This page is aimed at providing updates on the various legislative developments and other measures that are being put in place in Malta in the light of the Covid-19 (corona virus) pandemic.

Covid-19 Legal Updates & Other Measures

MamoTCV Advocates
15 June 2020
On Monday 8th June 2020, the Maltese Government announced another financial aid package aimed at economic regeneration. Amongst the numerous measures put in place to assist businesses in recovering from the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government announced an updated Wage Supplement Scheme which is to take effect from July 2020 up until September 2020.In terms of the said updated Wa...
Jonathan Tonna
12 June 2020
Perhaps the most common complaint about modern legal systems is that they stifle justice for want of simplicity. Lately, however, it seems that what most people had simply regarded as a disappointing (some might say necessary) feature of the law, has become a real and immediate danger. After all, every day wasted on regulatory bureaucracy in the pursuit of a globally available vaccine represents t...
MamoTCV Advocates
08 June 2020
In a Press Release issued on 4th June 2020, the Ministry for Family, Children's Rights and Social Solidarity stated that the temporary benefit granted to parents who stopped working to stay home and take care of their children, together with the additional temporary benefit granted to those persons who lost their employment due to COVID 19 will stop on Friday 3rd July 2020. Additionally, the ...
MamoTCV Advocates
04 June 2020
​The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry for Health have issued a guidance document for offices and workspaces. The document contains measures which should be followed by employers in order to keep employees safe at the workplace and limit the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines have been issued following the Government's announcement that most workplaces are to be re-opened and...
MamoTCV Advocates
19 May 2020
On 12 May 2020, the European Commission approved an €11.5 million state aid scheme to support investments in the production of coronavirus-related products such as vaccines, personal protective equipment, and ventilators. Undertakings operating in sectors related to the production or the diversifying of products related to the coronavirus outbreak may benefit from this scheme through direct grants...
Christian Tonna
07 May 2020
Eurocontrol's summary concerning air travel in Europe details the COVID-19 response of the major European countries, and how the preventative measures have affected the main European airlines. For anyone curious to know when they may be able to book their next flight ticket, we suggest that you consider the latest summary provided in the link below and to check this space for future updates.https:...
MamoTCV Advocates
28 April 2020
On 24 April 2020, the European Commission approved Malta's €215 million wage subsidies scheme, which aims to prevent unemployment and to support undertakings that operate in sectors that have been greatly affected by the current outbreak.The notified aid comprises a scheme to finance wage costs of employers that would have otherwise had to lay off their employees as a result of COVID-19. Any under...
MamoTCV Advocates
28 April 2020
On 22nd April, 2020, the European Commission approved Malta's €5.3 million scheme to support investment in research and development related to the current pandemic. Any company, including public entities, intending to undertake research and development regarding COVID-19, and other related projects may benefit under the scheme. The scheme is intended to support the development of new solutions – s...
Christian Tonna
27 April 2020
Coronavirus: EU Economic plan for 2020With EU Member States accusing each other of not doing enough to help, the EU has finally reached some common ground that will go some way to lessen the impact Covid-19 has had on the block as a whole.A plan for injecting billions of euros of emergency aid into Europe's economies has been agreed by EU heads.As has become the new norm - meeting by video, the Me...
Christian Tonna
25 April 2020
It is evident that the current lockdown is having an unprecedented slowdown in the movement of persons between EU Member States. This is not due to a restriction which was imposed by the EU itself but because of the restrictions which the Member States themselves imposed through their respective Public Health officials. It is noticeable that the legal restrictions on immigration were driven by the...
Annalies Muscat
09 April 2020
This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura SpiteriOn 3 April, 2020, the European Commission adopted an extension to the State Aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework"), which is to form part of the Framework that was initially put into effect on 19 March, 2020. The amended Framework provides for additional types of aid measures intended to help businesses involved in the fight ag...
Joshua Chircop
09 April 2020
Following the introduction of various measures across Member States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel restrictions and border controls, passengers and transport operators are having to face cancellations and delays in transport. The European Commission has published the Interpretative Guidelines on EU passenger rights regulations in the context of the developing situation with Covid-1...
