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Factsheet for measure MT-2019-9/2717 – measures in Malta
|Country||Malta , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 March 2019|
|Context||Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 10 November 2022)|
Malta Enterprise in collaboration with the National Energy and Water and Agency aims to support investments in tangible assets procured to achieve a higher level of energy efficiency. The investments should translate in energy savings of at least 20%. Besides, one should note that this aid puts a particular emphasis on supporting green initiatives such as waste management.
This aid is in the form of a tax credit that covers a percentage of the costs based on the size of the undertaking: Small undertakings may benefit from 50% of their costs, while medium undertakings may benefit from 40% and large undertakings may benefit from 30%. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis until the budget allocated for this measure is fully utilised. A minimum investment of €25,000 should be done to create energy savings.
This incentive is available to undertakings that are duly registered in the European Union and that have an operating base in Malta. To qualify, applicants must operate in one of the following core activities: manufacturing; repair, overhaul and maintenance of aircraft and/or electromechanical equipment; information hosting and/or processing; waste treatment; accommodation and food service activities; packaging activities; human health and social work activities; and washing and dry-cleaning of textiles. Other activities not mentioned in the list above may also be eligible as long as their investment would translate in energy savings of at least 20%.
Eligible applicants must conform to the applicable state aid regulations. If an undertaking is engaged in activities in addition to the aforementioned eligible core activities, funding must translate in energy efficiency in the operation of the eligible core activities.
The guidelines could be clearer, as although they stipulate that applications should be submitted by the end of April, they fail to mention that late applications are accepted until the end of the year, on condition that the allocated funds are not exhausted. The €25,000 that applicants must invest in order to be eligible might also be viewed as too large a sum for smaller companies to even consider applying for this aid.
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Investment Aid for Energy Efficiency Projects, measure MT-2019-9/2717 (measures in Malta), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/MT-2019-9_2717.html
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