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CULTURE

€80,000 invested ‘for the promotion of cultural heritage in the south of Malta’

The Malta Independent and L-Orizzont report on a new project funded by EU funds which will promote the historical and cultural heritage of Zurrieq through a digital application. The signing of the agreement was presided over by Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi who stated that this is one of eleven projects which form part of the third measure of the LEADER project, administered by the Gal Xlokk Foundation. These projects are being carried out through the investment of €80,000 of EU funds and provide beneficiaries with the opportunity to come up with new ideas to promote and share information related to cultural heritage, while setting up ‘Heritage Trails’ to link different attractions and sites of touristic importance in the south of Malta.

L-Orizzont: "€80,000 ghal aktar innovazzjoni fil-promozzjoni tal-wirt kulturali fil-lokalitajiet tan-naha t’isfel ..."  page: 14 date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Malta-Independent: "€80,000 invested ‘for the promotion of cultural heritage in the ..."  page: 5 date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

Malta's A+ credit rating confirmed by Creditreform Rating

TVM reported last Saturday that Malta has had its A+ sovereign credit rating confirmed by German agency Creditreform Rating, which said the country’s outlook remained stable. The credit rating agency said Malta’s low levels of public debt meant it was well-placed to recover economically from the Covid-19 pandemic and said that while there was room for improvement in Malta’s institutional framework, the government seems committed to deliver on rule of law and anti-money laundering reforms. Creditreform noted that the pandemic had caused widespread damage to the local economy, with GDP falling by 11.6 per cent between March and May when compared to the previous quarter. Malta’s high reliance on tourism makes it vulnerable, the agency found. The agency also noted that there were signs of economic diversification, with Malta’s gaming sector proving resilient throughout the pandemic.

TVM-Malta: "Malta's A+ credit rating confirmed by Creditreform Rating / Creditreform ..."  info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-11-21 05:42:00, 00:02:05, by Adrian Spiteri date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:42:00 AM CET

 

HEALTH

Big possibility that the EU approves two vaccines against Covid-19 in December

L-Orizzont last Saturday reported that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that there was a big possibility that the European Union would approve two vaccines against Covid-19 being developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech this December. Von der Leyen said that European Medicines Agency (EMA) was in constant discussion with the American medical agency FDA on a synchronised evaluation of these vaccines.

L-Orizzont: Big possibility that the EU approves two vaccines against Covid-19 in December / Big possibility that the EU approves two vaccines against Covid-19 in December page: 20 date: Saturday, November 21, 2020

 

INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

EU chief sees ‘progress’ on Brexit talks but more work is needed

President von der Leyen said on Friday that there had been better progress in recent talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, but more work is needed, Times of Malta and In-Nazzjon reported on Saturday. Von der Leyen said that there was more movement on important files following weeks of very slow progress. The main issues being discussed are governance, fisheries and the level playing field. Talks were to resume this week in London and according to EU diplomats there would be no swift end to the negotiations unless British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to compromise. The Malta Independent last Saturday also carried an Associated Press article on the assessment issued by the European Union last week on the state of post-Brexit trade negotiations. This was one of the most positive assessments given on the talks which this week face an ever-tighter deadline for a deal to enter into force for the start of the new year. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman, Jamie Davies, confirmed that negotiations will continue this week but would not say whether the U.K. side shared von der Leyen’s upbeat assessment. Meanwhile, France and Belgium have requested an EU Summit to speed up preparations for a no-deal scenario on 1 January when the sudden change of the end of a transition period without a trade deal could cause immediate disruptions in commerce and chaos at borders.

In-Nazzjon: "Brexit: Fadal l-intoppi ghall-ftehim kummercjali..."  page: 11 date: Saturday, November 21, 2020

Malta-Independent: "EU gives upbeat assessment of state of Brexit trade talks ..."  page: 20 info: by Associated Press date: Saturday, November 21, 2020

Malta-Times: EU chief sees ‘progress’ on Brexit talks but more work is needed / EU chief sees ‘progress’ on Brexit talks but more work is needed page: 8 date: Saturday, November 21, 2020

 

 

RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

Science in the City launches its first ever virtual programme with over 30 live activities

The Malta Independent on Sunday yesterday reported on the virtual Science in the City 2020 festival programme taking place next weekend in Malta. The festival weekend has been split into a Live Virtual Channel, full of exclusive performances and shows, and an Explore the Arches area, where even more interactive content will be accessible all weekend. Science in the City is part of the European Researchers’ Night and has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Malta-Independent: "Science in the City launches its first ever virtual programme ..."  page: 21 date: Sunday, November 22, 2020