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Factsheet for measure MT-2020-20/1165 – measures in Malta
|Country||Malta , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 12 May 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||21 September 2020 (updated 22 September 2020)|
COVID-19 had a negative impact upon the majority of organisations in Malta. In response to this impact on the economy, the Government produced a variety of measures to aid organisations to get back on their feet. One such measure was the Investment Aid COVID Products measure which provide a cash grant to support organisations to increase or initiate production of COVID-19 relevant products.
Administered by the Malta Enterprise, the measure provided organisations with a cash grant (and the possibility of an additional tax grant) not exceeding 80% of the eligible costs to support organisations to carry out investment projects to increase or initiate production of COVID-19 relevant products or to diversify existing production to be able to produce COVID-19 relevant products.
Costs need to have been incurred after 1 February 2020 and investments need to be completed within a period of six months. The grant can be increased by an additional 15% if the project is completed within two months or if the organisation is carrying out the project in collaboration with another organisation established in another Member State which is also providing funding.
Amongst the supported investments are:
This incentive has a cash budget of €10,000,000 and a fiscal budget to be awarded as tax credit of €1,500,000. The overall budget is hence of €11,500,000.
|Does not apply to workers||
Companies providing essential services
||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:
The measure was announced by the Government and did not result in any public comments by employer associations or unions. The measure was approved by the European Commission. Malta notified to the Commission under the Temporary Framework a scheme to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant product
No views / reactions from social partners, including employer associations or trade unions were published. The Malta Employer's Association which carried out a survey of members' views of Government measures did not include this measure in their survey.
Eurofound (2020), Cash grant for companies to produce products related to COVID, measure MT-2020-20/1165 (measures in Malta), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/MT-2020-20_1165.html
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