Purchasing power in Malta nearly reaches EU average

Fifteen years after EU accession, Malta has nearly bridged the gap in terms of people’s purchasing power when compared to the European average, according to a study published by the European Commission. In 2019, Malta’s GDP per capita index (PPS) reached 96 per cent of the EU average, which represents an increase of 10 per centage points when compared to 2016. The PPS index is similar to a common currency which factors the difference in price levels across member states, in order to be able to make a comparison on respective purchasing power levels.

Malta tops EU growth forecast

Malta's economy is expected to grow fastest among EU countries this year and next year, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

The economy is projected to grow by 5.3 per cent compared to a 1.2 per cent average in the euro area. Hungary and Poland come immediately after Malta with a growth forecast of 4.4%. 

Malta's growth next year is projected to be 4.8%, a full percentage point ahead of the next placed countries. 

Malta Stock Exchange boss Joseph Portelli says the future is bright

Modernise, internationalise and institutionalise is the mantra of Malta Stock Exchange – precisely what its executive chairman Joseph Portelli is determined to achieve.

There is an air of excitement and innovation about the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE), as it works to shake off the image of a dull, boring exchange, focused solely on servicing its local market.

Malta: A post-Brexit Solution for the Financial Services world

The financial services industry has been one of the main driving forces behind Malta’s economic success over the past 15 years and it is without a doubt that Malta’s European Union membership has been a major role player within this success story. Malta’s full EU membership ensures that the island is adequately equipped to provide a one-stop-shop service to any reputable entity and/or person who wishes to establish presence in Malta and/or passport in/out of the island (as the case may be). 

Malta in the era of liquid modernity: ‘We can’t retreat into nostalgic denial’

Central Bank governor Mario Vella has warned that Malta’s domestic labour gap can only be addressed by increasing female participation in the workforce, or else face increased reliance on automated workers and Artificial Intelligence.

In a speech that captured Vella’s introspective assessment of the far-reaching changes taking place in Malta, the CBM governor said Malta’s rising population and foreign worker influx was clearly leaving its effect.

The flight secret behind Malta's UN climate change initiative

Malta’s 30-year-old climate change initiative would never have gone ahead, according to its author, had he not been sat next to its main opponent on an eight-hour flight. 

“I had been trying to sit next to this man for six months but he would have nothing to do with me... when I found out he was in the airport VIP lounge, I made sure to get bumped up and then there was no escaping me,” David Attard told a University seminar yesterday.

36 Hours in Malta

Malta contains multitudes. Despite being the smallest member of the European Union, the Mediterranean archipelago below Sicily bears traces of numerous peoples and conquerors: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Spanish, French and, most notably, the European crusader knights known as the Order of Malta. Preachers (St.Paul), painters (Caravaggio) and politicians (Napoleon) have washed up on the rocky sun-roasted shores and left marks too. The Maltese language is close to Arabic (though English is the second official tongue).

Malta, Where the West Was Born

MALTA’S CENTER UNTIL the 16th century, the golden-walled city of Mdina, sits on a hill with a view over its thick ramparts and across scrubby plains to Valletta, the current capital, and the glittering sea.