Sheltons Malta releases Fourth Edition of Bloomberg Country Tax Guide Malta: An essential resource for tax professionals and business owners

The fourth edition of the prestigious Bloomberg Country Tax Guide Malta, prepared by Sheltons has been released.

We cordially invite you to access the full publication through the following link: Country tax guide 2023

2023 Updates:

The 2023 updates cover the changes introduced in the latest budget measures, as well as a deeper analysis in certain areas. The most relevant chapters which have been impacted by these updates include:

About the Authors:

The authors behind the publication of the Bloomberg Country Tax Guide Malta, are Ivan Zammit and Brian Borg.

Ivan Zammit 

Ivan joined Sheltons in 2006 in Denmark and soon after became director in charge of our Copenhagen office. Ivan is nowadays the partner in charge of our Malta office while still being heavily involved in the Sheltons office in Denmark.

In 2020, Ivan, with assistance from our tax team, was honoured with the Bloomberg Tax International Tax Author Award, the first Maltese to receive this prestigious award.

After receiving his Adv. LLM in international tax law, Ivan accepted a position as a teaching assistant at the International Tax Centre (ITC Leiden) at Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he was involved in the ‘Fundamentals of International taxation’ and ‘Tax treaties’ courses. He continues to lecture on a regular basis on courses organised by ITC Leiden, with particular focus on Transfer Pricing. He also lectures yearly on the Advanced Diploma of International Taxation (ADIT) in various areas of international tax law.

Ivan advises private clients as well as multinational groups on a wide range of tax related areas typically involving cross-border activities. His specialisation includes:

  • Personal tax planning (especially upon relocation within the EU)
  • Transfer pricing
  • APAs, Tax rulings and opinions
  • Tax accounting for complex transactions
  • Best practice review for corporate income taxes

Ivan speaks English and Maltese and is fluent in Danish and Italian. He also reads Spanish and French.

Brian Borg

Brian joined Sheltons in 2017 and is a Senior Tax Manager at Sheltons office in Malta.

In 2019, Brian completed his professional education with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and became a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in Malta.

Brian works with both Maltese and international clients operating in Malta, assisting with a wide variety of tax, corporate, finance and accounting matters.

Brian speaks English and Maltese and is fluent in Italian.

About Bloomberg Tax & Accounting

Bloomberg Tax & Accounting provides comprehensive global research, news and technology services enabling tax and accounting professionals to get the timely, accurate, and in-depth information they need to plan and comply with confidence. Our flagship Bloomberg Tax platform combines the proven expertise and perspectives of leading practitioners in our renowned Tax Management Portfolios™ with integrated news from the industry-leading Daily Tax Report®, authoritative analysis and insights, primary sources, and time-saving practice tools. Bloomberg Tax technology solutions help practitioners simplify complex processes to better mitigate risk and maximize profitability. For more information, visit

Back to Blogs 

This article was published on 22 July 2020 in Corriere di Malta newspaper

Grants for businesses to provide training

Enabling business training processes means investing in its people to increase the skills of both the individual employee and the work group. The result is not only the professional development of people, but also the growth of the business. In addition, by motivating and rewarding human resources, training has the advantage of acquiring knowledge and new skills filling some internal gaps, enhancing and discovering talents.

But training has a cost that needs to be assessed before setting up a plan. And it must be absolutely checked whether there are grants or incentives, even non repayable investments, that can facilitate this path and in some way reduce programming costs.

In Malta, entrepreneurs and public authorities are fully aware of the important value of human resources and employee training is a priority for both manufacturing companies and service providers. For this reason, the Government takes this issue in high regard and has studied some measures that help the entrepreneur to reduce the costs.

One of these measures provides a specific incentive for small and medium-sized enterprises, but also for large ones, those outside the European definition, and also for self-employed people.

The assumption is that they are carrying out an economic activity.

The incentive is directed to training and knowledge transfer initiatives that will support employees to acquire skills, know how and knowledge, provided that these skills are not mandatory for the exercise of a given activity.

