Circular Economy: Beverage Containers Recycling Regulations in Force

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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Constitutional Court Increases Damages Due to Landlords of Sliema Property Because of Prejudicial Rent Laws

This article was written by Michael E. Camilleri & Ilenia Agius In a judgment delivered on 20 th July 2020, the Constitutional Court ordered the State Advocate to pay €250,000 in damages, including moral damages, to the landlords of a property in The Strand, Sliema. The property in question was initially acquired in 1919 by title of temporary emphyteusis which is to expire in 2028. In 1976 the emphyteuta leased the property at an annual rent of Lm4,000 subject to an increase of 5% every five years. The parties had also agreed to enter into a new leas...
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The EU-US Privacy Shield is No More

This article was written by  Dr. Warren Ciantar and Dr. Claude Micallef-Grimaud . On Thursday 16 th July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union ('CJEU') ruled that the 'Privacy Shield' agreement allowing for the transfer of personal data between the European Union and the United States of America does not provide sufficient protection from US surveillance to EU citizens. To fully appreciate the context and ramifications of this decision, one must go back to 2013, when a young Austrian privacy activist by the name of Max Schrems raised a complaint ag...
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Maltese Diplomatic Missions Remain Closed

With the publication of L.N. 255 of 2020, which came into effect on the 15 th of July, 2020, the travel to and from Malta was permitted from the countries listed here . Additionally, Identity Malta has also re-opened its services and shall be accepting new Single Permit applications as of the 3 rd of August, 2020. However, although it is now permissible to travel to and from Malta, none of Malta's Diplomatic missions or foreign representations are processing any visa applications. Therefore for nationals of those countries considered 'Safe-Zone', which do not have...
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Identity Malta Issues Update on Single Permit Applications

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Identity Malta had suspended all new single permit applications, barring those applications submitted under the Key Employee Initiative and by medical professionals. Nonetheless, third country nationals who were present in Malta and held a valid work permit were able to change their employer, irrespective of their application type. Identity Malta has now stated that it will be re-opening its services and shall be accepting Single Permit applications as of 3 rd August, 2020. All new applications will be subject to more scrutiny than be...
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