Category Archives: Partnership for the Accession of Malta

The aim of the Accession Partnership is to assist the authorities in the candidate country (in this case, Malta) in their efforts to comply with the accession criteria. It covers in detail the priorities for accession preparations, in particular implementing the acquis, and forms the basis for programming pre-accession assistance from Community funds such as the Phare programme. Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003 and the official integration of the country into the European Union on 1 May 2004, the accession partnership has come to an end.

Malta – internal market

Malta – internal market

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – internal market

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – internal market

Short-term priorities:

  • adopt a new Patents Act in line with the European Patent Convention and the EC Regulations creating a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products and for plant protection products;
  • company law: continue alignment, in particular transpose the 11th Directive;
  • data protection: adopt national legislation in accordance with EU directives;
  • free movement of goods: the abolition of levies on imports from the European Union;
  • free movement of goods: eliminate levies on imports from the EU;
  • align civil and consumer policy legislation with the product liability directive by providing rules on the manufacturer’s strict liability;
  • adopt a precise calendar for achieving free movement of capital, starting by dismantling restrictions on long-term inward and outward capital flows;
  • adopt a merger law;
  • ensure application of competition rules to public undertakings with special or exclusive rights;
  • adopt a State aid law and set up a State aid monitoring authority;
  • complete State aid inventory and annual State aid reports;
  • telecommunications: establish independent national regulatory authority;
  • audiovisual: complete alignment of legislation;
  • continue transposition and establish timetable for full legislative alignment of VAT and excise duties legislation;
  • ensure that new tax measures comply with the principles of the code of conduct for business taxation;
  • customs: design a timetable for harmonisation of legislation;
  • adopt the Combined Nomenclature and harmonised rules of origin;
  • implement the Single Administrative Document;
  • reinforce institutional and administrative capacity in terms of computerisation.

Assessment (November 2001)

No progress has been made on data protection and company law. On the other hand, the priorities concerning the free movement of goods have progressed well. There are still some obstacles to the free movement of capital. The alignment of competition is progressing, as is the creation of an authority to supervise and monitor State aid. An independent authority has been set up in the telecommunications sector. Alignment has been almost completed for the audiovisual sector. The alignment of VAT and excise duties is progressing well. Further efforts are required with regard to customs, particularly on the Combined Nomenclature and rules of origin.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • public procurement: continue alignment;
  • adapt the judicial review system to the requirements of the relevant directives;
  • data protection: establish independent supervisory authority;
  • ensure sufficient independence of standardisation, certification, accreditation and metrology bodies;
  • align national legislation in the field of pharmaceuticals with the acquis;
  • abolish remaining restrictions on inward and outward capital movements in order to achieve full liberalisation;
  • align banking rules on deposit guarantee schemes and consolidate supervision;
  • adjust legislation on payment systems;
  • complete alignment of legislation in the securities sector;
  • complete alignment of mutual recognition of diplomas;
  • reinforce the competition authorities;
  • ensure conformity of State aid system;
  • bring the telecommunications regulatory frameworks fully in line with the acquis;
  • full alignment of the tax acquis, including the Community’s transitional VAT regime;
  • review existing laws and ensure compatibility with the code of conduct for business taxation;
  • consumer protection: continue alignment and strengthen market surveillance and enforcement authorities;
  • customs: complete alignment of legislation including customs procedures with an economic impact, free zones, customs warehouses, tariff quotas and ceilings, suspensions, counterfeited and pirated goods and a binding tariff information system;
  • reinforce the organisation, in particular to prepare for the operational management of all customs procedures with economic impact, the system of tariff suspensions and the administration of tariff quotas and ceilings;
  • continue fight against fraud and corruption.

Assessment (November 2001)

There has been no progress on public procurement. There has been progress on ensuring the independence of standardisation bodies, the mutual recognition of diplomas and the complete liberalisation of capital. Little progress has been made on the free movement of goods. The Maltese system of State aid is not in line with the acquis. However, administrative capacities both in this field and in the customs sector have been reinforced. The alignment of VAT, consumer protection and customs has progressed well.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC, 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Justice and Home Affairs

Malta – Justice and Home Affairs

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Justice and Home Affairs

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Justice and Home Affairs

Short-term priorities:

  • To lift the geographical reservation to the 1951 Geneva Convention in the field of asylum;
  • To boost participation in international cooperation in the field of justice;
  • To adopt specific legislation on asylum and to set up structures in charge of dealing with asylum requests;
  • To sign the Council of Europe Agreement on illicit drug trafficking by sea;
  • To strengthen the staff of the economic crime squad and the services in charge of the fight against drugs;
  • To ratify the European convention on the laundering, search, seizure, and confiscation of the proceeds from crime;
  • To sign the Council of Europe criminal law convention on corruption and the OECD Convention on bribery.

