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Factsheet for case MT-2020-18/1035 – measures in Malta

Information for members of employer associations

Country Malta , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 May 2020
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Other
Author Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound
Case created 11 August 2020 (updated 27 August 2020)

Background information

COVID-19 had a negative impact upon many enterprises in Malta. In order to support such organisations, the major employer associations in Malta have been providing their members with information and support regarding applicable government measures. Information was also provided on employer relations, obtained through the Department of Industrial and Employment Relations (DIER).

Content of measure

Information is provided through the employer associations' websites regarding government measures available to support business, how to apply for them, as well as information regarding other topics of relevance. Examples of such topics include employer rights and employee rights.

Amongst the associations providing such information, the Malta Employers Association (MEA) is providing information through its website, whilst a COVID-19 booklet for employers has also been published. The Malta Chamber of SMEs (formerly known as the GRTU) also offers information over its website via a dedicated section. The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry (also known as the Malta Chamber) provide an information booklet through Trade Malta - a public-private partnership between themselves and the Government of Malta. The aforementioned associations also provide information through other means such as helpdesks and information sessions.

Use of measure

No information is available.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation
National funds

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: Unknown


The measures were all initiated by the employer associations themselves, and thus were designed, implemented and monitored solely by the employer associations. The only exception is that where the Malta Chamber is collaborating with the Government via Trade Malta. The level of interaction in this case is unclear.

Views and reactions

No views or reactions have been expressed on these measures.



Eurofound (2020), Information for members of employer associations, case MT-2020-18/1035 (measures in Malta), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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