Platinum Cabs

Platinum Cabs does not aim to provide a service which is equal or greater to the service already offered by cab and taxi companies in Malta. We exceed the standard in the trade and set the ultimate benchmark.

We believe in a personal service and cater to our clients specific needs.

With a network of vehicles around Malta, our response time usually ranges from 10 to 20 minutes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Trusted by a vast range of clients (from world-renowned artists, large corporations, 5-star hotels and embassies to tourists and locals) so you will surely not be disappointed you chosePlatinum Cabs Malta.

Unfortunately, service excellence is a term unheard of with most companies. We implement this term on every trip from start to finish and prefer to call it a platinum experience.

Your cab will always be on time. With extensive knowledge of every nook and cranny in theMaltese Islands, we can get you there safely, quickly and in style. With an array of premium features, we make every trip a lasting experience.

Free WiFi on board ensures that you may utilise your travel time for that important email you should have sent back at the hotel!

Also providing world class tours around the islands tailor made to your interests. We can visit the most beautiful places in Malta and Gozo at a fraction of the time it would take on public transport. With amazing views from our panoramic roofs and a small selection of hand picked restaurants to have a real taste of Malta while on tour, we make this a lasting experience.

Platinum Cabsdoes not aim to provide a service which is equal or greater to the service already offered bycab and taxi companies in Malta. We exceed the standard in the trade and set the ultimate benchmark.

Unfortunately, service excellence is a term unheard of with most companies. We implement this term on every trip from start to finish and prefer to call it a platinum experience.

Your cab will always be on time. With extensive knowledge of every nook and cranny in the Maltese Islands, we can get you there safely, quickly and in style. With an array of premium features, we make every trip a lasting experience which you will share with everybody!

Contact us nowto book your next ride with Platinum Cabs.

From Airport to St Julians and surrounding areas

From Airport to Cirkewwa/Gozo Ferry

From Airport to Bugibba/Qawra/St Pauls Bay Areas

St Julians/Sliema to Marsaxlokk/Marsascala/Birzebbugia

is charged at 5 euros per 15 minutes. (approximately 33 cents per minute.)

Grace Period of 30 minutes applies after the flight has landed. (according to the Official landing time provided by Malta International Airport website).

Once the 30 minutes are exceeded, waiting time is charged for the entire period of time. For regular journeys, 10 mins grace is entitled and waiting time is charged for the entire period of time when the grace period expires. Our exemplary service and high success rate for being on time also depend on our clients. We strive to be on time or early and must coordinate any delays accordingly. Kindly be advised that Turkish Airlines and Emirates flights entering the airport are known to take the longest for baggage and visa processing so we recommend to book your arrival for 1 hour after it has landed (thus saving on waiting time costs) Our usual meeting place is in front of the Vodafone outlet in the arrivals lounge or a driver will have your name on a card.

Kindly advise us if you require this service.

Due to the high influx of bookings in the summer season, we recommend that you book in advance as on some days working at full capacity may incur long waiting times and/or no availability.

Renting an executive car and Chauffeur on a per hour basis is 30 euro per hour. (for tours, the price also includes any waiting time and fuel. Complimentary chilled mineral refreshments are also served)

Document express delivery and high-value items delivery is available at an extra charge.

We guarantee VIP and celebrity bookings are dealt with the strictest confidence.

For more information and rates kindly contact us.

We provide chauffeur driven transport from any location in Malta & Gozo 24 hours a day all year around

We provide direct airport transfers to and from all locations in Malta & Gozo

Tours of Malta & Gozo different packages starting from €75

We have also a car rental service to drive your way through Malta & Gozo

Visitare Malta e Gozo a bordo di unauto Vostra fa molto piacere! Servizio eccellente, sempre disponibili e attenti alle richieste da me espresse. Andr molto bravo , capace e mostra seriet e professionalit come una persona che proviene da anni di esperienza. Se avete necessit di questo servizio lo consiglio vivamente!

I choose Platinum Cabs over every other taxi service as it is more than a taxi ride. Its a friendly, safe and comfortable journey from start to finish. Safe service with a smile.

My wife and i chose platinum cabs for our wedding day, and we were both very impressed. The choice of cars, the excellent timing and the pleasant conversations we had with Andre, Patrick and Carol helped make our wedding day a grand success. Platinum cabs are very flexible, efficient and we will highly recommend them to our friends and contacts.

I have been using the services of Platinum Cabs since April. I am a very frequent user so my testimonial is based on multiple trips per month. They came highly recommended by another client on the popular page Are you being served?. I do not regret taking on the recommendation. They are punctual, courteous, polite, the cars are spotless and the fares are very competitive. Above all, you know that with them you are not just another client. I always feel very safe with them and always look forward to a trip with them. They have become friends.

I worked on night shifts frequently and whenever i called to arrange the pick up, they always came precisely, right on time. Car is very comfortable, Driver is very polite and very friendly, Price is also reasonable so yeah all in all the service excellent.

Malta is an internationally renowned tourist destination, with an overwhelming amount of places of interest for any age group. Fancy beaches, sun, historical places, megalithic temples, nightlife, restaurants or modern towns, Malta has it all!

We can take you on a fully guided or part guided tour of any destination/s in the Maltese Islands.

Kindly submit your email request so that we can tailor your tour to your specific needs and quote our fantastic prices. You will not be sorry that you chose Platinum Cabs to show you round the most beautiful places in Malta.

You can choose between a half day tour which takes 4 hours or a full day tour which takes 8 hours and opt for lunch at one of our recommended restaurants, depending on your taste!

The main places to visit on the island are:

Popeye Village, Valletta, The 3 Cities, Marsaxlokk fishing village, Tarxien Temples (booking required approximately 2 months before), Hagar Qim & Imnajdra Neolithic Temples, Dingli Cliffs, Mdina, Crafts Village and other special places which are not mainstream touristic places!

The Citadel (fortified city), Mgarr Harbour, Azure Window and Fungus Rock, Ta Pinu Shrine/Church, Calypso Caves, Xlendi and Marsalforn. (trips to Gozo will carry an extra 25 Euro fee for approx 4 persons in order to catch the ferry)

Wed really love tohear from youso why not give us a call or drop us an email andwell get backto you as soon as we can.

PLATINUM CABS VAT Reg MT2238-4210 Phone +356 7900 0005

Property

Are you looking for the right property at the right price? NOW is the time to buy! Take advantage of the excellent market prices. Speak to us today for a preview of our exclusive list of below market value properties. Right Time, Right Property, Right Price!Welcome To Propertyline International

Investing in property overseas is one of the most rewarding investments performed in a lifetime It is a tangible investment which enables the investor to see a capital growth, to savour the fruits acquired from rental yields thus financing a mortgage, as well as to get the feel of the investment by spending some time in the newly acquired property whether it is skiing, golfing or unwinding by the beach. However, prior to embarking on such an exciting journey, it is important to perform individual research and to seek all the professional advice available at hand in order to feel comfortable with your investment.

We, at Propertyline International, are willing to offer our advice and all the support required to take you to the next step. Our team of experienced consultants presently handles requests for different types of property in various regions of Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Italy, Malta & Gozo, Morocco, Portugal and Turkey with a selection of different budgets and varying types of investments. Our advice will assist you in finding the right property to suit your lifestyle and will help you make a wise investment tailor made to fit your requirements independent of whether you are a pure investor; whether you are looking for that Second Home or Retirement Home; or whether you are investing in a Buy to Let Home.

Malta Immigration

Malta Citizenship by Investment Program

Our team of professionals helps qualified individuals obtain EU Citizenship via theMalta Individual Investor Program!

Introduced at the beginning of 2014, theMalta Individual Investor Programme (IIP)offers high and ultra-high net worth individuals and families worldwide citizenship in a highly respected EU Member Country. Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004, enjoys a stable political climate, bi-partisan political scene, growing economy, and has some of the soundest banks in the world. The Malta IIP is the first investment citizenship program of its kind to be recognized by the European Commission, and the executive body of the European Union has formally acknowledged the legality of the program paving the way for its success. The Malta citizenship by investment application process is extremely efficient, and the government of Malta is committed to the highest standard of due diligence and vetting of investor applicants ensuring only persons of impeccable standing and repute will be admitted.

