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EQUALITY FROM THE HEART WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 26 NOVEMBER 2023 • ISSUE 1256 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY A fixture for shoppers seeking savings during their holiday purchases PAGE 4 Valley Road towering tree canopy to get a shaving PAGE 15 Court orders liquidation of defunct hospital's parent company PAGE 13 Black Friday St Philip's Pruning Compromising THE story has become all too common with diners being given an itemised bill by the restaurant, which resembles a fiscal receipt. PAGE 9 maltatoday PAGE 8 SEE ANALYSIS PAGES 2 - 3 Are you being served your fiscal receipt? As Europe goes green we will all pay a hefty price Marine biologist Alan Deidun says environmentalists have no place in the big parties INTERVIEW MT2 A new EU-wide carbon tax on shipping coming into force in January will weigh down on be- leaguered European consumers and Malta is no exception, in- dustry leaders warn. The new tax will make imports and exports significantly more expensive as the EU extends the CO2 emissions trading scheme (ETS) to shipping companies. Malta being an island econo- my dependent on shipping for its trade connections will be particularly impacted, industry leaders speaking to MaltaToday said. The ETS is part of the Fit for 55 package, the EU's plan for a green transition intended to re- duce climate-harming carbon emissions. Workings provided to this newspaper by experts in the field show that a roll-on-roll- off trailer boarding the freight ferry between Genoa and Malta would incur an additional cost of between €90 and €100. Similar workings will impact containers reaching and leaving the Freeport in Marsaxlokk. But other costs in the form of higher or new road tolls across Europe will also have to be tak- en into consideration. The shipping cost for a trail- er boarding the Genoa-Malta cargo route is currently around €3,500 and this will increase by around 3% as a result of the ETS surcharge. But road toll charges in Germany and other EU coun- tries coming into force over the coming months could contrib- ute an additional 3% increase, a leading industry figure who chose to speak anonymously told MaltaToday. Inspections find 249 cases of restaurants, kiosks and cafeterias in breach of VAT rules KURT SANSONE KURT SANSONE As Bernard Grech milks the immigration issue, is he paving the way for the far-right? Consumers will end up picking the tab for higher shipping costs as a result of a new carbon tax coming into force next January €1.95

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