Sep
08

ECN+ Directive: Amendments Made to Competition Act Now in Force

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This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri In the light of Malta's transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/1 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market (the 'ECN+ Directive'), various amendments to the Competition Act (Chapter 379 of the laws of Malta) (the 'Act') have been made. The ECN+ Directive sets out rules to ensure that national competition authorities have the ne...
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Aug
04

Circular Economy: Beverage Containers Recycling Regulations in Force

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This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila and Dr Laura Spiteri On 31 July 2020, the Beverage Containers Recycling Regulations (Legal Notice 311 of 2020 and hereinafter referred to as the 'Regulations') came into force. The aim of these Regulations is to further the circular economy by establishing a Beverage Container Refund Scheme (the 'Scheme') to enhance the collection and recycling of beverage containers and reduce littering. These Regulations implement the provisions of Directive 94/62 on packaging and packaging waste and form part of the Maltese Governme...
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May
15

Second Extension to the Temporary Framework has been Adopted

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Following the draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State Aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework") that was sent to the Member States on the 9 April 2020 by the European Commission, the second extension to the Framework has now been adopted and was put into effect on the 8 May 2020. The Framework was initially brought into effect on the 19 March 2020 and was previously amended on the 3 April 2020. While furthering the scope of the Framework, this second extension will complement the State aid measures covered by the Framework and existing State aid ru...
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Feb
14

Brexit and Competition Law – The Way Forward

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On the 31 January 2020 ("Exit Day"), the UK officially withdrew from the European Union ("EU") which led to a plethora of questions about how certain areas of law, including competition law, will operate post Exit Day. This is particularly due to the presence of numerous cross-border transactions among the EU Member States. Despite the UK's withdrawal and it now being considered a third State, a transition period will apply until 31 December 2020 ("Transition Period") during which the functions of the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") – the UK's equivalent...
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May
10

Commission accepts commitments offered by Visa and Mastercard on inter-regional interchange fees

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Following the feedback sought by the European Commission (the 'Commission') regarding the commitments offered by Visa and Mastercard further to the Statement of Objections issued by the Commission regarding the competition concerns raised by inter-regional interchange fees ('inter-regional MIFs') for payment transactions, the Commission has accepted the commitments offered by Visa and Mastercard ( read more here ). These commitments shall be applicable for a period of five years and six months and shall concern inter-regional MIFs applied to payment transactions m...
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