Assessment (November 2001)

With regard to asylum policy, Malta has announced that it will lift the geographical reservation to the Geneva Convention on Refugees. Maltese legislation is now aligned with the Union acquis. The Council of Europe agreement on the trafficking of drugs by sea has been signed and the services responsible for the fight against drugs have been strengthened. Thus priorities have been acted on to a large extent.

Evaluation (October 2002)

Malta has continued its efforts to implement the law on refugees and to bring its laws on immigration into line with the Community acquis.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term objectives:

  • To continue with the progressive alignment of visa legislation and practice with that of the European Union;
  • To continue the fight against trafficking in women and children.

Assessment (November 2001)

No progress has been made on legislation relating to justice and home affairs.

Evaluation (October 2002)

Malta has adopted and begun to implement a timetable for bringing policy and practices relating to visas into line with the acquis.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002)700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Environment

Malta – Environment

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Environment

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Environment

Short-term priorities:

  • adopt a strategy and a detailed, Directive-specific programme for the transposition, implementation and enforcement of the EU environmental acquis, in particular through the development of framework and sectoral legislation, together with preparation of the necessary implementing regulations;
  • plan for financing investments (Directive specific) based on yearly estimates of the cost of alignment and sources of State or private financing;
  • transposition and enforcement of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.

Assessment (November 2001)

The law on environmental protection has been adopted. This is framework legislation. The Directive on environmental impact assessment has been adopted, unlike the strategies for transposition and implementation of the acquis, which are still lacking. The same applies in respect of the plan for financing investments.

Assessment (October 2002)

Malta has made substantial progress with transposing the acquis, particularly regarding the horizontal legislation, waste management, industrial pollution control and nature protection. However, further efforts are still needed in the latter sector, particularly as regards birds. Plans have been drawn up for implementing the acquis, and implementation has already started in relation to the waste framework directives, packaging and packaging waste, landfill of waste, urban waste water treatment, the phasing out of leaded petrol and industrial risk management. Considerable efforts are nonetheless needed, especially in the waste sector.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • continued transposition and implementation of the acquis, with particular emphasis on the framework, horizontal and environmental protection legislation on water quality and waste management;
  • increase in institutional, administrative and monitoring capacities;
  • integration of sustainable development principles into the definition and implementation of all other sectoral policies.

Assessment (November 2001)

Limited progress has been made in respect of framework legislation, horizontal legislation, waste management, nature protection and water protection. There has been no progress with regard to administrative capacity. Little progress has been made with integrating sustainable development into sectoral policies.

Assessment (October 2002)

Administrative, monitoring and enforcement capacity has been stepped up with the establishment of the competent authority for environmental protection. Continued attention is needed regarding the integration of environmental requirements into the formulation and implementation of other sectoral policies.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC, 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Energy

Malta – Energy

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Energy

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Energy

Short-term priorities:

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • preparation for the internal energy market, particularly the electricity and gas directives (including adaptation of energy prices to cost levels and the establishment of a regulatory authority);
  • alignment of national legislation (oil stock and energy efficiency requirements) on the acquis;
  • restructuring of Malta’s institutional structures to separate policy formulation and regulation and reinforcement of its capacity to implement the acquis.

Assessment (November 2001)

Malta has made limited progress in the fields of energy efficiency and the preparation of the internal energy market. Policy formation and regulation have been separated by creating a Maltese resource management authority. The priorities in this area have largely been respected.

Assessment (October 2002)

Malta has progressed with its preparations for the internal energy market, notably by implementing the Malta Resources Authority Act. However the Electricity Directive still needs to be transposed. Malta has taken legislative steps to improve energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78 of 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Agriculture

Malta – Agriculture

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Agriculture

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Agriculture

Short-term priorities:

Agriculture

  • Preparing the measures necessary for the creation and operation of administrative structures responsible for the common agricultural policy and rural development policy;
  • Continuing to align veterinary and plant health legislation and improving inspection arrangements, particularly at the future external borders.