Successful candidates will be granted citizenship in Malta by a Certificate of Naturalization, which can also be extended to include their families. Once a candidate is awarded Malta citizenship, which includesEU citizenship, they have the right of establishment in all 28 EU countries and Switzerland. They also have the ability to set up business in Malta, and can get a Malta passport enabling them to enjoy visa-free travel to more than 160 countries across the world including the United States.

UPDATE:As of 2018, the Individual Investor Program has received more than 1000 Malta passport applications on behalf of investors from more than 40 different countries. As of this date, theIIP Malta is still accepting new applications.

An amendment passed in 2013 to Chapter 188 of the Maltese Citizenship Act, as well as the enactment of Legal Notice LN47 in 2014, legally grant eligible personsEU citizenship by investmentvia the Malta Individual Investor Program. To be considered eligible for the Malta citizenship scheme, the main applicant must be at least 18 years of age and must meet all the Malta immigration requirements outlined below.

The Malta citizenship by investment program has some of the strictest due diligence standards of any immigrant investor program in the world to ensure only deserving and reputable applicants are granted Maltese citizenship. As part of the Malta Individual Investor Programme, there is a four-tier due diligence process carried out directly by the government to assess candidates comprehensively.Applicants must have a clean criminal record, and the Malta government conducts extensive criminal checks with INTERPOL, the International Criminal Court, and various other sources and authorities. As part of the due diligence process, applicants must also provide a police certificate before they will be approved for European citizenship.

To be admitted into the citizenship by investment program Malta, applicants must show that they do not suffer from any contagious diseases. All applicants must also be covered by an international health insurance policy.

All individuals and families applying to the Malta Individual Investor Program must make a significant non-refundable contribution to the National Development and Social Fund set up by the Government of Malta and run by a board of trustees. The fund, which is on the same level as the central bank, finances projects in the country linked to public health, education, job creation, social improvement, and innovation. The following contributions must be made within four months of being issued a Malta IIP Letter of Approval in Principle:Main applicant – €650,000Spouse – €25,000Minor children – €25,000 each

Children 18-26 (unmarried) – €50,000 eachDependent parents & grandparents – €50,000 eachAdult children (physically or mentally challenged) – €50,000 each

Applicants must commit to retaining an immovable residence in Malta for a minimum time period offive years. This can be done by either buying a property in Malta for at least €350,000 and maintaining ownership for 5+ years, or by leasing a property for five years or more with a minimum annual rent of €16,000. Applicants must provide evidence of owning or leasing a property on the islands within four months of receiving a citizenship Malta Letter of Approval in Principle.

Before a person can be admitted for Maltese citizenship by investment, applicants are required to invest at least €150,000 in government approved financial instruments (bonds, stocks, and debentures that benefit the nation) and must commit to keeping the investment for at least five years.

Upon purchasing real estate or entering a property lease in Malta, investor citizenship candidates are issued a Malta identity document called an eResidence card. This signifies the commencement of their residency in Malta and also demonstrates the candidatesgenuine linkwith the country. 12 months after an applicant has established residency in Malta, applicants who have maintained residence in the country will be granted citizenship. You do not need to spend all 365 days in Malta before citizenship is granted, Maltese law defines residence as an intention to reside in Malta for any fiscal year, usually evidenced by a stay of a minimum of 183 days or by the purchase/rental of property together with a visit to Malta. Consequently, upon purchasing or leasing an apartment or villa in the Mediterranean island nation and procuring a Malta residence card, applicants are not required to spend any time in Europe. Candidates who have been a resident of the country for at least one year prior to I.I.P. approval already satisfy this residency requirement and can subsequently become a citizen of Malta much faster.

Malta Residency: Potential candidates who are not already resident in the country are strongly advised to begin the Malta residency process immediately since the Individual Investor Programme has a 12-month residency requirement. To be granted citizenship in Malta as fast as possible, it is very important that the clock is ticking on an applicants residency requirement while they progress through the Malta citizenship application process. Upon initiation of a nominees residency in Malta, a small deposit of €5,000 for the primary applicant and €1,000 for each family member is due on account of the National Development and Social Fund contribution.

Day 1: A Malta Individual Investor Program application is formally submitted to Identity Malta by an Accredited Person. The application will contain imperative supporting documents, and evidence of source of funds must also be presented at this stage. The following fees are now due:Due Diligence FeesPrincipal applicant – €7,500Spouse – €5,000Minor dependents (aged 0-12) – no feeMinor dependents (aged 13-17) – €3,000 eachAdult dependents – €5,000 eachMalta Passport FeesAll candidates – €500 eachBank ChargesPer application – €200A total deposit of €10,000 is now due towards the monetary contribution. Any deposit made when applying for Maltese residency counts towards this amount.

Day 5: Identity Malta will notify the concessionaire or Accredited Person within five business days of submission to confirm whether clients application has been accepted for review or requires additional paperwork.

Day 90: Confirmation from Identity Malta that the application and supporting documentation are formally in order. The candidate is subject to a further 30 days of additional verification by the Government of Maltas regulatory body.

Day 120: Applicant is approved in principle. This signifies official Malta IIP approval conditional only on the candidate fulfilling all their remaining obligations under the Maltese nationality program for investors.

Day 125: Identity Malta sends the applicant a formal request for payment of remaining balance of National Development and Social Fund contribution. The candidate has 20 days to pay the full amount.

Day 145: Maltese IIP financial contribution deadline. The entire National Development and Social Fund contribution must be made by this time.

Day 240: Final citizenship by investment Malta compliance. Applicant must provide evidence of €150,000 bonds investment as well as a Malta real estate purchase or rental.

Issuance of Naturalisation Certificate: Once an applicant has fulfilled all their obligations under the Malta Individual Investor Program and taken an Oath of Allegiance, they will be issued a Certificate of Naturalisation and given a Malta Passport.

If you are interested in learning more about the Malta citizenship by investment program, please contact our team for a confidential consultation.

Obtaining European citizenship by investment through the Malta investor programdoes not have any tax consequences! Even if an individual moves their primary residence to Malta, they can retain the status of a non-domiciled person and therefore have an extremely advantageous tax exposure. Candidates that become a resident of Malta but are not domiciled in the country are only required to pay tax on any income they earn or receive in the country. Malta has no municipal taxes, no estate duty, no death or inheritance taxes, and no wealth or net worth taxes. Malta also has double taxation treaties with approximately 60 countries around the world. The corporate tax rate in Malta is 35%, but special tax concessions apply to non-resident or non-domiciled company owners.

Individuals that obtain asecond citizenship by investmentare not required by Maltese law to renounce their existing citizenship. Malta has no restrictions on holding dual nationality, in fact, the nations Citizenship Act specifically provides that Malta dual citizenship is permitted, but your current country of citizenship may have restrictions that prohibit you from possessing a Malta second passport.

Any child born to a parent who is a Maltese citizen will also be a citizen of Malta. This means children born to men or women who obtained Maltese nationality via the Individual Investor Program will be full European citizens even if their place of birth is not in Europe. Consequently, if your family participates in the Malta investor program then when your children grow up and have families of their ownyour grandchildren will also have EU passports. Participating in the Maltese citizenship program will gift future generations of your family with increased political and economic freedom, as well as significantly increased educational opportunities in the West. Many investors cite family legacy and providing a better life for children and grandchildren as senior influences in their decision to sponsor their family for second citizenship in Malta.

Malta citizenship through investment is granted by a Certificate of Naturalisation, and once you obtain EU citizenship via the Malta Individual Investor Program you will have it forever and can even pass it on to future generations.

If you have not already procured Maltese residency, the minimum amount of time needed to gain Europe citizenship by investment is 12 months. If you have already met the Malta residency requirement of the Individual Investor Program, you can secure citizenship in Malta in as little assix months.

Since 2008, the Maltese Passport Office has issued biometric passports according to EU and international standards. To obtain citizenship and a European passport through the Individual Investor Program Malta, candidates must give the country their biometric information such as fingerprints. This involves visiting one of the countrys international embassies in person, or traveling to the country and going to the Maltese Passport Office located in the Evans Building on Merchant Street in downtown Valletta.

