EU closes in­fringe­ments ac­tion against Malta

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Louis Grech

The Euro­pean Union has closed an­other three in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ings against Malta, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Louis Grech con­firmed yes­ter­day. The Col­lege of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved this for­mal de­ci­sion af­ter Malta adopted leg­is­la­tion com­ply­ing with the rel­e­vant EU di­rec­tives.

Mr Grech wel­comed the Col­lege of Com­mis­sion­ers’ de­ci­sion and said that such pos­i­tive re­sults show Malta’s ded­i­ca­tion and ef­forts to close pend­ing in­fringe­ments ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.

Two of the in­fringe­ments were only opened this year. One was opened in March 2016, on mea­sures to re­duce the cost of de­ploy­ing high-speed elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works. The Mal­tese au­thor­i­ties trans­posed this di­rec­tive into na­tional leg­is­la­tion by amend­ing the Util­i­ties and Ser­vices Act, and the In-Build­ing Phys­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture Reg­u­la­tions.

The sec­ond in­fringe­ment was opened in May 2016, con­cern­ing the har­mon­i­sa­tion of the laws of the Mem­ber States to the mak­ing avail­able on the mar­ket, and su­per­vi­sion of, ex­plo­sives for civil uses. This Di­rec­tive was fully trans­posed into Mal­tese leg­is­la­tion by reg­u­la­tion.

The last in­fringe­ment was opened in Novem­ber 2014, due to Malta’s fail­ure to im­ple­ment the agree­ment con­cluded be­tween the Euro­pean Com­mu­nity Shipown­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tions and the Euro­pean Trans­port Work­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion on the Mar­itime Labour Con­ven­tion. The Mal­tese Au­thor­i­ties have now trans­posed this di­rec­tive into na­tional leg­is­la­tion by means of the Mer­chant Ship­ping (Mar­itime Labour Con­ven­tion) Rules.

An­other in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ing that the min­istry is cur­rently work­ing upon re­lates to the recog­ni­tion of pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and on ad­min­is­tra­tive co­op­er­a­tion through the In­ter­nal Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem, with a view to trans­pose this di­rec­tive by the end of this year.

A spokesper­son for the Min­istry for Euro­pean Af­fairs and Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Elec­toral Man­i­festo said that the min­istry is work­ing closely with all the min­istries con­cerned in or­der to en­sure that Euro­pean leg­is­la­tion is trans­posed in a timely man­ner, and to close any in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ings opened against Malta as early as pos­si­ble.

Malta al­ready has a very re­mark­able record in this field. EU sta­tis­tics show that Malta has a very high res­o­lu­tion rate of EU Pilot, a swift re­sponse time, few new in­fringe­ments and open ones, and the low­est num­ber of late trans­po­si­tions.

Com­ment­ing on the Com­mis­sion­ers’ de­ci­sion Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Grech said that Malta’s fast and ef­fec­tive re­sponse to the few in­fringe­ments that we have is an­other build­ing block in bring­ing the Euro­pean Project closer to the Mal­tese peo­ple.

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