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Postby gozomark » Tue 21 May 2013 19:03 GMT

Cuauhtli wrote:My argument is simply that any discrimination, however small, which affects business and puts foreign businessmen at a disadvantage is surely not only immoral but also illegal according to EU law.


as I mentioned, not necessarily illegal
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Postby Kraut ;-) » Fri 31 May 2013 12:18 GMT

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Red wrote:
ps Its perfectly legal under EU law to discriminate based on residency (as long as the benefits justify the costs) - thats how differential rates for Gozitan residents on the ferry are permitted - therefore I don't expect the two tier pricing on utilities to vanish.


in addition enemalta is heavily loss making.


p.s.: but labour promised to lower electricity rates. :lol:
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Postby Kraut ;-) » Fri 31 May 2013 12:22 GMT

Cuauhtli wrote:Didn't know there are different rates for the ferry but off the top of my head, can't think of any reason for a reduced rate.


makes a difference if you commute every day from a very remote area like Gozo to Malta than taking the ferry from Malta to Gozo to see your holiday home.
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Postby Cuauhtli » Fri 31 May 2013 12:52 GMT

Wouldn't that be the same though wherever you choose to live? If you chose to live in a remote area in the Scottish Highlands hours away from work and public services you couldn't expect to get cheaper petrol or train fares.

I can understand the ferry being subsidised (for all passengers) if it would not otherwise be a viable business.
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Postby PeaCakes » Wed 14 Aug 2013 18:51 GMT

john07900 wrote:Good post Mark


I'll second that indeed.
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Postby InMalta » Sun 8 Sep 2013 10:41 GMT

These comments from the Prime Minister suggest the days of two-tier pricing for utility bills and bus fares are numbered:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/vi ... /pm.485274
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Postby gozomark » Sun 8 Sep 2013 10:53 GMT

good news, although the PM appears to not understand the meaning of the word discriminatory "Other issues were also being discussed, including the different tariff structure between Maltese and foreigners, which he considered as discriminatory." There is no question they are discrimatory - what he means is that he considers them unfair
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Postby gozomark » Sun 8 Sep 2013 10:57 GMT

it also mixes up the issue - its residents v non-residents, not locals v foreigners
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Postby Chui » Sun 8 Sep 2013 18:34 GMT

Has the court case happened and if so what was the outcome?

We will possibly be moving to Malta soon, with my partner being employed by a Maltese company. I expect we will be renting.
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Postby gozomark » Sun 8 Sep 2013 18:50 GMT

no court case yet, but looks like is going to be resolved anyway
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Postby Chui » Sun 8 Sep 2013 19:53 GMT

Thanks for that. Are there indications as to which way it will be resolved? :)
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Postby gozomark » Sun 8 Sep 2013 20:07 GMT

Indication from the prime minster that dual pricing will be eliminated
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Postby Chui » Sun 8 Sep 2013 21:16 GMT

Thanks!
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Postby rahdo » Sun 20 Oct 2013 17:20 GMT

Hi all

I've just had a look at the electricity bill from my former rented house. The number of residents is 0 and the consumer scheme is 'domestic'

From reading this post I now have enough info to know we were being charged the higher rate even though we were residents and had the ID card.

Does anyone know if it's possible to get last year's electrical bills re-assessed with a resident rate?

The bills were in my landlord's name.

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Postby gozomark » Sun 20 Oct 2013 17:21 GMT

Sadly no
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