In principle, the grant is made in the form of the tax credit, but the competent authority may also decide to grant the relief in the form of a non repayable contribution and a mix can also be decided, a part non refundable and the rest in the form of the tax credit.

The amount of the aid varies depending on the size of the applicant. This ranges from a maximum of 70% in the case of small business to a percentage of 50% in the case of large enterprises.

Contributions provided by this measure are directed to the support of the training provided to one or more employees of the company through:

(a) other employees of the company itself (e.g. a senior who trains junior staff);

(b) employees of companies linked to the beneficiary company;

(c) external experts;

(d) private training companies (with an NCFHE license).

The costs eligible for training projects are as follows:

(a) consulting costs for the development of the training programme;

(b) wage costs of those involved in the training activity, calculated on the basis of the actual hours of training;

(c) wage of trainers, covering the hours directly devoted to the provision of training;

(d) hourly costs covering direct hours of training service providers engaged to deliver training;

(e) air travel expenses incurred for participation in training courses abroad, if the training is not available locally and it is more economically feasible than holding the training locally;

(f) air travel expenses incurred to bring trainers to Malta;

(g) costs of renting training rooms, tools and equipment, to the extent that they are used exclusively for the training project.

It is necessary to apply for the grant before 30 November 2022 and a cost plan must be prepared for a training programme which can only start after the application for the grant is submitted.

If you need advice to understand what expenses to bring in, in which category your company is classified and you need to be assisted in the preparation of the application, remember that we can assist you.

Just contact us at the email provided below.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

This article was published on 05 July 2020 in Corriere di Malta newspaper

Grants for diversification and internationalisation of companies

At this delicate stage of the economy, companies need to strengthen their business by opening in new markets or by activating new services or product lines. Besides, they can also become more competitive through enhancing innovation or by diversifying internal productions or organisational processes.

The Government of Malta provides some measures that allow small and medium-sized enterprises to grow and internationalise thanks to the support of some grants. Let us analyse how.

Participation in international trade fairs, for example, is a traditional but always good way to allow your products or services to be known and to be able to increase orders, especially if you can present in the stands something innovative with respect to the existing products or services.

One of the incentive still available this year, with several deadlines for submissions in the coming months, is the incentive that provides for a maximum grant of EUR 10,000 to cover 50% of the costs of participation at fairs held abroad, aimed at introducing new products and services in new markets with the aim of strengthening the presence of the company at international level.

This measure also supports the participation to trade fairs abroad as part of trade missions abroad.

In this case, the costs which could be reimbursed refer to:

  • Participation fee.
  • Rental of hexibition space/stand.
  • Expenses for services related to the construction and installation of the stand.
  • Travel expenses for up to 2 employees/administrators representing the company.
  • Per Diem allowance for up to 2 employees/administrators representing the company up to a maximum of 8 nights according to the rates set by the Ministry of Finance.
  • Costs related to the design and printing of advertising material within the limits of the guidelines.
  • Shipping costs of the products that will be displayed in the stand.

All the costs described above must be incurred from external sources to the beneficiary company.

Moreover, another way to achieve new goals and lead the company towards new development and real growth paths is via innovation and diversification projects. Also for this, there are support measures.

Especially in this period companies have been looking for and are still thinking about new paths, For example, we are assisting a company active in the manufacturing sector and that manufactures products destined for the tourism sector. The company has suffered a drop in turnover and its aware that tourism will start again in a year time or two. Still, the entrepreneurs who lead this company have decided to move towards innovation so to strengthen their product and, at the same time, develop a new type of service. Such service will operate in a completely different field and can be activated right away. So, this is what innovation is all about: is the ability to get back into the game in other areas while continuing the existing path.

But let us go back to the analysis of the aids available.

There is one which deadline for submitting applications is at the end of this month. This tool aims to specifically support companies in developing investment strategies for their diversification, for the implementation of substantial change or for bringing significantly improved and innovative products/services to the market, compared to those already offered by the company.