Assessment (November 2001)
There has been progress only on alignment with the veterinary acquis. Border controls must be reinforced. A start has been made on preparing to implement the common agricultural and rural development policy.

Assessment (October 2002)
Malta must complete its transposition of agricultural legislation.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

Agriculture

  • Continuing preparations for implementing the common agricultural policy and rural development policy.

Assessment (November 2001)
Malta has made only limited progress.

Assessment (October 2002)
Malta must continue its efforts to align with Community legislation.

Fisheries

  • Continuing with alignment, particularly as regards control, imports, State aid and bringing the fleet register into compliance.

Assessment (November 2001)
Malta has made some progress by adopting framework legislation to prepare for the adoption of the remaining acquis.

Assessment (October 2002)
Despite the fact that there has been some progress, major efforts must be made in this area.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Transport

Malta – Transport

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Transport

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Transport

Short-term priorities:

  • Adoption of a strategy and timetable for the transposition and implementation of the acquis, particularly in the field of aviation and maritime transport (including maritime safety).

Assessment (November 2001)

Malta has no official strategy or schedule for transposing the acquis in the field of maritime and air transport. A maritime action plan has been drawn up, however.

Assessment (October 2002)

Malta has continued to progress with the alignment and implementation of maritime transport legislation, taking into account its latest developments, and in particular with the enforcement of maritime safety standards. It has continued to step up the administrative capacity of the Maritime Authority and has started to improve the flag State performance of the Maltese merchant fleet.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • Compliance with road transport (market access, road safety, rules for dangerous goods and taxation), maritime transport and aviation legislation (particularly air safety and air traffic management).

Assessment (November 2001)

Malta has made limited progress with regard to road and air transport, and some progress in the field of maritime transport.

Assessment (October 2002)

Malta has made little progress in aligning road transport legislation, notably access to the profession, fiscal harmonisation and transport of dangerous goods, or air transport legislation.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78 of 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – employment and social affairs

Malta – employment and social affairs

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – employment and social affairs

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – employment and social affairs

Short-term priorities:

  • support the social partners’ capacity-building efforts in order to develop and implement the acquis.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • transposal and implementation of European Union legislation in the fields of health and safety at work, labour law, equal opportunities and public health;
  • strengthen related administrative structures and the necessary structures to ensure coordination in the area of social security;
  • preparation of a national employment strategy.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Regional Policy

Malta – Regional Policy

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Regional Policy

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Regional Policy

Short-term priorities:

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • drawing up a national economic and social cohesion policy designed to reduce internal disparities, prepare for the implementation of the Structural Funds and create evaluation structures.

Assessment (November 2001)

Malta has not drawn up a national development plan for economic and social cohesion. However, preliminary steps have been taken to set up the administrative structures needed to implement the Structural Funds.

Assessment (October 2002)

Malta has made significant progress in its preparations to implement a policy aimed at reducing regional disparities. As regards territorial organisation, a NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Statistical Units) classification is in place: the country has been designated as a single region at NUTS levels I and II, and two regions at NUTS level III (Malta on the one hand, and Gozo and Comino on the other hand). The Regional Policy Directorate, directly attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, will be the managing authority, and the International Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Finance has been designated as the paying authority. These management structures have been strengthened with significant numbers of extra staff and have received general and specific training, some of which took place abroad. With regard to programming, Malta is finalising its national development plan for 2003-06 and has started drafting its single programming document (SPD). In April 2002, a special needs assessment study for Gozo was prepared, which will serve as the basis for formulating a separate priority in the SPD. In order to ensure that the partnership principle is applied, sectoral working groups have been set up. In the field of monitoring and evaluation, the Inter-Ministerial Committee will ensure coordination among the ministries and will act as the main Monitoring Committee. No significant developments can be reported with regard to legislation, financial management and control, or statistics.

