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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