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Factsheet for case MT-2020-15/1034 – measures in Malta

Malta Chamber Think Tank

Country Malta , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 06 April 2020
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound
Case created 11 August 2020 (updated 27 August 2020)

Background information

COVID-19 was very damaging to the Maltese economy. In response, the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry (Malta Chamber), an employers' association, established a thematic group aimed at thinking outside the box and considering multiple scenarios of how the post-pandemic landscape will look. The aim of the process is to develop strategic initiatives to address the possible new realities in the short, medial and long term.

Content of measure

The Think Tank draws on the experience and expertise of various members of the Malta Chamber and includes leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and academics. Its first assignment was to focus on a multi-disciplinary action plan on how Malta’s economy could recover from COVID-19 and take advantage of the new norm. A series of round-tables were established to focus on specific fields of expertise, engaging the country’s leaders and experts in areas of interest of the economy, namely Tourism, Hospitality, Construction, Financial Services, Education and Training, Retail, Importers, Exporters, Digital and Media, Technology, Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics. The preliminary findings of the Think Tank were presented to the Cabinet of Ministers on the 11 August 2020. Amongst the proposal made to the government were those to improve good governance, government assistance, sustainability, quality, and a series of sector-specific recommendations.

Use of measure

The first suggestions that emerged from this Think Tank were presented to Government in August 2020.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The measure was developed and implemented by the Malta Chamber, an employers association. The Think Tank does not appear to bring any other social partners other than members of the Malta Chamber into the fold.

Views and reactions

Chamber president David Xuereb said that the report had received wide acceptance across the various industries and sectors. The Government requested that it is presented to the Cabinet of Ministers, whilst the Opposition also asked for detailed briefing.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Malta Chamber Think Tank, case MT-2020-15/1034 (measures in Malta), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.