In this case, it will be necessary to develop a business plan with the aim of better defining the specific activities. For example, activities which can be supported by this measure are:

  • production diversification in an existing plant of different products or services;
  • implementation of a substantial change in the production process of an existing plant;
  • adoption of solutions for the development of a significantly improved product service.

To be eligible for such aid measures, companies must operate in certain sectors, such as:

  • The production, manufacture, improvement, assembly, preservation, processing of goods, materials, commodities, equipment, plant machinery.
  • Biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences.
  • Research and technological innovation.
  • The repair, overhaul or maintenance of pleasure boats, yachts, aircraft.
  • Development of information and communication technologies (ICT), software development.
  • Eco-innovations and environmental solutions.
  • Developments of tourism products and/or services because of networks created between traditional tour operators and craft companies.
  • Development and supply of tourism products and/or services related to emerging niche markets.
  • Development and supply of tourist products and/or services related to social tourism with a focus on the elderly.
  • Development and provision of childcare-related services and products.
  • Development and creation of artisanal products.

While the costs covered by this measure are as follows:

  • Leasing and rental costs of premises required for the operation of the enterprise activity for the duration of the project. Such costs must not exceed 10% of the project’s total eligible expenditure.
  • Costs of building and improving the premises for the operation of the business activity. Such costs must not exceed 10% of the project’s total eligible expenditure.
  • Costs for the purchase of equipment, machinery and/or plant. Machinery and equipment can also be used, refurbished, or reconstituted, but only under certain conditions set out in the guidelines.
  • Costs related to patents or licenses essential for the effective implementation of the project. Such costs must not exceed 10% of the total eligible expenses of the project.
  • Costs of the full-time salary of a “Change Manager” who has the ability to drive the necessary change within the company through diversification or a substantial change initiative, for the duration of the project, i.e. for a period of no more than 24 months.

In addition to the typical documentation to be provided in such cases, to benefit of this aid measure a project must be supported by a solid business plan that must be attached to the application. Such business plan must include some minimum requirements, defined by the guidelines, requirements normally provided in any standard business plan.

If you need help developing a new project, or developing a good business plan, or evaluating which type of state aid or financial support measure is best suited to your initiative, be aware that we can help. Simply send us an email at the address below.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

This article was published on 28 June 2020 in Corriere di Malta newspaper

How to finance the cost of a business plan

In one of the previous articles we have analysed how important it is to implement a business plan that, on the one hand, can be a useful tool for entrepreneurs and managers who want to develop a project or start a start-up and, on the other hand, can also constitute a credible document to convince investors, banks and public authorities.

It is normal for companies to seek the assistance of a professional, experienced in the drafting of business plans. The Government of Malta provides for the possibility of recovering part of the professional’s cost through a reimbursement procedure up to 80% of the cost, equal to the amount of EUR 4,000 out of a maximum expenditure of EUR 5,000.

However, when filling out the application, be careful to follow the rules defined by the Government’s guidelines. For example, there are some aspects of importance we would like to highlight for you to avoid making mistakes.

First, it is necessary to check deadlines: applications are to be submitted, through an online platform, by certain dates (open calls), the next one is 17 July 2020. But don’t panic, there are also other further deadlines and the last one is scheduled for 30 November 2020.

In addition, it should be verified that your business can actually be defined as micro, small or medium-sized enterprise and that it is included in the list of eligible sectors. For example, steel processing companies, transport companies or those that provide insurance financial services, or which produce advertising material, are excluded.

Besides, it is not possible to include among the costs those relating to ongoing services such as tax advice services provided routinely, or legal or advertising advice services that are provided regularly.

Another very important aspect relates to the professional advising on the drafting of the business plan. The professional consultant or consultancy company must external and anyhow independent from the company who intends to apply for the grant, in the sense that there must be no business relationship between the two. In addition, the professional providing you with his/her consultancy should be listed in a special registry before the Ministry which manages these funds. So do check on your consultant to verify he/she is duly registered.

