The MFSA has issued a circular addressed to credit institutions licensed in terms of the Banking Act, 1994, whereby, following consultation with the Central Bank of Malta, it expressly prohibits the imposition of negative interest rates on Euro denominated deposits. This stops any emerging practice that may have been recently witnessed in the local banking sector.
Credit institutions who have already entered into agreements entailing such negative interest rates, need to rectify their position within a 3-month transition period. Subject to certain conditions, a maintenance fee may be charged in case of excessively high balances.
This document does not purport to give legal, financial or tax advice. Should you require further information or legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Borg Costanzi or Roberta Peresso.