Julian Fenech Adami
08 April 2020
Return to Malta by Sunday, 12th April, 2020On Tuesday, 7th April, 2020 the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs issued a statement urging Maltese nationals who are still residing abroad to make their way back to Malta by no later than Sunday, 12th April, 2020.With the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus, coupled with the numerous lockdowns of airports abroad, the Maltese government has st...
Julian Fenech Adami
08 April 2020
Further Changes to Identity Malta and ExpatriatesIn view of the constant developments which are taking place due to COVID-19, many measures have been taken both on a national and global scale to help prevent the spread of the novel corona virus. Identity Malta have also taken the necessary measures in the interest of public health and to help minimize the spread. Non-EU NationalsOne of the main me...
Christian Tonna
08 April 2020
1. Birth RegistrationAs from Monday 6th April 2020, parents can register their new-born's birth by post, without having to visit Identity Malta's offices. In the case of birth registrations, one of the parents, or both in the case of a child who was born out of wedlock, should notify the birth of that child.Parents are advised to first contact the Public Registry Unit on localnotifications.pubreg@...
MamoTCV Advocates
06 April 2020
On 2 April 2020, the European Commission approved Malta's State aid scheme to support the local economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The scheme has an estimated budget of €350 million to enable public guarantees on loans to support the Maltese economy as it navigates through the current situation. It will also help businesses cover their liquidity needs.The Maltese government notified the scheme un...
MamoTCV Advocates
06 April 2020
In the light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office for Competition (the "Office") is currently working remotely. As a result, new procedures for communication with the Office are being adopted, with the Office now accepting online concentration notification forms. All supporting documents accompanying the concentration notification form are to be submitted electronically, and the notification fee t...
MamoTCV Advocates
06 April 2020
Following the adoption of the State Aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework") on 19 March 2020, the Commission announced that a draft proposal to extend the Framework has been sent to the Member States for consultation. This draft proposal follows the number of State aid decisions that the Commission has taken in the light of the Framework and the current economic situation. The proposed extension...
Kirk Brincau
30 March 2020
It is undeniable that the Covid-19 virus has had, and will continue to have, a material economic impact throughout the world. In Malta specifically the Superintendent of Public Health has taken a number of measures deemed expedient for the prevention and mitigation of disease such as the suspension of organised events, the self-isolation of persons, the closure of the Courts of Justice, the closur...
MamoTCV Advocates
30 March 2020
The Maltese Government is providing businesses operating in certain sectors with a wage supplement for their employees. Applications for businesses to apply for the COVID wage supplement are now online. There are two lists of businesses with a corresponding benefit. Those listed in Annex A on the Malta Enterprise website (businesses operating in sectors which suffered drastically due to the pandem...
Michael Psaila
30 March 2020
This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila, Dr Annalies Muscat, and Dr Laura SpiteriAmid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maltese Government has issued three financial packages that businesses can avail themselves of. Each financial package builds upon the previous package. First Financial Package:The First Financial Package consists of two incentives. One measure is dedicated to the postponement of ...
MamoTCV Advocates
30 March 2020
The Maltese government has announced a number of employment related measures and grants in response to COVID-19.Applications are now available online for:1. Parent Benefit: A parent who is employed in the private sector, with children under the age of 16 years, who cannot go to work after the 8th March 2020 in order to take care of their children and cannot telework, are eligible for this benefit....
MamoTCV Advocates
27 March 2020
Following up from the statement made by the European Banking Authority (EBA) relating to the temporary capital and operation relief provided to credit institutions, the EBA has issued a further statement to clarify the application of this framework. This statement addresses specifically the classification of loans in default, the identification of forborne exposures and their accounting treatment....
Nicole Portelli
27 March 2020
On 25th March 2020, following the advice of the Maltese health authorities to the public to pursue social distancing, the Central Bank of Malta (CBM) issued Directive 17, which implements temporary precautionary measures with respect to essential services provided by credit and financial institutions. This Directive entered into force on 26th March 2020 and outlines the minimum service expectation...
MamoTCV Advocates
27 March 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has issued guidance to consumers in order to safeguard their interests. BankingIn view of the social distancing guidelines issued by the Maltese Health Authorities, the MFSA has encouraged customers to make use of internet and mobile banking services, whilst also keeping in mind the security measures that should ...