Now is a great time to participate in the Malta citizenship by investment program if you are holding a significant amount of U.S. dollar-denominated assets. When the Malta economic citizenship program was first announced in early 2014, the euro was significantly stronger than the American dollar. At this time, the EUR 650,000 minimum contribution amount was close to USD $900,000. As of 2018, however, the American dollar has strengthened compared to the euro and the required donation of EUR 650,000 is presently closer to USD $800,000. Consequently, the Malta second citizenship program is currently more affordable for investors holding much of their wealth in assets that are denominated in U.S. dollars.

No. The Maltese Individual Investor Program has not been canceled and is still accepting new applications from reputable investors across the world. If Maltese economic citizenship interests you, we encourage you to act quickly since the opportunity will not be around forever.

Malta citizenship by investment program applicants have two options on how to meet the programs residency requirement. The first option is to purchase an apartment on the islands for a minimum price of €350,000. The second option is to rent or lease an apartment on the island for a minimum annual rent of €16,000. There are pros and cons to both choices.

By far the biggest benefit to buying a property in Malta is thatthe investment is not a sunk cost and can be recoveredafter the five-year commitment has been met. The Maltese economy is growing by more than 3% per year, and the tiny size of the islands means that land is in very limited supply. With an extremely healthy banking system and strong immigration numbers, it is very likely that applicants who purchase real estate to meet the Malta IIPs residency requirement will turn a profit on the home when they finally go to sell 5+ years later. The biggest downside to making a Malta real estate purchase is that it increases the total investment required to participate in the program. Depending on your current business situation, the opportunity cost of this money could negate any appreciation of the propertys value. It can also be difficult to get a mortgage on a property in Malta as a foreign buyer, so the purchase may have to be made with cash or financed in your home country.

The top reason to satisfy the Malta citizenship by investment programmes residency requirement by leasing a property on the islands instead of buying one is that itrequires a lot less money. The minimum monthly rent required for the Malta citizenship scheme is only €1333, and even if you paid for all five years upfront the total commitment would only be €80,000 which is a fraction of the amount required to purchase real estate. Renting an apartment in Malta is also quick and easy; there is much less paperwork involved compared to buying a residence, and you do not need to be as meticulous when selecting a home since you will not own it (many investors lease an apartment sight unseen). The biggest downside to renting a house instead of buying one is that all the money you spend on rent is a sunk cost, and you will not be able to recover any of these funds. Paying rent is an expense, but purchasing a property in a strong real estate market such as Malta is an investment. This being said, the reason you are paying this rent is to obtain an EU passport so in the end even though it is a sunk cost that cannot be recovered it is still an excellent investment.

There are no citizenship tests included in the Malta investment program, and applicants are not required to know Maltese or even English to be accepted into the financial citizenship program.Dr. Anton Tabone has experience assisting non-English speaking clients with Maltese immigration matters.

People who acquire Maltese citizenship via the Individual Investor Programme can vote in political elections provided they have been resident in the country for 6 of the past 18 months.

European citizenship granted under the Malta Individual Investor Program can be revoked if an applicant does not follow through with all the requirements of the citizenship by investment programme. To be granted citizenship, applicants commit to retaining a residence in Malta for five years and also keeping their Maltese bonds investment for a minimum of five years. If a person does not comply with these requirements and stops renting an apartment or sells their home in Malta before the five years is up, they can have their citizenship as well as their EU passport taken away.

Malta is a tiny island country in the very middle of the Mediterranean Sea that is an immensely popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful architecture, many historical monuments, and fantastic weather. Despite only having a current population of 423,500 the islands have been inhabited for more than 7000 years and were home to one of the most sophisticated civilizations on Earth. Today there are 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites on the islands, and people travel from all across the world to visit the country making tourism one of the largest economic sectors in Malta accounting for 15% of the nations GDP.

Malta became a full member of the European Union in 2004. EU freedom of movement treaties permit Maltese citizens tolive, work, and study in any other European Union country including Switzerland. This means that people with Malta passports are allowed to move to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK).

Malta has been a member of the Schengen Area of Europe since 2007. This allows a Maltese citizen to travel to 26 European countrieswithout going through any border control. Countries that make up the borderless area include EU members Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England (Great Britain), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden, as well as the four European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Individuals that hold a passport from any Schengen Area country can visit any other country in the borderless area without the inconvenience of a border check.

The Maltese citizenship by investment program does not recognize Bitcoin or other crypto as legal investment currency for financial transactions related to their immigration program, and consequently, you cannot use Bitcoins to make the Individual Investor Programmes compulsory investments.

Many people interested in European citizenship by investment research the subject online, determine they are a good fit for the Malta Individual Investor Program, but then are unsure how to apply for Maltese citizenship through investment. Applying for Maltese citizenship on your own is not possible. Under the requirements of the Malta IIP or MIIP, a prospective applicant is obliged to use a concessionaire or Accredited Agent in order to get the application process started. This means the ONLY way to apply for the Malta citizenship program is through an Accredited Person, so contacting one of these exclusively certified individuals to learn more about the program is the best way to initiate the Maltese citizenship application procedure.

All Malta citizenship scheme applicants, with the exception of children under six years old, must at some point visit in person a Maltese embassy or the Malta Passport Office in Valletta to give their biometrics. Biometrics include facial features as well as the scanning of fingerprints for applicants aged 12 and above. Biometric data that is given as part of the Malta citizenship by investment application process can be stored for as long as six months.

AllMalta immigrationapplicants that are at least 18 years old are required to take an Oath of Allegiance in order to officially receive citizenship of Malta, provided they have the capacity to do so. This oath must be taken in person, so all successful candidates of the Malta citizenship scheme must visit the country to finalize the process of becoming an EU citizen.

A law firm, audit firm, intermediary firm, financial advisory firm, or other person or body that has been officially authorized to help foreign nationals attain Maltese citizenship will advertise their Identity Malta Accredited Agent number which can be independently verified on the Government of Maltas websitehere. Dr. Anton Tabone holds Malta Individual Investor Program Accredited Person license number IIP086.

Malta is a republic with a parliamentary democracy system and is highly respected and considered neutral on the international stage. Maltas banks have total assets worth more than seven times the countrys gross domestic product (GDP), making it avery economically secure nationwith the second largest banking sector in the Eurozone. Unlike many neighboring EU countries, Malta has an excellent credit rating (BBB+) and their government bonds are in high demand amongst both professional and retail bond investors.

Malta withstood the great recession remarkably well with the countrys housing price index never dropping by more than 5% in a year including in 2008 and 2009 when other European real estate markets were crushed. The country has also never imposed a tax on deposits in Maltese banks, dissimilar to nearby Cyprus who imposed a one-time tax levy in 2013 which included offshore bank accounts. As part of the former British Empire, Maltas financial system was built from the ground up with a solid foundation and has proven to be both robust and stable even while other European nations have faced major economic challenges. Not only did the Maltese economy weather the European financial crisis exceptionally well, it is now one of the leading economies in the Eurozone.

According to the countrys National Statistics Office, the Malta economy expanded by more than 3% last year. The European Commission is currently forecasting that the Maltese economy will expand by more than 5% in 2018, making it one of the top economies in the entire EU during this period. The economists and reporters of the Global Wealth Migration Review recently reported that Malta experienced the second largest wealth growth of any country in 2017, behind only India and tied with China. Every new high-net-worth individual (HNWI) that becomes a citizen of Malta via the I.I.P. will help grow the local economy. The nations safe and stable economy is just one of the many reasons why the Malta Individual Investor Program is a secure and strategic investment.

A Golden Visa is the name of a popular EU investor visa offered by a few Southern European countries, such as Spain and Portugal, to foreign nationals who invest in their countrys property market. Many people refer to the new Malta Residence and Visa Program (MRVP) as a European Golden Visa. If you are interested in an EU Residence Permit as opposed to European citizenship, a Maltese investor visa may be right for you. Malta residency by investment can make doing business in Europe easy by eliminating the need for a Schengen Visa in order to travel within the European Union.

