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Media freedom is in bad shape across the globe, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders and released end April. And outright authoritarian regimes are not the only bad performers — it’s in Europe that “the regional indicator has worsened most this year,” the report found. The five biggest drops in media freedom rankings occurred in European countries: Continue reading


Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or sanction. The term “freedom of expression” is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. It is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of express Continue reading


Malta Business Review’s editorial opinions are decided by its Editor, and besides reflecting the Editor’s opinion, are written to represent a fair and impartial representation of facts, events and provide a correct analysis of local and international news. Agents for: Martin Vella Editor-in-Chief It seems that 2017 has flown past by so fast,
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Cross-border establishment -A step closer to a true internal market?

There are close to 21 million SMEs in the EU, 5.2 million of which are single-member private limited liability companies. Thus, there can be no doubt that SMEs have an essential role to play in strengthening the EU economy. Despite this, SMEs still face a number of obstacles when attempting to establish cross-border operation – these difficulties indeed hamper SMEs’  full development within the internal market.

Despite the attempts by the EU to consolidate the internal market, only a small number of SMEs invest abroad. A main hindrance are the divergent and complex national   corporate rules, particularly with regard the national company laws. Continue reading



Combined Maritime Services, a Maltese maritime consultancy firm

The only constant feature in the maritime industry is change and it is safe to state that this phenomenon is prevalent in all shipping sectors.  In the case of liner shipping (container services), this sector is in a continuous state of flux with the major carriers constantly adjusting and adapting their strategies not only in reaction to demand and supply but also in anticipation of future trends.  Continue reading