lia and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for EU funds and 2017 Pres­i­dency Ian Borg.

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