The Individual Investor Programme is much more than just a Malta investor visa; it offers foreign investorsfull citizenship in Europeas opposed to just EU residency. While the Malta residence scheme is an excellent way for non-EU investors to get a European Residence Permit, obtaining a second passport in Malta is only possible through the IIP. In you want full European citizenship and a Malta passport, the Individual Investor Program is for you. Often considered the most reputable economic passport program in the industry, making an investment for citizenship in Europe through the Malta nationality program is safe and transparent.

As a distinguished citizenship for investment program, the Malta Individual Investor Program will only accept investor immigration candidates who are highly respectable and have no ties to criminal activity. As part of the immigration Malta due diligence procedure, detailed background verification checks are run to determine if candidates are of good repute and that all funds have been derived from legal means. The due diligence fees paid when formally submitting a Malta citizenship application cover the expenses incurred while verifying that an investors money is clean and that they are a credible person. TheMalta investor citizenship program has an immaculate reputation and the worlds strictest due diligence standardsand will reject any aspirant who is unable to identify and prove the legitimate source of their cash. Applications that contain false information or omissions will also be declined. The program has an impressive four-tier due diligence system that is considered the most advanced in the industry and any person deemed a potential reputational risk, national security risk, or currently subject to a criminal investigation will be denied Maltese citizenship. Also, applicants who have been denied a visa to any country with which Malta shares visa-free travel arrangements will not be eligible for the program unless they have since successfully obtained a visa from that nation.

Applicants for citizenship by investment in Malta are not required to make the sizable contribution to the countrys National Development and Social Fund untilafterthey have passed the due diligence stage of the program and have been approved in principle. Once a person has been approved in principle, the only conditions that must be met before they will be made a European citizen and given a Maltese passport are for them tosatisfy all the remaining Malta citizenship requirementslaid out in the program such as the bonds investment and residency stipulation. This means that you never have to worry about failing the due diligence process after you have already invested the full amount of money required by the program.

In additional to getting asecond passportthat makes traveling internationally very easy, people who obtain Malta nationality through the immigrant investor program can go to university in Europe without needing to qualify as a foreign student. Not only are the entrance requirements at most top universities in Europe significantly lower for students from other EU countries compared to students applying from abroad (especially Asia), often the tuition rates charged by universities and colleges will be much lower for Europeans.

The Maltese archipelago consists of three main islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, and has a total land area of 316 sq. km. Malta is the largest and most populated island and is the cultural and commercial hub of the country. Gozo is the next largest of the islands and is more rural with a booming tourist, fishing, and agriculture industry. Comino is a very tiny island located directly between Malta and Gozo. Valletta, the capital city, is located on Malta island and is where all business related to the Maltese citizenship program takes place. When IIP Malta candidates visit the country to give biometrics, obtain a residency card, or take the Oath of Allegiance, they will need to visit Valletta, which is located conveniently close to the Malta International Airport.

Also referred to as an economic citizenship or investor citizenship arrangement, citizenship by investment programs enable foreign nationals to obtain citizenship in a country provided they make a substantial fiscal contribution to that jurisdiction. Immigrant investor programs typically only offer investors residency in a country in exchange for a hefty monetary contribution, not citizenship, which is why citizenship investment programs are much more coveted by investors. Because a financial investment is a requisite of the Individual Investor Program, some people inadvertently think it is no different than a Malta passport for sale scheme; which is entirely false! Although some media publications periodically use terms such as Maltese passport for sale when discussing the islands citizenship programme, wealthy businessmen and businesswomen expecting to instantly buy Maltese citizenship are going to be disappointed because the IIP is not an EU passport for sale scheme it is alegitimate citizenship by investment program recognized by the European Commission. Not only can you not go out and buy a Maltese passport tomorrow, you cannot just instantly buy Malta citizenship outright; the Individual Investor Program requires applicants to establish residency on the islands and build agenuine linkwith the country. Truth be told, investor programs are not actually very different from other forms of skilled worker immigration as both types of programs have the simple goal of improving a countrys society and economy. The fact is, global citizenship facilitates innovation across borders, and educated business leaders who are the primary demographic participating in citizenship by investment immigration bring tremendous value to the communities they join.

In addition to Malta economic citizenship, immigration to Malta is possible via the countrys Global Residence Programme. The Global Residence Program Malta enables economically self-sufficient individuals who rent or own a permanent address on the islands to be formally recognized as a resident for tax purposes. If you are not interested in getting a Maltese passport and simply wish to live in a warm Mediterranean residence while retired and collecting a pension, the Malta Global Residence Program may be

Malta

, island country located in the centralMediterranean Sea. A small but strategically important group of islands, the archipelago has through its long and turbulent history played a vital role in the struggles of a succession of powers for domination of the Mediterranean and in the interplay between emergingEuropeand the olderculturesof Africa and theMiddle East. As a result, Maltese society has been molded by centuries of foreign rule by various powers, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, Swabians, Aragonese, Hospitallers, French, and British.

The coast of Malta features many bays and ports.

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Temple at Mnajdra, Malta, the oldest freestanding temple in the world.

The island of Malta specifically played a vital strategic role inWorld War IIas a base for theAllied Powers. It was heavily bombarded by German and Italian aircraft, and by the end of the war Malta was devastated. In 1942 the island of Malta was presented with theGeorge Cross, a British award for great gallantry, in recognition of the wartime bravery of the Maltese people. After the war, the movement for self-governance became stronger. The country of Malta became independent fromBritainand joined theCommonwealthin 1964 and was declared a republic on December 13, 1974. It was admitted to theEuropean Union(EU) in 2004. A European atmosphere predominates in Malta as a result of close association with the Continent, particularly with southern Europe. The Maltese are renowned for their warmth, hospitality, and generosity to strangers, a trait that was noted in theActsof the Apostles, with respect to the experience ofSt. Paul, the Apostle, who was said to have been shipwrecked off Malta in 60ce.

Roman Catholicismis a major influence on Malteseculture. Various traditions have evolved around religious celebrations, notably those honouring the patron saints of towns and villages. The eight-pointed, or Maltese, cross, adopted by theHospitallersof St.John of Jerusalemin 1126, is commonly linked with Maltas identity and is printed on the countrys euro coin.Vallettais the capital city.

The countrycomprisesfive islandsMalta(the largest),Gozo,Comino, and the uninhabited islets ofKemmunett (Comminotto) andFilflalying some 58 miles (93 km) south ofSicily, 180 miles (290 km) north ofLibya, and about 180 miles (290 km) east ofTunisia, at the eastern end of the constricted portion of the Mediterranean Sea separatingItalyfrom the African coast.

The islands of Malta are dominated bylimestoneformations, and much of their coastlines consist of steep or vertical limestone cliffs indented by bays, inlets, and coves. They lie on the submerged Malta-Hyblean Platform, a wide undersea shelf bridge that connects the Ragusa Platform of southern Sicily with the Tripolitana Platform of southern Libya.

The main physical characteristic of the island of Malta is a well-defined escarpment that bisects it along theVictoria Lines Fault running along the whole breadth of the island from Point ir-Raħeb near Fomm ir-Riħ Bay to the coast northeast of Għargħur at Madliena Fort. The highest areas are coralline limestone uplands thatconstitutea triangular plateau;Ta Żuta, which rises to 830 feet (253 metres) in the southwest, is the highest point. The uplands are separated from the surrounding areas by blue clay slopes, while an undercliff area is found where the coralline plateau has fallen and forms a subordinate surface between the sea and the original shore. The total shoreline of Malta is about 136 miles (219 km).

In northern Malta the escarpment is occasionally abrupt and broken by deep embayments. To the south, however, the plateau gradually descends from about 600 to 830 feet (180 to 250 metres) into undulating areas of globigerina (derived from marine protozoa) limestone less than 300 feet (90 metres) in elevation. The western area is characterized by deeply incised valleys and undercliff areas, while to the east there are several valley systems that descend to the central plains.

The west coast of Malta presents a high, bold, and generally harbourless face. On the east, however, a tongue of high ground known asMount Sceberras, on which the capital city, Valletta, is built, separates Marsamxett Harbour andGrand Harbour. Because of tectonic activity, Malta has been tilted in a northerly direction, producing cliffs of up to about 800 feet (250 metres) high on the south and southwestern coasts, while slopes descend to low cliffs and rocky shores on the northern and eastern coasts.

