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5 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 19 SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWS INTERCONNECT MALTA If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, kindly visit our website CVs are to be sent to Are you willing to contribute to two major national projects for increasing the island's energy interconnectivity? Are you interested in EU energy policy and regulation? Interconnect Malta (formerly Melita TransGas) is a public company entrusted with the implementation of the 2nd Cable Interconnector and the Melita TransGas hydrogen ready Pipeline. Senior Executive (EU Affairs) Permit no. 595/2021 Closing date: 12 th October 2021 WE ARE BUILDING OUR NEW TEAM! holds on average stood 0.1% above the official RPI, but in- creased to 0.7% during the pan- demic. The increase was mainly due to the sharp reduction in edu- cation tuition fees during the COVID-19 pandemic, since low-income households tend to make more use of state-funded education rather than private tuition. But minimum wage still maintained its 2010 "real val- ue" in 2020, largely thanks to the 2017 agreement between government and social part- ners for an additional supple- ment of €1 per week for per- sons on minimum wage. "In the absence of this supplement, the actual minimum wage in 2020 would have dropped below the LIH-indexed wage," the report said. Also, minimum pensions have enjoyed other increments apart from the COLA that in- creased their value, such as the Cost-of-Living-Bonus (CLBO) of 2008 and equivalent to one- third COLA; and other incre- ments introduced from 2016 onwards. This raised the real value of pensions beyond the COLA mechanism, thanks to additional allowances. How low-income earners compare with general population in how they spend their income Bottom All income quartile* Food 31% 23% Beverages and tobacco 5% 4% Clothes and footwear 6% 7% Housing 9% 8% Energy 5% 3% Appliances/household goods 6% 7% Health 11% 9% Transport/communication 14% 22% Recreation 5% 10% *Households earning less than €12,491 Several NGOs joined Extinction Rebellion in Valletta on Saturday to raise awareness on the climate change emergency. A damning UN report released earlier this summer warned the world is on the brink of a climate catastrophe unless immediate action is taken to curb greenhouse gases. Climate emergency

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