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JORDAN, TWO SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS COMPLETED

The society Desert Technologies, Saudi partners of Enerray, subsidiary of Seci Energia (Maccaferri Industrial Group), has completed the construction and operation of two power plants with renewable sources.

The plants, built in the city of Aqaba, with 40,320 solar panels that can generate 250 watts of energy each with an annual production of 20 million kw annually, have a capacity of 10 MW.

The project is part of the 12 projects managed by the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and supported by a twenty-year agreement for the purchase of electricity, with the National Electrical Power Company (NEPCO), which will ensure the purchase of electricity at a preferential rate of 12 Fils per Kwh, equivalent to 0.17 dollar per kWh.

In addition, the society Desert Technologies is building another photovoltaic system in the Jordanian city Ma’an located 200 km from the capital, the new photovoltaic system will have a capacity of 23 MW, with a total estimated investment of 50 million dollars, will provide clean electricity to 30,000 homes and will provide an important stimulus to the local economy of southern Jordan.

It will include the completion of the construction work at the end of April 2016.

(ITALPRESS).


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GALLETTI "AIMING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEDITERRANEAN"

“The RAMOGE Agreement is an example of the now historic environmental cooperation between states. It is a reference and starting point: we must have the strength and political capacity to extend it to all the countries of the Mediterranean. Because the defense of the our sea, a fragile sea and extraordinary for biodiversity, must see us all united.” So Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti, in Monte Carlo for the fortieth anniversary of the signing RAMOGE, which provides for cooperation and synergy between Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco for the prevention and the fight marine pollution and the protection of ecosystems in areas between Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur, Principality of Monaco and Liguria. Prince Albert of Monaco attended the ceremony.

“We have to look at RAMOGE – Galletti added – for what it represents and how it opens for the future. What happened with the oil spill in Genoa – the minister said – it was another example of the risk which our undergo coasts and our sea; another example of the importance of a control system and intervention able to act with the highest rapid adoption of the best and most up to date technologies, with a fast and effective coordination between units of different countries. And, in this regard, we thank France for having arranged means ready which fortunately are not served”.

The minister also recalled “the great work of the Coast Guard, as a direct expression of the functional and operational Ministry Environment on the marine ecosystem, which participates exercise RAMOGE with vessels and aircraft”. Together the Coast Guard, which is responsible exclusively in the field National coordination and technical management of interventions to the fight against pollution, will participate tomorrow in the annual antipollution international exercise French media and Monaco, for a test of the degree of readiness bench in the event of emergency.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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LEBANON, AGAIN THE INCENTIVES FOR THE IT PROJECTS

The IDAL, the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon, offers again, after three years of suspension, the incentives for projects of Information Technology sector. These incentives provide exemptions for income tax and the taxation of dividends for a period of ten years.

The termination of the grant of incentives was due to an error in the list of eligible activities for the purposes of the benefit, attached to Ministerial Decree which provided them. In April 2016, the Council of Ministers, by the Decree of 3158, approved a new list of IT assets that can benefit from tax incentives gives from IDAL.

The activities for which incentives may be required are: the publication of software and computer programming, provision of infrastructure for the processing of data such as web hosting, streaming services and hosting applications. Also Internet service providers are targeted.

The IDAL grants tax incentives for various sectors: agro-industrial, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, communications and media. In the last 15 years they have benefited from the incentives of IDAL. projects with a total value of over 1.7 billion dollars.

(ITALPRESS).


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SECOND EDITION OF VALLETTA FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHED

The second edition of the Valletta Film Festival (VFF), organized by the Film Grain Foundation, will take place between the 3 and 11 June 2016. Over forty international films will have their Maltese premieres, in various open-air venues around Valletta.

VFF will include more films of various sections, more events and a new sidebar section entitled ‘Teens Only’, showcasing films for teenagers from the ages of 13-18,” Oliver Mallia, one of the directors of the Festival said.

The others section will be Without Borders (focusing on the cinema of Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Iran) and Islanders (celebrating the cinema from and about islands, taking us around the world via the many waters of the earth).

Seven feature films, seven documentaries and 26 short films will be competing for the Triton Awards in Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Actress, Best Documentary and Best Short Film. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 11th June at Fort St Elmo.

VFF will also include Masterclasses on ‘Directing Actors’ and ‘Writing the Short Film’, as well as the Conference of Small Nations, which are supported by the Malta Film Commission.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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MONTENEGRO, 35 MILLION EURO FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

In the framework of the Program for the energy efficiency of public buildings, the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro has provided 35.53 million euro for energy efficiency in buildings belonging to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and social policies. For the first phase of the program, completed in the period January 2012 – December 2015 with the reconstruction of 20 schools and a student home, were destined 13.5 million euro. The second phase of the program at an estimated implementation period is January 2015 – December 2020 provides for the reconstruction of 24 schools, 2 social cooperatives and 4 administrative buildings for an amount that exceeds 22 million euro.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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SLOVENIA, GOVERNMENT APPROVES NATIONAL PROGRAM OF REFORMS

The Slovenian Government approved the 2016-2017 national reform program, which will be sent now to Brussels. In the statement issued by the Executive is highlighted that are retained the crucial objectives of economic policy, that is the consolidation of public finances and fostering economic growth through a gradual reduction of the public debt. The Government aims to improve the business climate through the liberalization of professions and a new package of laws on economic matters; to increase public investment, especially in the field of transport (second Koper-Diva?a rail, second tunnel of the highway section of the Karavanke to the Austrian-Slovenian border and the preparation of plans for a part of the “third development axis” in the north- East of the country); and finally to ensure the sustainability of public finances (with a focus on health and pension reform).