The landscape of the island of Gozo is characterized by broken upper coralline mesas, with the highest point being Ta Dbiegi Hill (636 feet [194 metres]). Gozo has a gentle easterly dip, so the lower coralline limestone, which forms high cliffs on the west coast, declines to belowsea levelbut reappears on the east coast at Qala Point. Semicircular bays have formed on coastal cliffs where sinkholes have been invaded by the sea. The rounded bays at Xlendi and Dwejra on the west coast of Gozo originated as underground caverns with roofs that have collapsed.

The island of Malta possesses favourable conditions for the percolation and underground storage of water. The impermeable blue clays provide two distinct water tables between the limestone formationsthe perched and the mean sea-level aquifer. The principal source for the public supply of water has for several centuries been the main sea-levelwater table. The absence of permanent streams or lakes and a considerable runoff into the sea, however, have madewater supplya problem, which has been addressed with an intensive reverse-osmosis desalination program. About half of Maltas daily water needs are supplied by desalination plants throughout the islands.

Mainly young or immature and thin, Maltese soils generally lack humus, and a high carbonate content gives them alkaline properties. Human settlement and construction developments have altered the distribution andcompositionof soils. The Fertile Soil (Preservation) Act of 1973 requires that, when soils are removed from construction sites, they be taken to agricultural areas, and level stretches in quarries are often covered with carted soil.

The climate of Malta is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, warm and sporadically wet autumns, and short, cool winters with adequate rainfall. More than three-fourths of the total annual rainfall of about 22 inches (550 mm) falls between October and March; June, July, and August are normally quite dry.

The temperature is very stable, with the annual mean in the mid-60s F (about 19 C) and monthly averages ranging from the mid-50s F (about 12 C) to the mid-80s F (about 29 C). Winds can be strong and frequent; the most prevalent are the cool northwesterly (themajjistral), the dry northeasterly (thegrigal), and the hot and humid southeasterly (thexlokk, orsirocco). Therelative humidityrarely falls below 40 percent.

Maltas flora and fauna are typical of the low-lying coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Excessive exploitation of the forests for timber and the clearance of land for construction and agriculture have destroyed much of Maltas woodlands, though a few stands of holm oak remain. Aleppo pine has been successfully reintroduced. Maquis, a scrubby underbrush, is found along valleys and below escarpments and consists of lentisk,carobolivebay laurel, and in some places the sandaracgum tree(Maltas national tree). Garigue, a low-growing Mediterranean scrub, is the most common vegetation in Malta and covers much of the countrys limestone plateau. The steppe in Malta is dominated by various grasses, thistles, and leguminous and bulbous plants. Reed beds occur wherever there is abundant freshwater, and club mosses, sedges and grasses are found in wetlands. Glassworts, rushes, and seablites are native to the salt marshlands. Sand couch,sea kale, and sea daffodils are found on Maltas few remaining coastal dunes, while golden samphire, rock samphire, and sea lavenders (several of which are endemic) are characteristic of low-lying rocky coasts. Cliffs and coastal screes support many of Maltas native species, which include monotypic genera such as the Maltese cliff-orache (Cremnophyton lanfrancoi) and the Maltese rock-centaury (Palaeocyanus crassifolius), the latter of which is the national plant.

The native mammals in Malta include a subspecies of the Sicilian shrew and several types of bats. Most of the countrys other mammals, including the Algerian hedgehog, Mediterranean chameleon, Etruscan shrew, rabbit, and weasel, have been introduced. Native reptiles include the Maltese wall lizard, the ocellated skink, the Moorish and the Turkish gecko, the western whip snake, and the leopard snake. The only amphibian in Malta is the painted frog, a speciesendemicto Sicily and Malta. Invertebrates, including insects, arachnids, and snails, are abundant.

Although there are relatively few breeding birds, migrating species are plentiful. Sea birds include thestorm petreland the Mediterranean and Corys shearwaters. Among the most notable birds are the Spanish sparrow, which is the most common bird in Malta, and the blue rock thrush, Maltas national bird.

Maltas population is composed almost entirely of ethnic Maltese, the descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians as well as of Italians and other Mediterranean peoples. Attempts to form a unifying and homogenizing Malteseethnicitycan be traced back to the late 13th century; these efforts were consolidated in the nationalistic discourses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Aside from the Maltese population, there are smallcommunitiesof British nationals, Sindhis, Palestinians, and Greeks on the islands. Since the 1990s, influxes of moretransientbut no less significant groups have arrived fromNorth Africaand the Balkans and, in the early 2000s, from countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

Malteseand English are the official languages of Malta as well as official languages of the EU. Maltese resulted from the fusion of North African Arabic and a Siciliandialectof Italian. It is the only Semitic language officially written in Latin script. English is a medium of instruction in schools. Italian was the language of church and government until 1934 and is still understood by a sizable portion of the population.

Roman Catholicism is the official religion of Malta, but there is full freedom of religious belief. More than nine-tenths of Maltese are Roman Catholic; however, only about three-fifths of these practice their faith. The islands are an independent province of the church, with an archdiocese in Malta and a diocese in Gozo. Very small numbers of Maltese are adherents of other Christian denominations or of Islam. There are Roman Catholic cathedrals atMdinaand Valletta, an Anglican cathedral at Valletta, and a mosque at Corradino Heights.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, under the rule of the Knights of Malta (Hospitallers), the country evolved as a maritime power, and, by the late 17th century, Valletta and other towns were thriving maritime centres. By the mid-19th century the Maltese lived mainly in the relative seclusion of clustered villages and hamlets; the fragmentation of farm holdings accentuated the individuality of the farmingcommunity. Thezuntier, a parvis forming part of the church square, was the traditional focus of village life.

During the British occupation of Malta (18001964), the growth of the dockyard complex resulted in the ongoing development of new settlements around Grand Harbour. In the 20th century theSliemaregion, just north of Marsamextt Harbour, became the most fashionable part of Malta and by the early 21st century had become a commercial and tourist centre. Following the countrys independence in 1964, the advent of industrial estates located near major villages somewhat increased urbanization, but higherliving standardshave given rise to residential developments all over Malta island; its central areas are now densely populated. Overbuilding has been a cause for serious concern, spawning legislation meant to protect theenvironment. More that 95 percent of Maltas population is concentrated in urban areas.

The essentially rural character of Gozos many hilltop settlements has been largely preserved in the new housing that has rapidly increased there since the 1990s. Victoria, in the south-central part of the island, is the administrative and commercial centre of Gozo. More rural still is Comino, which is mostly inhabited by tourists.

Malta has one of the highest population densities in the world, though the increase in the countrys population has somewhat leveled off since the mid-20th century, with a considerable decline in thebirth rate. At the same time, thedeath ratehas remained fairly stable, having fallen only slightly, while theinfant mortality ratehas dropped significantly.

Following World War II,massemigration was encouraged and even financed by the government because of high unemployment on the islands. From 1945 until the mid-1970s about 150,000 people left Malta and Gozo and settled in other English-speaking countries (theUnited States, the United Kingdom,Canada, and Australia). By the 1990s, however, emigration had tapered off, and many Maltese expatriates began returning to their homeland.

Until the mid-1960s the Maltese economy depended heavily on the British military presence in Malta. In the 1950s Britain began to withdraw its armed forces, which necessitated a drastic diversification of the economy. A series of development plans after 1959 were supported by government grants, loans, and other fiscal incentives to encourage private investment. Import and capital controls, which were extensive until the second half of the 1980s, were progressively dismantled during the 1990s, moving Malta toward a more market-driven economy as the Maltese government pursued a policy of gradual privatization beginning in 1999. Capital controls were fully lifted only when Malta was acceded to theEuropean Union(EU) in 2004. The Maltese economy faces major constraints because of its small domestic market, and it depends on other countries for many imported goods.