Among the various declarations and certificates to be attached to the application, there is a very important statement relating to so-called “de minimis aid”, which is now well known by companies that are used to submit applications for grants.

The so called “de minimis aid” is a measure that has all the characteristics of a State Aid, but does not distort competition nor has an impact on trade since such aid does not exceed a preset amount and it is granted to a company in a given period of time. Therefore, such aid is not considered as State Aid in strict sense and does not follow the notification procedure which otherwise would involve complications and long times.

The rule is that a company can receive “de minimis” subsidies from a Member State within three years, within the maximum of EUR 200,000.

Moreover, if various companies, formally separated, act on the market as a single entity, by virtue of the links between them, through forms of control or connection with the company applying for the grant, in this case it is necessary to consider them all as a single company and must declare those positions in the application, also including the relevant balance sheets.

The approval procedure is not normally very long and in the event that the Evaluation Committee does not approve the application, it sends a letter describing the reasons why the application was not approved with the possibility of appeal within 10 days from the notification date and in this case a board will re-evaluate the application on the basis of the reasons given in the appeal procedure.

Following the approval of the application, an agreement is reached between the public authority that manages the funds and the contact person identified by the company that applied for the contribution.

At this point the consultancy service covered by the application, in this case the business plan, can be developed and once finished, transmitted in the final version along with the request for reimbursement.

As this measure is co-financed by the European Union, the beneficiary has an obligation to give visibility to the intervention following the guidelines rules.

If you are about to start a new business or develop a new project, you will surely need a good business plan. Please consider seeking our assistance for developing such a business plan as we can provide you with any information and support you need to identify the scheme that best suits your specific project and submit its application.

You can easily contact us by sending an email at the address below.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

This article was published on 21 June 2020 in Corriere di Malta newspaper

Inside the new measures to support businesses

In the last article we anticipated the content of the package of new measures that the Maltese Government announced a few days ago to support the recovery of the economy following the COVID-19.

Today we can provide more detail in our analysis and, in this article, we intend to summarise the main incentives that are made available for business support. Such financial aids include the drafting of business plans, the investments in machinery, equipment, materials, assistance to open new markets and for the training of employees.

Businesses are facing a new reality now that the COVID-19 emergency is behind them and will therefore have to redesign their business plans so that they can tackle the new challenges with determination. For this purpose, an aid measure of up to EUR 5,000 has been introduced for the development of business plans by external consultants. The budget allocated for this measure is EUR 2.5 million and will allow you to use more technology in your business by guiding the country more and more towards a digital economy.

In the construction sector, EUR 4 million has been allocated to enable companies to purchase modern, more efficient machinery that reduces environmental impact as well as reduces costs. The maximum incentive each company can get is EUR 200,000.

Those companies that in 2019 obtained a tax credit through Microinvest, the development support measure managed by Malta Enterprise, the operational arm of the Government, will now be able to obtain the conversion of 30% of the tax credit into a corresponding contribution to the cost of restructuring and improving offices and factories, investments in machinery and other equipment. This measure was designed to support those at a disadvantage having made investments last year, just before the outbreak of the pandemic. The maximum grant is EUR 2,000 for all companies, while it reaches EUR 2,500 for companies located in Gozo, family-run businesses and those run by women entrepreneurs.

As Malta’s traditional business markets may be in a weak position at the moment, opening up to new markets such as the African continent, the Middle East and Latin America can strengthen the capacity for economic recovery even if there is an element of risk that hinders access to these markets. To encourage this new opening and help companies to address this risk, EUR 10 million has been put in place to activate an export credit guarantee system to be managed by Malta Enterprise with the help of Malta Development Bank.

In addition, Malta Enterprise will define a cash grant in the maximum limit of 80% of eligible costs to support companies in the implementation of projects that increase or start the production of products being relevant to COVID-19 or that involve the diversification of existing production towards products connected with COVID-19.