Malta has provisionally closed negotiations on the regional policy chapter without requesting any transitional arrangements. Generally speaking, its preparation for implementing an economic and social cohesion policy is well advanced. In order to comply fully with the requirements of the Community acquis, progress is still necessary in strengthening its administrative capacity and allocating tasks in the institutional structures which will be responsible for managing the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. Malta also needs to improve its programming capacity and the technical preparation of future projects eligible for assistance (project pipeline). As regards partnership, the sub-committee of the Council for Economic and Social Development needs to be made operational. To guarantee monitoring and evaluation in line with the acquis requirements, continued efforts are needed for the ex-ante evaluation of the SPD, to define the monitoring indicators and collect statistics. Otherwise, as far as financial management and control are concerned, Malta is well advanced in finalising the specific procedures for control, auditing, certification of expenses and correction of irregularities. The Internal Audit and Investigations Directorate, directly attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, is an independent body charged with assessing the use of the Structural and Cohesion Funds. In the budgetary field, Malta has a system of three-year rolling business plans, which is flexible enough to transfer allocations between Funds and priorities. Malta still needs to improve its system for collecting and processing statistical information.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Malta – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Short-term priorities:

  • Presentation of a reform programme aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the public administration;
  • Measures to complete the legislative framework for internal and external financial control;
  • Establishment of a central organisation within the government for harmonising internal audit and control functions;
  • Creation of an internal audit and control unit in spending centres;
  • Introduction of functional independence for internal controllers and auditors and ex-ante financial control;
  • Issue of an audit manual and development of an audit trial for control of European Union funds;
  • Access to data on per capita GDP in accordance with EU methodology.

Assessment (November 2001)

The legislative framework for internal and external financial control has been completed. Certain measures aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the public administration have been adopted, but a general reform programme is still lacking. The data on per capita GDP has been produced in accordance with EU methodology.

Assessment (October 2002)

These priorities have not been assessed. The section on the Partnership for accession in the 2002 report focuses on issues which require more work in order to prepare Malta for accession.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • Reform of the public sector;
  • Strengthening of public financial control functions through the provision of adequate staff, training and equipment;
  • Adoption of EU-compatible statistical methodologies and practices, in particular as regards GDP estimation, harmonised consumer price indexes, short-term indicators, social statistics, business register and balance of payments.

Assessment (November 2001)

Public financial control functions have been strengthened. Measures have been adopted to improve the effectiveness of the public administration. EU-compatible statistical methodologies and practices have been adopted.

Assessment (October 2002)

These priorities have not been assessed.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Malta – Economic Reform

Malta – Economic Reform

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Malta – Economic Reform

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Malta

Malta – Economic Reform

Short-term priorities:

  • establish a medium-term economic policy for the creation of a stable and sound macroeconomic environment;
  • establish clear long-term policies on taxation and bring previously unrecorded economic activity within the tax net;
  • define an industrial restructuring policy to accelerate that process, in particular in the agri-food and furniture industries;
  • continue with privatisation.

Assessment (November 2001)

These priorities had already been met in 2000.

Evaluation (October 2002)

Studies have been carried out to help define a restructuring policy for the agri-foodstuffs sector but no clear plan has been adopted.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • reduce public expenditure and the budget deficit;
  • improve tax collection and reform the public sector;
  • restructure loss-making public sector enterprises and ensure that they face market discipline;
  • strengthen the financial system to prepare for a fully liberalised capital account regime;
  • complete the process of privatisation;
  • continue efforts to create the right climate for business start-ups and development;
  • establish an annual fiscal surveillance procedure with a view to approximating accounting, monitoring and control arrangements for public finances, specifically fiscal positions, in the European Union.

Assessment (November 2001)

The Maltese budget deficit has been reduced. Tax collection has been improved. Restructuring of loss-making public sector enterprises has not been completed, nor has the privatisation process. The financial system has been strengthened by liberalisation, greater competition and privatisation. Efforts to create the right climate for business have continued, inter alia via the institute for the promotion of SMEs. An annual fiscal surveillance procedure has been established.

Evaluation (October 2002)

Government efforts on budgetary consolidation have been hindered by the worldwide economic slowdown. The restructuring of loss-making public sector enterprises has progressed slowly. Privatisations have continued, including the Maltese postal service and the airport. Restructuring and development of SMEs has continued. Partnership for accession priorities in this field have been met to a limited extent.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Council Decision 2000/249/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78, 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1751
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1407
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1206
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.