Agricultural development is hampered by land fragmentation (that is, plots of land resulting from decollectivization that are too small or too irregularly configured to be farmed efficiently), shallow soils, and lack of adequate water supplies. Most farming is carried out on small terraced strips of land that preclude the introduction of large-scale mechanization. As a result of the growth of urbanization, the agriculturallabour forcehas become increasingly older, and more farming is done on a part-time basis; nevertheless, production has risen gradually because of improved techniques in the cultivation of some crops, especially horticultural ones. The major crops are potatoes, tomatoes, and fruit (especially citrus and drupes). Since the late 1990s there has been a substantial increase in grapevine and olive production. Malta is generally self-sufficient in food production, but beef is mostly imported. Upon the countrys accession into the EU, Maltas agricultural sector became competitive.

Fishing is seasonal and, to a large extent, undertaken on an artisanal basis. The commondolphin fish(Coryphaena hippuras) and the bluefintuna(Thunnus), however, are caught for export. Aquaculture, introduced in Malta in the late 1980s, has surpassed fishing as a source of income. The Europeansea bass(Dicentrarchus labrax) and the gilthead seabream(Sparus aurata) are grown in floating sea cages, and the bluefin tuna from the sea are fattened on farms for four to six months before export. After Malta joined the EU, Maltese fishermen benefited from funding programs, particularly to promote the export of tuna.

Malta is poorly endowed with natural resources, and its only exploited mineral resource is limestone, which is quarried and used for construction. Offshore oil exploration has been under way since the mid-1990s, but no significant oil reserves have been discovered. Fossils fuels are imported and supply all of Maltas energy. There are thermal power stations on both Malta and Gozo.

Industrial development began in earnest in the second half of the 1960s, and by the early 21st century the manufacturing sector was contributing about one-fifth ofgross domestic product(GDP). Since the 1980s the manufacture of computer parts, instruments, and electronics, as well as of a large variety of consumer products (toys, cosmetics, detergents, and foodstuffs), has been important. In the early 2000s, light manufacturing (pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and automotive and airplane parts, along with software) replaced much of the low-cost labour-intensive production that had earlier played a more important role in Maltese manufacturing. Pharmaceutical production in particular has grown rapidly as a result of the patent law advantages that Malta gained upon EU membership.

Shipbuildingand repair have been the foundation of Maltas economy since the Knights of Malta (Hospitallers) transferred Maltas administrative centre from themedievalinland location of Mdina to present-day Valletta in the Grand Harbour area in 1570. Since the mid-20th century, however, the shipbuilding industry has consistently operated at a loss and had been dependent upon government subsidies. Efforts aimed at engendering financial sustainability during the late 20th century were not successful. Upon EU accession, such subsidies were no longer permissible, and the Maltese government has taken steps to reduce and privatize the industry.

The Central Bank of Malta was founded in 1968. Maltas former currency, the lira, was adopted in 1972. On Jan. 1, 2008, theeurobecame the countrys official currency. The banking system remains highly concentrated, with half of the local commercial banks accounting for about nine-tenths of total loans and deposits. The Malta Financial Services Authority, established in 2002, is anautonomousbody and the single regulator for financial services, taking over supervisory functions that were formerly carried out by the Central Bank of Malta, the Malta Stock Exchange, and the Malta Financial Services Centre. The Maltese government encourages andfacilitatesdirect foreign investment, which began to increase in the early 2000s. While the private sector still consists mostly of small enterprises, there are some internationally owned companies operating in Malta, mostly in the pharmaceutical, automotive, and electronics sectors.

Malta imports machinery and transport equipment, chemical products, and mineral fuels. The countrys main export products are semiconductors, but it also exports other manufactured goods and refined petroleum. Italy,France, the United Kingdom, the United States,Germany, andSingaporeare Maltas major trading partners.

Services account for about half of Maltas GDP and employ about three-fifths of the labour force.Tourismis a major source of income and follows a seasonal pattern, with June through October being the peak season. Some notable tourist sites include the ancient megalithic temple Ġgantija on Gozo and the temples of Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, andTarxienon Malta; this group of temples was designated a UNESCOWorld Heritage sitein 1980. Also on Malta are spectacular medieval castles and cathedrals, as well as the ancient inland capital of Mdina. Tourism has had a major impact on the natural environment of the Maltese islands, and the government has attempted to promote ecotourism.

The majority of Maltas workforce is employed in the manufacturing and services sectors. Women make up about one-third of the workforce. Thepublic sectoris to a very large extentunionized. In the private sector, most large enterprises are unionized. Malta has two chief labour unionsthe General Workers Union, Maltas largest union, and the Union of United Workersas well as a confederation of smaller sectoral unions, each of which came into being around the mid-20th century. Although unions are independent of political parties, they have tended to occupy a central role in national issues and at times have operated on the basis of the party affiliations of their members.

The bulk of government tax revenue comes from a progressiveincome taxsystem. There is avalue-added taxon consumer goods and services. Taxes on real-estate transactions also contribute to government revenue.

The island of Maltas road system connects all towns and villages and includes a coast road and a panoramic road. Bus services radiating from Valletta provide inexpensive and frequent internal transportation. Taxis and rented vehicles are available on the island. Most families own automobiles, and the number of cars per household is one of the highest in Europe. There is no railway. Ferry services operate between Malta and Gozo, and Malta and Sicily are connected by both ferry and high-speed catamaran. Thenational airline, Air Malta, connects Malta with most European capitals as well as with North Africa, the Middle East, andNorth America. Since 2007 a number of low-cost airlines have offered services to and from Malta.

Maltas telecommunications sector was fully liberalized in 2004, after Malta joined the EU. The mobile phone penetration rate increased substantially in the early 21st century; the majority of the inhabitants now use cellular telephones, while the number of fixed-line phone lines has remained relatively static. Internet usage increased as well. The Malta Communications Authority, established in 2001, is the regulatory body of the telecommunications sector.

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Protestant Knights of Malta

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Protestant Knights of Malta

Protestant Knights of Malta

Protestant Knights of Malta

Whilst most people are familiar with the existence of the Royal Black Institution, few know anything about its two sister Black-orders (1) the Protestant Knights of Malta, and (2) the Royal Britannic Association (which is now extinct). The Protestant Knights of Malta seems to have arisen in Scotland in the mid-1830s where its influence was mainly contained, although it did make some slight in-roads into Ulster and the North of England in the 1840s. It then took upon itself the ostentatious title of Ancient and Illustrious Order of Knights of Malta or Knight Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem. Even though its influence has always been small in Ireland it was given a breath of life in the early 20th century with the formation of the Independent Orange. It was taken under the wing of the Independents and became the senior order of the institution in much the same way the Black relates to the Orange Order.

The now obsolete Royal Britannic Association was also known by several differing terms including the Grand Britannic Association and the more elegant Royal Britannic Association of Knights of Israel. This sister organisation was greatly debilitated by the fact that it was very small from its beginning and its influence was largely restricted to just a few areas in England.

Like every other secret movement through the decades, there have been various wheels within wheels inside these Black associations, with many schisms and offshoots, most of which mushroomed up and then disappeared as quickly as they arose.

The Protestant Knights of Malta and the Royal Britannic Association had ruling Grand Chapters. The Knights of Malta governing authority described itself as The Imperial Parent Grand Encampment of the Universe. Its subordinate national Grand Chapters are known as Grand Priories. Its national authorities employ varying indigenous, and certainly imperious, terms like Supreme Grand Encampment of Ireland and Supreme Grand Commandery of the Continent of America. The Knights of Malta refer to its leader as the Imperial Grand Master of the Imperial Parent Grand Encampment of the Universe. The now defunct Royal Britannic Association had a Grand Black Chapter and entitled its head simply as Grand Master.

With the Royal Britannic Association defunct, the Knights of Malta are now heading down a similar path with only a small number of Independent Orangemen joining its senior order. Indeed, it is doubtful if it has a hundred active members in the whole of Ireland. A break-away from the Protestant Knights of Malta exists in Scotland today although it is small and has no direct link with the Orange Order or the Independent Orange Order.

The Protestant Knights of Malta actually labels its local gatherings Encampments rather than Preceptories. The name Encampment, like so much within the Black family, has been acquired from the Masonic Knights Templar.

The Knights of Malta refer to their members as Companions. And any old documents relating to the Royal Britannic Association entitled its members to the designation Sir. These names normally prefix the members name in an official setting.