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ISRAEL, PLAN TO REDUCE EMISSIONS OF 26%

The Israeli government approved the National Programme for achieving the target for the issue of greenhouse effect gases and energy efficiency (National Program to Implement Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Targets for Energy Efficiency On April 4) that the objective of reducing emissions by 26% per capita below 2005 levels.

The program includes two credit lines of 800 million total NISH (about 188 million euros) and the number of governance committees institutions to formulate practical proposals for achieving the targets set.

The measures provided ranging from tax incentives to energy efficiency projects and renewable energy projects, the long-term quotas for the production of renewable energy and the promotion of innovative Israeli technologies in these fields, to reduce the use of coal, every action to facilitate the transition to the use of natural gas, the promotion of increased use of public transport and the construction of green buildings or self-sufficient from an energy point of view.

The Minister for the Environment, the national infrastructure, energy and water resources, Uri Gabbay, said that the program is a combination of measures that reduce damage to the environment and increase economic growth and the savings resulting from lower environmental rehabilitation, while promoting greater efficiency of the authority public with general positive economic benefits for NIS 30 billion, or about 7.5 billion euros.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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ITALY "HUNTS" ALBANIAN TOURISTS

“Italy ‘hunts’ Albanian tourists”. This is the title of the article published April 14, 2016, in the local business magazine Monitor. Italy traces the identikit of the Albanian potential tourists interested in visiting the country, it is cited of the portal. The article reports the Report 2016 ENIT/broadcasted on RAI in Albania.

In Albania there are no official data on the destinations of outgoing tourism. The favorite destinations are Turkey, Spain, Italy and Greece. From visa liberalization (December 2010), Italy seems to be recovering share on Turkey, which has long had abolished visas for Albanians. From research conducted at some agencies that offer trips to Italy (and after visa liberalization), it is a growing interest in Italy and organized trips. Also a growing interest towards our country by Kosovars and Macedonians living in Albania. Soaring is the demand from young people and couples without children. Italy is a country of great attraction for the Albanian tourist.

To increase this tendency it might aim for deals in periods of seasonal adjustment. Attraction strategic policy could offer all inclusive packages for cultural visits (for example exhibitions of international importance). Create an “Italian Tourism System” that in addition to at least foresee the presence of an antenna ENIT in Albania involves all Italians institutions already present: Embassy, IIC, Chamber of Commerce, ICE. With foresight, it might choose Tirana as a starting point for tourism initiatives towards our country also religious in nature, highlights the Report 2016 ENIT/MAECI.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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MALTA: 1,320 POSITIVE DECISIONS ON ASYLUM APPLICATIONS IN 2015

According to Eurostat 785 Libyan migrants were granted protection status in Malta in 2015, making up a total of 59.3% of the total number of people granted this status last year. 280 Syrians (21.3%) and 60 Eritreans (4.5%) migrants were also granted asylum. Totally  there were  1,320 positive decisions on asylum applications in 2015 in Malta (290 refugee status, 955 subsidiary protection and 75 sheltered for humanitarian reasons). In 2015 the 28 member states of the EU granted asylum to 338,900 asylum seekers, which shows an increase of 75% since 2014 with 51% being from Syria. In second and third place there are Eritrea and Iraq amounting to 8% and 7% respectively.More than 60% of all Syrians, around 104,000 people, who were granted protection were recorded in Germany. Out of 27,600 Eritreans 9,500 were recorded in Germany, 6,600 in Sweden and 4,900 in the Netherlands. Out of 23,800 Iraqis, 15,500 were granted protection status in Germany and 2,800 in France.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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TUNISIA, IMF CUTS ECONOMIC GROWTH FORECAST

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its growth forecast for Tunisia, for 2016, 2% against a forecast of 3%. In 2017, this rate could reach 3%, provides for the international monetary institution.

In its report on the world economic outlook, published April 12 in Washington, in the United States, the International Monetary Fund, it predicted an improvement in the inflation rate in Tunisia, from 4.9% in 2015 to 4% in 2016 and 3.9% in 2017.

As for the current account deficit, the report predicts a 7.7% rate this year and 3.5% in 2017, a decrease of 0.2 and 0.1 points compared to the estimates of the month of January 2015.

According to the report published twice a year the global economic recovery continues, but with a slow and fragile pace although, despite lower than expected, these are on the rise compared to 2015.

The international monetary institution forecasts were announced two days before the work of the Spring Meeting (spring meeting) of the IMF and World Bank. Tunisia is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund for a new credit line of four years, amounting to about 2.8 billion dollars.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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