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Factsheet for case MT-2020-24/1167 – measures in Malta

Export credit guarantees to support entrance to new markets

Export Credit Guarantee

Country Malta , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 08 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
Author Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound
Case created 21 September 2020 (updated 23 September 2020)

Background information

COVID-19 had a marked negative financial impact on several sectors in Malta. By means of a tripartite agreement, a package of measures to save jobs and organisations was agreed and announced by the Government on 24 March 2020. Amongst the measures in this package, wage subsidies were offered to sectors which were worst hit. During a 'mini budget' announced on the 8 June 2020, which aimed to regenerate Malta's economy, Government announced a new series of measures. Amongst them was the 'Export Credit Guarantee', which aimed to support business as they targeted new markets.

Content of measure

Administered by the Malta Enterprise, the measure aims to aid organisations to diversify to new markets such as African continent, Middle East, and Latin America. The aim is to build economic resilience in view of many of Malta's traditional markets currently being weaker. Whist such markets hold promise, diversifying also comes at a risk to organisations which often prevents this from occurring. Government thus committed towards €10 millions for an export credit guarantee scheme to address this situation.

Despite the measure being announced in June, details and applications are yet to be published (September 2020). Thus, no further information is available.

Use of measure

No information is available at this stage.

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
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

By means of a tripartite agreement, a package of measures to save jobs and organisations was agreed on 24 March 2020. This was the third but most significant package of measures announced by the Government. Following this agreement, social partners remained in direct contact with the government highlighting their proposals of what was felt was still necessary to save the Maltese economy and jobs. In view of this, on the 8 June 2020, the government announced a 'mini budget' to help the Maltese economy to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Essentially, this was the fourth package of measures announced by the government. The current measure formed part of this package. Further information on the measure are yet to be published.

Views and reactions

The fourth package of measures, of which the current measure formed part of, received public support from an array of social partners. Those positive and vocal about it were primarily business associations, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of SMEs, the Malta Employers' Association, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA), and the Association of Catering Establishments. No specific reactions were found regarding the Export Credit Guarantee.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Export credit guarantees to support entrance to new markets, case MT-2020-24/1167 (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.