The Irish Knights of Malta is the next step of advancement from the Independent Orange Institution. In fact, in Ireland one can only progress to the Knights of Malta via this organisation. This so-called Protestant Order developed from the papist Scottish Knights of Malta, which in turn has its origins in the papal inspired crusades of the dark ages as the Knights of St.John of Jerusalem. Today it shares many of the same heathenish practises as Templarism worldwide.

The teaching of this strange Black theology is not restricted to the confines of the Black Institution, but is shared with its sister Templar order the Knights of Malta. It is in this order that we find the same mystical teaching on Joseph, the Knights of Malta novice are taught:

I perceive by this you are a Companion of the Black Degree?

Recognised as the most comprehensive history written by the Knights of Malta institution, historian Thomas Henry Gilmore traces this Black teaching back to the Knights Hospitallers of St. John (which was the Crusader name for the Knights of Malta), when they originally quartered in Jerusalem (before they were driven to Malta). He said, they assumed as their dress a black mantle with a white cross on the breast. Hence the name Black Knights, and also the name Hospitallers degree is now known as, The Black. There was, of course, a reason for their assuming black as their distinctive colour, but we need not mention here. All Black Knights may know it, by joining our Order, providing they be found worthy to do so (Knights of Malta Ancient and Modernp. 12).

Gilmore directs his reader to the Knights of Malta lecture which connects the wearing of black to the ongoing mourning for Joseph by the institution. In doing so, he admits that the whole meaning and custom surrounding this ideology is ancient, originating in the mystical rites of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta. Evidently this is not a modern innovation that the Royal Black Institution or the modern-day Knights of Malta have themselves conceived, but an archaic belief within the knightly family. Like their contemporary counterparts, these ancient Roman Catholic Knights were obsessed with the things of death and therefore with the colour black.

Black is the universal identifying colour of the Templar movement worldwide. Anywhere its influence is found, this colour is very much to the fore.  The Masonic Encyclopaedia outlines the significance of the use of black within the Knights Templar and also shows its true roots, when it says, There are Grades of Christian Chivalry which connect with black, and in particular the Order of the Temple, though it is now confined to the sash a memorial of the extermination which befell the original Templars and sorrow for the murder of Molay (p. 114).

The Protestant Knights of Malta released a remarkable report to its members on 11th April 1850, the conclusion of this document is very revealing, containing some extraordinarily statements. It sums up, in a nutshell, what we have discovered in our research and confirms the thinking that lies behind the outward Protestant veneer of the different Black associations.

It boasted:Let us prize this inestimable Order, for it stands alone in the universe as a point within a circle. Every institution which is solely human is either satellite to each or centre to something else; a defined place in some system is appointed to each in obedience to the universal law which causes earth to gravitate to earth; but this Order descended amid signs and wonders which made nature and man tremble. Above other Orders it sits enthroned kingly, solitary, mystical an emanation from the Infinite Mind, which aspiring mortals seek to comprehend.

The Knights of Malta here laud their religious credentials to a superior place far above every other religious institution, including the Church of Jesus Christ. The Order presents itself as a clear rival to the true Church with such overweening descriptions and extravagant boasts. This is something that is common to these Black societies the attempt to put the divine stamp upon their heretical beliefs and occultic practices.

The document continues:It[the Protestant Black Knights of Malta]communicates knowledge which unlocks the arcane of the elder world, and unveils the secrets of thousands of years. Its hand points from eternity to eternity, and, by its light, the primeval ages appear as if in an enchanted sleep; but the Masters knock unbars knowledge, which raises the shadowy forms from the mists of antiquity.It brings a Pythagoras, a Plato, and a Socrates, into brotherhood with a Moses, a Daniel, and a John, each professing his peculiar belief in the doctrines of the adorable Trinity, the resurrection of the dead, and rewards and punishments.Thus our Order holds in its tenacious grasp events of great importance, and knowledge, that is calculated to make the wise wiser; it clothes them with vitality, and demonstrates itself to be the very incarnation of history and religion.

No wonder the Black Orders hide such documents from the outside world. This is utterly incredible. It is astonishing that an Institution professing the Protestant faith should attempt to unite the great men of Scripture like Moses, Daniel and John with the Greek heathen philosophers Pythagoras, Plato, and Socrates. To associate these men of God with such infidels is shocking, but to attempt to unify them and their beliefs powerfully exposes the true nature and thinking that secretly exists within the Black family. This is exactly what Christian Mysticism is. It is the gelling together of Scripture with the heathen philosophies of man, all resulting in a mongrel religion that is half-heathen and half-Christian.

In the light of the information before us it is difficult to see how the Black Knights of both the Royal Black Institution and the Independent Oranges Knights of Malta could seriously argue that their respective bodies are truly Protestant let alone biblical. They are clearly neither. Their very nature, activities and ideology runs contrary to all the main principles of the Reformed Faith. Their whole ethos and source of beliefs emanates from paganism rather than the purity of the Word of God. By locating itself within the Protestant camp, these Black bodies have (1) given themselves a credibility they should not have, (2) provided themselves with an important target group, and (3) acquired themselves a respectable cloak to hide behind.

We have graphically seen how the Black is an elaborate religious counterfeit which has more in common with the secret Occult associations throughout the world (and through the centuries) than with the people of God since the beginning of time. Their practices are an anathema to God and bring shame upon the Protestant name and its principles. Unquestionably, it should be opposed and exposed by the true Church, who must warn the uninformed Protestant to shun its baleful influence.

Paul aptly exposed the schemes of the arch-enemy Satan when he charged the devils agent Elymas the sorcerer in Acts 13:10: O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? This is an indictment that could equally be applied to the subject in hand. Satan has not changed. Whilst he wraps modern idolatry with different packaging the same innate evil exists behind the exterior.

The devil always seeks to operate in the darkness. This is true to his nature and these are his ways. It is in the secret place that he performs some of the vilest acts that this earth has ever witnessed. It is in the dark, where evil is protected from the eyes of the non-initiated, that he operates in a protected environment. Most outsiders are ignorant of the abominations performed within the Black and are taken in by its outward image. The exposure of the forms and traditions of the Black allows men to see the depth of the deception involved in this Jesuitical institution.

The Lord rebukes such hidden practices in Jeremiah 23:24 saying, Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

The Protestant Knights of Malta in essence are a product of a mystical form of Roman Catholicism and occult practice.

Christians should therefore separate themselves from the Independent Orange Order that that have this Order as their senior body.

Black historian Edward Rodgers contends, speaking of the Knights of Malta, illustriously known as the Parent G.B. Lodge of the Universe, For the existence of this or any similar Society in Scotland previous to the year 1835 we have looked in vain. Whilst Rogers is partially correct in that this is the first we hear anything of the Knights of Malta, he overlooks sound evidence indicating the existence of a Black organisation in Scotland prior to 1835 under a previous designation. The creation of the Knights of Malta would become a major development in the history of the Black story. The next 10 years would see them come to the centre of the Black stage.

The online Phoenix Masonry Masonic Museum tells us: By the 1830s, these different so-called Black degrees were being coordinated by bodies such as the Royal Black Association of Ireland, the Grand Black Order of Orangemen and the Magnanimous and Invincible Order of Blackmen.  There was also a Scottish order variously called the Loyal Black Association of Scotland, the Imperial Grand Lodge of Knights of Malta and Parent Black Lodge of the Universe, and the Imperial Grand Encampment of the Universe and Grand Black Lodge of Scotland and the most Ancient Illustrious and Military Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem. This group began to issue Irish warrants in 1834 and in 1844 it formed a Grand Priory of Ireland. As their names suggest these Black organizations were modelled upon the older chivalric orders, and more directly upon the chivalric orders found within the Freemasons.

It is therefore clear, that as had been the case from its inception, the Black movement was totally disjointed and could boast of no individual central cohesive body during the 1830s. This was probably the main reason why it struggled to grow in popularity. Whilst these different names may sound impressive they certainly did not allude to large, influential orders. Quite the opposite was true, for they were small insignificant groupings vying for pre-eminence. Even the strongest Black associations did not seem to carry influence over more than a handful of Black Lodges. The different Black bodies simply represented the division that existed within the movement. The overall Black family did not seem to realize its potential for growth or influence during this dysfunctional period. In fact, the Black sway did not seem to hold or expand in any significant way. Through most of its early life the Black Institution failed to gain an accepted place within the Orange family.

