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Factsheet for measure MT-2020-50/1168 – Updated – measures in Malta
|Country||Malta , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 11 December 2020 – 12 January 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||21 September 2020 (updated 22 June 2022)|
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 another package of measures. Amongst them was a measure to encourage construction companies to modernise their equipment.
This measure was announced with a package of measures by government on the 8 June 2020. The aim of these measures was to regenerate Malta's economy following the initial COVID-19 quasi-lockdown phase.
This measure aimed to provide an incentive for construction companies to purchase new, more efficient and environment-friendly machinery. The aim was to lessen the negative impact of the industry on the environment, as well as improving efficiency and reducing costs. Government pledged €4 million for this purpose, where any construction- related business can receive support of up to a maximum of €200,000.
Despite its announcement in June 2020, further information on the measure is yet to be published (September 2020).
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|12 January 2021||
The scheme ended prematurely on 12 January 2021 as the amount of aid requested had already exceeded the budget allocated.
|11 December 2020||
The application for this scheme were accepted from the 11 December 2020 until 31 May 2021. It was announced that the scheme was open for those: constructing immovable property, excavating or demolishing; those renting equipment for the purpose of construction; transportation of material related to construction, excavation and demolishing; owners and operators of quarries and batching plants; and building and finishing contractors.
Furthermore, it was announced that claims were to be supported by fiscal documentation, proof of payment, a destruction certificate of old equipment, and that the new equipment must be maintained operational by the beneficiary for at least 3 years for the commissioned date.
The actual grant varied between one that could cover between 60% and 25% of the cost and depended on the type of equipment purchased and if the equipment is new or not.
The measure is yet to be implemented and therefore no information on its use is yet available.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
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.
With regards to this specific measure, the Malta Developers Association (MDA) had lobbied the Malta Enterprise to introduce such a measure.
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. Whilst it did not specifically mention this measure, the Malta Developers Association (MDA) also stated that it was in agreement with the package of measures announced in June.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|B - Mining And Quarrying||B8 Other mining and quarrying|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Modernisation of construction equipment , measure MT-2020-50/1168 (measures in Malta), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/MT-2020-50_1168.html
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