The Maltese culture is adorned with influences which somehow over time managed to constitute the definition of a Mediterranean Country. Be it Arabic influences in our language, the Mediterranean diet or the European influences on the way we think, this small island is a fragment of a mixture of cultures which have shaped our rich history.
Along the timeline of history, Malta has also served a colony of Empires such as the British Empire. This close tie to such a significant European power has laid down a substantial part of European integration and has also put in a lot of influence in the Maltese culture which sometimes surprises tourists with the inevitable presence of the British element in the Maltese lifestyle. The involvement in the Second World War played a crucial role in determining the island's fate as Malta fought alongside freedom and democracy .
After the Second World War, as Malta was regaining its strength and was paving its way towards independence, Malta also underwent economic development through industrialization. Malta started looking for ways to secure its economic development by seeking agreements with countries and also with the European Community (EC) such as the Association Agreement signed in 1970 which later came into action in April 1971.
[...] During the 1970's, amidst the oil crisis throughout Europe and other such economic problems, Malta had managed to establish its own airline (Air Malta) which in addition contributed to further economic prosperity in promotion of the tourism sector. However, the tourism sector did not stand on its own when it came to Malta's source of income. The Textiles and the Agriculture industries contributed to Malta's economy and development as it attracted investments from around the globe. As this essay evolves, I will be assessing the structure and effects of the Association Agreement throughout its years of existence and what protocols had been added along time to adapt to the changes at its time of being. [...]
[...] ‘'The EC's association and preference policy has again and again given rise to criticism by those developing countries who are not favoured as well as by the other industrial states. Sometimes, however, it seems that preferences have been overestimated. It cannot be overlooked that the importance of tariff policy in EC's development policy is diminishing.'' The Hamburg Institute for International Economics. This abstract describes one of the opinions that exist regarding such agreements. One interesting criticism I found out in my research was an observation by Karl Fasbender and Hajo Hasenpflug. [...]
[...] The Agricultural Sector and the CAP Upon taking a closer look at the actual constituents of the Association Agreement, one finds that Agriculture played a rather large role. To start with, I would like to point out that both the primary and the secondary sectors in Malta have been very important in contributing to the economy. In Malta, since the land area is limited the farms are not large and thus there is very limited produce. The market is also limited as such products are of more use when sold domestically. [...]
[...] However, the Agreement was not the only one of its type. During the 1970's there were agreements with third countries such as with Libya where Maltese men would go and work in the construction industry in Libya. Such agreements were seeking to secure Malta's economy both in the short run and also in the long run as there was the need for creation of more employment. When one takes into account the three expectations of the Agreement, it is clear that the Conservative government at the time sought integration with Europe whilst as Mintoff came into power, various protocols were proposed to acquire more economic benefits for Malta. [...]
[...] Kurzweil Marianne, Von Ledebur Oliver and Salamon Petra (2003), Review Of Trade Agreements And Issues, ENARPRI Working Paper No November 2003, Thematic Network on Trade Agreements and European Agriculture, pg [Electronic Version] Mizzi Leonard (an abridged version of Mizzi A Static Partial Equilibrium Analysis of Malta's Entry in the EC: The Case of Agriculture, University of Reading, UK. [Electronic Version]. Pace Roderick (2001), Microstate Security in the Global System: EU-Malta Relations, pg 144, Midsea books Ltd. Borg Joseph and Inguanez John (1993), Malta and the European Community, pg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EC Directorate, Valletta. [Electronic Version] Ibid. pg Mizzi Leonard (an abridged version of Mizzi A Static Partial Equilibrium Analysis of Malta's Entry in the EC: The Case of Agriculture, University of Reading, UK. [...]
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