Fabian Demicoli

Imposition of Eco Tax

MCESD has accepted the motion of GRTU: Malta Chamber of SME’s for MCESD to request the Hon. George Pullicino, Minister responsible for the Eco Contribution Act to attend a specially convened MCESD meeting to inform the Social Partners of his plans for the implementation of Eco Taxation

MCESD has accepted the motion of GRTU: Malta Chamber of SME’s for MCESD to request the Hon. George Pullicino, Minister responsible for the Eco Contribution Act to attend a specially convened MCESD meeting to inform the Social Partners of his plans for the implementation of Eco Taxation.

GRTU contends that while it is desirable that products that negatively effect the environment should either be eliminated or recovered and recycled, the system that the Ministry responsible is adopting is bureaucratically designed and imposed. No consultation whatsoever was structured with the Social Partners and as a result, trade and industry are being hit hard and without sufficient time to plan ahead and bring forth the necessary changes to sustain their viability.

GRTU believes that through effective consultation an agreed strategy could be implemented without damaging further the profitability and viability of many Maltese small businesses. GRTU cannot accept that a government that is committed to sustain SME’s imposes without consultations such measures. Rather than adopting an enterprise–driven strategy the government behaves purely on a regulation-driven mentality verging on arrogance.

GRTU Executive Council also wrote to Minister George Pullicino asking for the commencement of social dialoguing on the whole process of eco-taxation with GRTU as the main social partner in trading, wholesaling and retailing.

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