to acquis still experiencing delays
- competition law, yards restructuring amongst areas
By Matthew Vella
Maltas alignment to the EUs acquis communautaire has fallen
behind schedule in certain areas, an EU preliminary monitoring report
Earlier this week in Parliament, Labour MP Evarist Bartolo was told
by Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami the government was not yet aware
of the preliminary report into Maltas status in terms of its alignment
with the EUs acquis communautaire.
The monitoring charts, indicating Maltas progress within the acquis
policy chapters, have highlighted agriculture, shipyard workers
retirement schemes, and piracy amongst the areas in which alignment
has yet to be achieved.
Maltas own deadline commitment has been set at 1 January, 2003.
Despite having yet to complete full alignment, the preliminary monitoring
report has decreed Malta already meets the majority of the acquis commitments
However, delays have occurred in the transposition of aspects of the
first chapter of the acquis on pharmaceuticals, public procurement and
in the non-harmonised areas and removal of import and export licences.
In competition law, delays have occurred in the introduction of provisions
on public undertakings and the implementation of commitments relating
to the Business Promotion Act:
"Urgent attention must be paid to ensure the necessary modifications
to the Business Promotion Act will be adopted," the report reads.
This involves the phasing-out of operating aid under the Business Promotion
Act by the end of 2008. Further subsidiary legislation remains to be
The monitoring charts indicate the Maltese government has not yet submitted
information on the planned release of Maltas shipyard employees.
There has also been a delay in the submission of the first yearly report
on the implementation of the shipyards restructuring plan, which
includes the stoppage of government subsidies by 2008. The information
was due to be sent to the Commission by 31 March 2003.
In fiscal legislation, attention must be paid to the modification of
fiscal aide granted on the basis of old legislation into compatible
aid. Legislation on the fiscal benefits under the Industrial Development
Act and Malta Freeport Act remain to be adopted by accession at the
Within the area of free movement of capital, Malta is meeting the majority
of its commitments but it has not fully liberalised capital movements
for secondary residences. Maltas initial target date was set for
1 January 2003. The full EU monitoring report, the second of its kind,
is expected to be released by the end of the month.