Edward Rodgers suggests that the Scottish Black (the Knights of Malta) had expanded its influence to England by 1845. He describes the existence of a warrant dated 24thMarch 1845 under the authority of the Grand General Counsel of the Most Noble Order of the Knights of Malta. This Black order was based in Bradford. This is interesting as the Grand Britannic Institution continued to operate at this time at its headquarters in Manchester although it was also quite small in size. Rodgers testifies that both of these Black organisations were working the Popish degrees of Apron, Sword and Star, Star & Garter, Link & Chain, Knights Templar, and Mediterranean pass. Notwithstanding, the Knights of Malta Order had now spread its influence into both Ireland and England, albeit in a minor way.

On 1stMarch 1847, the Grand Black Chapter was able to announce that it had brought together the three main elements of the Black movement in Ireland and England (1) the Royal Black, (2) the Britannic and (3) the Knights of Malta. The Scottish Blackmen, with their independent Knights of Malta Grand Chapter, remained more or less outside of the fold at this time. Notwithstanding, the vast majority of the Irish Black lodges that had given their allegiance to the Scottish Black swiftly transferred it to the newly formed Grand body. Whilst there were some exceptions that would not submit to this new authority particularly some Knights of Malta elements in Dublin and Britannic elements in Manchester and Liverpool the new authority succeeded in bringing a significant degree of unity to the Black family throughout the British Isles. Edward Rogers tells us, The mottoTria Juncta in unodescriptive of the Union was adopted meaning three joined in one.

It took about 15 years to tie up some of the loose ends and bring some hesitant elements under the larger Black umbrella. On 17thSeptember 1851 two more Britannic warrants were replaced in Liverpool by Black warrants. On 18thApril 1856 No 1 Black Knights of Malta in Dublin surrendered their warrants and accepted warrants and authority from the newly formed Grand Black Chapter. On 27thMay 1859 the Grand Black Chapter received a letter from Sir John Acheson of Glasgow recommending the union of the Lanarkshire Knights of Malta membership and the Grand Black Chapter. After ironing out some difficulties, a new Provincial Grand Black was set up in Scotland on 3rdDecember 1860.

Scottish Black author David Bryce says: By [18]75 the Knights of Malta in North America (Canada and the USA) had grown to such an extent that they were given autonomy but that quarter sowed a seed that brought disaster to the parent body. Their qualification for membership dropped the requirement of belonging to the Orange Institution. It was not long before some in Scotland forgot their roots too (A History of the Royal Black in Scotland p. 3). The Scottish Knights of Malta in Scotland also eventually amended their rules in regards to Orange membership, so that you did not need to be in one to be in the other.

T.H. Gilmour is very frank about the cost of this internal change in his history of the Protestant Knights of Malta, admitting, In plain English our members went by hundreds to the Black Chapter (which with all its faults still maintains its connection with the Orange Institution), hundreds more simply allowed their membership to lapse and have never since entered a Black Encampment.

The unified Grand Black Chapter was now beginning to take the pre-eminent position in Scotland after it had been held by the Knights of Malta for several decades. Bryce adds, In three years the Imperial Black Encampment [speaking of the Scottish Knights of Malta] lost over fifty percent of its Preceptories. The Grand Black Chapter of Ireland was the beneficiary. Its foothold in Scotland was soon transformed from 11 warrants it held prior to the Knights of Malta loosening of the Orange connection

Not surprisingly the Scottish Knights of Malta were not enamoured with the creation of the newly constituted Irish Grand Black Chapter. In 1850 it forcefully slated it, charging it with altering and adding to the original Black degrees. In stylish language it dismissed the new structure as being bogus. It said, The hand upraised in defence has descended to stab the dagger under the fifth rib. Every virtuous man will cry shame, when such discreditable artifices are used to prop up a tottering edifice The epithet spurious has been applied to us, but anon we shall see that it is vice versa and how successfully the battery can be turned. Does this haste to stigmatize us proceed from a consciousness of internal error? The rod which Solomon the Wise instructs to be applied to the fools back is to effect reform.

The Scots lamented: New lecturers have been promulgated: surely the initiated will observe the glaring departure from the original and immutable landmarks of the Order. If it be permitted to lengthen and shorten it, as a tailor would a garment, soon will the Chapters Order be Like the chameleon, who is known to have no colour of his own, borrows from his neighbours hue, his white or black, his green or blue We mourn for it, because that, like a planet receding more and more from the centre, it only emits that flickering, gloomy light, which abounds more with froward phantoms than Egyptian darkness.

On 24thJune 1856 the Knights of Malta met under the grand name of the Knights of the Exalted Royal Grand Black Order of Malta. It reaffirmed its ancient heritage back to the Crusades and claimed direct lineage to the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta. It cautioned: We the Sir Knights Companions of the above-mentioned Grand Black Lodge of Scotland warn and apprize all those whom this may concern, to recognise no Assembly or Association of Men in the British Realm calling themselves the Grand Black Chapter or the Grand Black Lodge of Knights of Malta. This statement must have appeared quite brazen to the newly constituted Grand Black Chapter. After all, it had a more established heritage than the Scottish Blackmen, who, it seems, only became structured in the mid 1830s.

The Knights of Malta lodgesin Irelandwhich refused to acknowledge the new Grand Black Chapter consisted of only a few Dublin lodges. The influence they carried seemed quite minimal. In 1905 the Irish Knights of Malta joined itself to the Independent Loyal Orange Institution and in the same way that the Royal Black Institution sits in relation to the Orange Order. Today, it remains the senior order of the Independents.

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Testimoniesfrom former leading Royal BlackmenRev. Canon Brian T. Blacoe (former Deputy Grand Chaplain of the Royal Black Institution), Malcolm McClughan (former Royal Black Lecturer) and David Carson (Chairman of the United Protestant Council).

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Malta could lose €179 million in cohesiofunds next EU budget

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Malta could lose out on some 179 million in EU Cohesion Funds, according to EU Commission plans.

According to the plans, Malta could receive around 673 million in said funds for the 2021-2027 period, though that figure could even be lower, around 597 million if funding is locked at 2018 prices. For the 2013-2020 period, Malta had negotiated nearly 800 million in said funds.

The Commission noted that theCohesion Policy keeps 3 categories of regions: less-developed, transition and more developed regions. To reduce disparities and help low-income and low-growth regions catch up, GDP per capita remains the predominant criterion for allocating funds. In addition, new criteria aim at better reflecting the reality on the ground – youth unemployment, low education level, climate change and the reception and integration of migrants. Maltas recent economic growth spurt could be why there would be a reduction in funds.

The EU Commission said: the EUs economy is bouncing back, but additional investment efforts are needed to tackle persistent gaps between and within Member States. With a budget of 373billion in commitments for 2021-2027, the future Cohesion Policy has the investment power to help bridge these gaps. Resources will continue to be geared towards regions that need to catch up with the rest of the EU the most. At the same time it will remain a strong, direct link between the EU and its regions and cities.

It is pertinent to note that nearly all countries are losing funds.

The government, in a statement, said that the Commissions proposal for the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy issued on 29 May 2018. Economic, social and territorial cohesion is one of the biggest European Union policies in terms of budget.

Government said that todays proposal should be seen in the context of:

(a) the fact that the Commission, in its post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) Proposal of 2nd May, has proposed a reduction inthe share of Cohesion Policy within the nextEU budget, mainly as a result of Brexit, and;

(b) the fact that the rest of the sectoral policies (such as agriculture, Erasmus+, migration, and security) will be issued in the coming days.

In this regard, Malta welcomes the Commissions proposal to widen the eligibility of the transition regions to those regions whose GDP per capita at purchasing power parity is between 75-100% of the EU average (as opposed to 75-90% in the current period). This means that Malta is expected to continue benefiting from transition status that will help to sustain and consolidate the current economic growth

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