Investments must be completed within 6 months from the start of work and eligible costs must be incurred after 1 February 2020. These include material and intangible goods, the cost of personnel developing tools for collecting and processing data (including Artificial Intelligence solutions) to support the medical profession and public issues associated with COVID-19. Also included are the costs for testing new plants and the material costs required for such tests and the data sets acquired to the test the processing and data collection processes. The measure will be available until 31 December 2020.

Finally, Malta Enterprise will strengthen an existing skills development measure, called the Skills Development Scheme. This measure will enable more beneficiaries to be reached through an additional EUR 5 million to be allocated to small businesses, those with no more than 50 employees. The aim is to support employee training, especially internal training by focusing on sharing skills between the most experienced and the youngest.

As you can see the measures activated by the government are numerous, you only have to wait for the enactment of the operational criteria and then activate in the preparation of any business plans and applications for access to the different facilitative opportunities.

Please do remember that if you need assistance in this regard you can contact us by writing to the email address below. We will be happy to help you.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

This article was published on 11 June 2020 in Corriere di Malta newspaper

‘A Better Tomorrow.’ The Government’s new measures to boost the economy

A couple of months ago we anticipated that new governmental measures would be launched to support the restart of the economy. Such new measures complement those already approved in recent months and are all in response of the crisis caused by COVID-19.

The Prime Minister has in fact just announced a series of new measures to enable the economy to recover rapidly in the wake of the crisis caused by COVID-19 by putting in place a EUR 900 million package partly designed to support and develop businesses.

The relaunch plan under the name “A Better Tomorrow” is based on three main pillars:

  1. Reduce costs for companies and support them with new funding.
  2. Promote domestic demand by encouraging consumption.
  3. Provide direct support to companies by encouraging work.

In this article we will examine in detail why these measures are relevant for businesses. Please notice that our analysis is based on the first official information released by the Government. It will take a few more days for the Government to announce further application provisions.

In any case, at present, the relevant measures are as follows:

  • The wage supplement already provided by the first COVID-19 measures will remain unchanged until September 2020 and tourism companies will continue to receive the allowance of 800 euros per month for each employee in the case of full-time work and 500 euros for part-time employees. The sectors concerned are tourist accommodation, travel agencies, language schools, event organisation and air transport. Other companies that do not belong to the tourism sector, which are already included in Annex A, will receive a total of 600 euros for each full-time employee and 375 for part-time employees from July to September 2020;
  • Reimbursement of 50% of electricity bills paid by companies for three months (July, August and September) up to a maximum of 1,500 euros per applicant;
  • Companies listed in Annex A and B may benefit from a concession of up to 2,500 euros for the cost of renting commercial space for July, August and September;
  • The deferral regime for the payment of taxes will be maintained until September 2020, with deferred payments to be settled for a period of 12 months. From 1 July, no deferral will be allowed for the payment of tax and social security contributions established by the “Final Settlement System tax and social security” withheld from wages;
  • Those who have invested in their activities will be helped by converting up to 30% of tax credits through the Microinvest programme into cash grant. A total of 5 million euros will be distributed. Businesses in Malta will receive a maximum of 2,000 euros, while companies in Gozo and those run by women will receive up to 2,500 euros;
  • Financing of 5,000 euros per company, especially small ones, to develop new business plans an re-engineering their business;
  • Funding for employee training for companies employing less than 50 people with an endowment of EUR 5 million for the current Skills Development Scheme run by Malta Enterprise;
  • A refund of 33% will be granted in port taxes for a period of 6 months for those ships carrying goods to Malta excluding transfer operations;
  • A 10% refund will be granted for a period of 6 months in container discharge fees on import and export of goods, but not for transhipment operations;
  • Up to 10,000 euros will be granted aid to companies investing in digital promotion campaigns for new foreign markets, while up to 80% of the costs incurred by companies for participation in international trade fairs that have been cancelled will be reimbursed;
  • Aid, coordinated by the Malta Development Bank, is planned for those companies looking to new markets with an endowment of EUR 10 million to establish an export credit guarantee system;
  • 4 million has been allocated to enable the construction industry to modernise its machinery in order to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly. Contributions of up to 200,000 euros will be made available.