MamoTCV Advocates
27 March 2020
As part of its COVID-19 contingency and business continuity panning, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has published a circular announcing that, with immediate effect and until otherwise communicated, all documentation submitted to the MFSA should be sent electronically. In this respect, the MFSA has informed all authorized persons and entities, applicants and prospective applicants th...
MamoTCV Advocates
27 March 2020
In light of the current pandemic in which we find ourselves, the MFSA has announced that it will be extending the deadlines for submission of regulatory reporting for investment firms, investment funds and fund managers which fall due by March or April 2020. However, with regard to those submissions which fall due by May or June 2020, the MFSA is reluctant to grant extensions for the time-being.1....
Kirk Brincau
27 March 2020
The Superintendent of Public Health has issued a number of measures (through legal notices) in the wake of the Covid-19 virus in accordance to what is, in the opinion of the Superintendent of Public Health, expedient for the prevention or mitigation of disease. Of note are LN 61 of 2020 (later amended by LN 84 of 2020) which ordered the suspension of all legal and judicial time limits and LN ...
Zachary Galea
27 March 2020
The MFSA has provided an informational update as a result of the COVID-19 which may affect consumers of insurance products.The MFSA has noted that any changes which may have been made to the terms and conditions relating to an insurance policy issued before the outbreak of COVID-19, cannot apply retrospectively or mid-term during the policy period. However, it has been noted that new policies whic...
Giulio Sammut
25 March 2020
As a result of the current crisis in which we find ourselves, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") issued a notice on 13th March 2020, urging investment firms, custodians, fund managers and collective investment schemes (collectively referred to as "Licence Holders") to take into account how their operations may be affected by this pandemic. In light of ...
MamoTCV Advocates
25 March 2020
In response to the challenging conditions which are being faced by the financial services sector as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") has announced extensions to certain reporting and disclosure deadlines due by March or April 2020.The MFSA Circular describes the different extensions being granted for each sector.With specific reference to the insur...
Annalies Muscat
25 March 2020
This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura SpiteriUndoubtedly, the current COVID-19 pandemic means that we are living in unparalleled times; perhaps for some of us, unprecedented.Equally unprecedented during our lifetime is the joint statement issued on 23 March 2020 by the European Commission together with the national competition authorities of the Member States, cooperating ...
MamoTCV Advocates
25 March 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFSA has announced that it will be accepting delays in some of the reporting requirements relating to submissions as required from credit institutions and which fall due by March or April 2020. Audited Annual Financial StatementsExtensions for the submission of the Audited Annual Financial Statements and/or the Management Letter due by March or April 2020 wil...
MamoTCV Advocates
25 March 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFSA has announced that it will be accepting delays in some of the reporting requirements relating to submissions as required from Trustees and Corporate Service Providers ("CSPs") and which fall due by March or April 2020. Audited Annual Financial StatementsThe MFSA is granting Trustees and Corporate Service Providers an extension of two months for the submi...
Kirk Brincau
25 March 2020
The Closure of Courts of Justice (Amendment) Order, LN 97 of 2020, has limited the definition of 'Court' as previously considered in LN 65 of 2020 (also amended by LN 84 of 2020) to only consider Superior and Inferior Courts, irrespective of their competence or jurisdiction and tribunals, boards, commissions, committees or other entities which operate from the building of the Courts of Justice bef...
MamoTCV Advocates
25 March 2020
In a bid to ease the challenging environment being experienced by insurance and reinsurance undertakings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, EIOPA has issued recommendations on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline of supervisory reporting and public disclosure ("EIOPA Recommendations").The EIOPA Recommendations urge competent authorities to ease reporting and disclosure requirements fa...
MamoTCV Advocates
23 March 2020
The Office for Consumer Affairs is now accepting online complaint forms. Consumers that wish to file a complaint against any undertaking for the breach of their rights under consumer law may do so by submitting the complaint form, either in English or in Maltese, provided on the MCCAA's website. This relieves consumers from having to physically submit complaint forms at the Office for Consumer Aff...
MamoTCV Advocates
23 March 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") issued a notice on 13th March 2020, urging financial market participants to take the necessary measures and precautions to deal with the evolving situation and to be able to cater for any eventuality.ESMA together with National Competent Authorities ("NCAs"), including the Malta Financial Services Authority (...