This set of measure is the largest injection of funds the Government has ever made in Malta’s history. In the coming days we shall keep you updated on any relevant news and on the implementation procedures of the measures described above.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any assistance.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

This article was published on 3 May 2020 in Corriere di Malta newspaper

Malta: COVID-19. The new funds for research and development – opening of the tender

Last April, the European Commission approved an amount of € 5.3 million funds destined for Malta to offer grants to public and private companies for research and development (R&D) projects. Such projects must focus on activities related to the current pandemic but can also be directed towards the prevention of future infectious diseases, as well as the control and containment of their spreads, and other antiviral research projects, by developing methodologies for the future on the basis, so quotes the legislation, of “the lessons learned during the current pandemic”.

The maximum amount of the contribution varies depending on whether the project can be classified as a Fundamental Research (100%), Industrial Research (80%) and Experimental Development (80%).
In the case of Industrial Research and Experimental Development projects, the amount of the contribution can be increased by a further 15% if it is conducted in collaboration with research organisations or other companies from other European countries. In this regard, it is necessary to distinguish the concept of fundamental or basic research that is conducted by scientists, researchers and scholars to acquire new knowledge on the fundamentals of phenomena, from industrial research and experimental development which are instead conducted by production companies, for example also in collaboration with laboratories, research centres and universities. The funds allocated under this scheme therefore represent an opportunity also for companies, not only for research centres or universities, which can access such contributions if they carry out industrial research and experimental development activities as defined by European research and development legislation; for example, researches aimed at acquiring new knowledge, to be used to develop new products, processes or services or to allow an improvement of existing products, processes or services. Besides, funds are also available for those companies carrying out experimental development activities that allow the acquisition, combination, structuring and use of existing knowledge and skills of a scientific, technological, commercial and other nature, in order to produce plans, projects or designs for new, modified or improved products, processes or services.

This scheme covers all projects focused on COVID-19 including those that have received the ‘Seal of Excellence’ (European Union seal of excellence through Horizon 2020) that started on 1 February 2020 and subsequently but not after 31 December 2020. The duration of the projects must be a maximum of 18 months.

The program is managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology and Malta Enterprise, the government’s operating arm.

To participate in tender, a specific application form has been prepared.

The aim of the tender is to support the development of innovative solutions so to face the current health problems related to coronavirus, such as: new medicines and treatments, medical instruments, medical and hospital equipment, disinfectants, collection and transformation methods of data and applications that allow better dissemination of information by government authorities.

The costs that can be included in the project concern:

  • The salaries of researchers, technicians and other staff directly involved in the project.
  • Specific research equipment including digital tools, computers for diagnosing, collecting and transforming data.
  • Other operating expenses such as consumables, patents, conformity assessment, medical instruments, disinfectants and person protections.

Applications for contributions must be submitted electronically by 30 November 2020.

Should you wish to have further information or assistance with the preparation and presentation of the application to this tender do send us an email at the address below.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

This article was published on 16 April 2020 on Corriere di Malta newspaper

First step to start the project you always wished for

Public funds available for consultancy and website development costs

In last week’s article, we highlighted the importance of taking advantage of this period in which economic activities are stuck or are suffering, to reflect and prepare well for the restart that could already occur in a few months.

We have underlined how it can be useful to rethink your business and maybe reinvent yourself since the world has suddenly changed.

New needs are emerging, consumers’ needs are different, habits are changing, perhaps we will use other suppliers, we will have to look for new reference countries, change the ways we relate and do business.

In all this, however, opportunities for new products and services may arise.

Today we will focus on some government funds co-financed by the European Union that can partially reimburse the expenses for the preparation of a solid business plan or for the creation of a new website or for implementation of the existing one.