Annalies Muscat
23 March 2020
This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri"State aid" is a form of an advantage given to an undertaking by a national public authority. State aid is generally prohibited by EU State Aid rules, save in certain limited circumstances. One of the exceptions to the general prohibition with respect to granting of aid by States is contained in Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty...
MamoTCV Advocates
23 March 2020
 The Registrar of the Court has issued a press release dated 16 March 2020 announcing exceptional measures that the Court has put in place. The Press Release states:"The European Court of Human Rights is taking a number of exceptional measures to respond to the unprecedented global health crisis, having regard to the recent decisions of the French authorities and the Council of Europe. The Co...
MamoTCV Advocates
18 March 2020
 The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has on the 16 March 2020 issued a circular informing all subject persons that the deadline for submission of the REQ has been extended. The current deadline for submission is the 4 May 2020. The late penalty submission penalty fee has also been suspended for REQs submitted by COB 4 May 2020. Additional information including an update on COVID-1...
Kirk Brincau
18 March 2020
On the 13th of March 2020, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Superintendent of Public Health, being the person legally responsible for public health in Malta, has, through the publication of Legal Notice 65 of 2020, ordered the closure of the Courts of Malta as well as the Court Registry for an indefinite term commencing on the 16th of March 2020. In an at...
MamoTCV Advocates
18 March 2020
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Superintendent of Public Health has issued Legal Notice 75 of 2020 entitled 'Suspension of Legal Times relating to Promise of Sale Agreements, Notarial and other related matters (Epidemics and Infectious Diseases) Order, 2020' on 17 March 2020.The Superintendent of Public Health has ordered the closure of all courts. Through this Legal Notice, the Superintendent o...
MamoTCV Advocates
18 March 2020
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Superintendent of Public Health issued Legal Notice 76 of 2020 entitled 'Closure of Places Open to the Public Order, 2020' on 17 March 2020. The Legal Notice orders that all bars, restaurants, cafeterias, snack bars, cinemas, gyms, museums, exhibitions, clubs, discotheques, night clubs, open-air markets, indoor swimming pools, the national swimming pool, gaming pr...
Romina Bonnici
17 March 2020
Amidst the constant unfolding of the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") has recently issued a number of circulars targeted at the local financial services sector in general and also sector specific.  The following is an overview of the COVID-19 related circulars issued by the MFSA between the 10th March and the 13th March 2020:&nbs...
Julian Fenech Adami
16 March 2020
With respect to the outbreak of COVID-19, Identity Malta Agency have communicated the below information, which shall be implemented with immediate effect:1. Customer Care DeskThe customer care desk will not be engaging in direct contact with individuals. Nonetheless, should assistance be required, any queries may be forwarded to eresidence.ima@gov.mt or call on 00356 2590 4800.2. Third country nat...
Christine Calleja
16 March 2020
COVID 19 – Employment MeasuresThe coronavirus has started taken its toll on Maltese business with many employers, especially those in the tourism and entertainment industry, having to shut down their operations temporarily. This article addresses the main queries which are being asked by employers in view of the current situation. What is quarantine leave?On the 13th March 2020, Legal Notice 6...
Nicole Portelli
16 March 2020
In a circular issued following the press release published by the European Central Bank ("ECB") on 12th March[1], the MFSA informed licensed credit institutions and the general public that the measures introduced by the ECB in terms of the aforementioned press release are to apply in their entirety to all credit institutions licensed under the Banking Act (Chapter 371 of the laws of Malta) with im...
Nicole Portelli
16 March 2020
In a circular issued on Friday 13th March, the MFSA called upon Financial institutions to inform it of any adverse change in customer behaviour, imminent difficulties in ensuring the continuity of services and/or to inform it should contingency plan/s be put into effect. Financial Institutions were also encouraged to communicate with critical service providers to understand and ascertain how servi...
Nicole Portelli
16 March 2020
In view of the current international recommendations and good practices, the MFSA has notified all authorised firms, recognised and licensed persons that with immediate effect and for an interim period, the MFSA's Supervision Unit will be increasing its use of remote data gathering supervisory tools. This includes increasing and widening the scope of pre-visit documentation requests, issuing quest...