Because liquidity is fundamental for any company, bank loans at a very low rate and backed up by public guarantee have already been made available. But this is not enough. It could help any company even more to take advantage of non-refundable benefits, but in order to obtain them it is necessary to wait for months and therefore it is advisable to anticipate the need well in advance.

The Government of Malta, for example, provides funds co-financed by the European Union to cover consultancy expenses for an amount equal to 80% of the related cost corresponding to a contribution of 4,000 euros Such funds could be used for the following activities:

  • The development of a business plan;
  • The realisation of a feasibility study;
  • The corporate reorganisation; or
  • The review of internal processes and systems.

To obtain the reimbursement of such expenses, it is necessary to submit and sign a contribution application by accessing an online platform and by attaching the required documentation. The business plan must be developed by an external consultancy company included in the list of authorised intermediaries. Sheltons Malta, the company through which we operate, is one of them.

Another investment that could not have a major financial impact on a company is the creation or implementation of an e-commerce site.

At this point, in time when companies are faced with a fast changing reality, with new ways of selling, delivering products/services and making payments, a powerful e-commerce site becomes really important to serve consumers who are getting more and more used to shopping online and want to have everything delivered at home.

In this case too, the Government intervenes with public funds to partially cover costs.

This is not a new measure, it was created a few years ago with the aim of supporting companies in developing their presence on existing and new markets.

Today more than ever this financial tool can be useful to allow a company to operate anew in now closed or obsolete markets, due to the current deadlock, and therefore allow to seize opportunities that were not previously considered at all.

In this case, the costs can be covered up to 50% and up to an amount of 5,000 euros. The contribution bears the costs of creating, developing and implementing an e-commerce site and/or mobile applications. Besides it also finances the cost of implementing an existing website or creating applications capable of managing online sales and bookings. Costs for the creation of online payment systems are also included.

If you wish to have further information or assistance to prepare a plan or submit a contribution application, we are available to help you.

Stefano De Stalis
European Affairs and State Aid Manager
Sheltons Malta

The 2020 Budget in Malta was announced on 22 October 2019.

Despite the small size, during the first six months of 2019, the Maltese economy has grown by 4.7%, more than three times the EU average rate of 1.4%.

Here are some of the highlights from the budget, and the most notable developments for potential investors interested in Malta:

  1. Malta continues to promote and adopt various policies in the Blockchain and Fintech sectors. A number of new laws regulating DLT, mainly the Virtual Financial Asset Act, Malta Digital Innovation Authority and the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Act have been introduced during the past year, making Malta on of the first jurisdictions in the world to regulate this innovative technology sector.
  2. Malta has renewed its commitment to adopt the recommendations done by MONEYVAL to increase its compliance with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws.
  3. Plans for a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence have been announced and the government has shown commitment in continuing its investment in this sector, including the implementation of AI in the public sector.
  4. New measures are being introduced to assist companies in the Digital Arts, games programming, media production and e-sport sectors. This is in-line with previous investment done in 2019, most notably the expansion of the Institute for Digital Games at the University of Malta.
  5. The investment in the aviation industry has also been bolstered, with the government announcing new measures and retention of existing measures including investment aid and the accessibility to industrial space and finance for qualifying companies looking to tap into this sector.
  6. Renewed support to companies looking to establish themselves in the medical cannabis sectors has been announced. Existing grants and new measures consist of the grant of land to companies compliant with the Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Research Act, which want to establish research and production facilities in Malta.
  7. Malta has registered an increase in tourists visiting the island of around 4.7% from the previous year, which brings up the number of tourists which have spent their holidays in Malta to 2.7 million.
  8. A general effort to reduce bureaucracy in government departments has been announced, with the aim to facilitate new business looking to set-up in Malta.

Should you have interest in the above, or wish to discuss this in more detail, you are very welcome to write to us at Our Malta office would be more than happy to hear from you.