May
07

COVID-19 Response to European Air Travel

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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://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/2020-05/eurocontrol-summary-covid-response-08052020.pdf Disclaimer This document does not purport to give legal, financial or t...
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Apr
30

MRVP Update 2

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L.N. 156 of 2020, entitled the Malta Residency Visa Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Order, 2020 has come into force with the scope of introducing a new system of distribution of applicationsamongthe ApprovalsBoard. This has been done primarily to help with ensuring that each Approvals Board is assigned an equal number of cases, with the said assignment to be carried out by theChief ExecutiveOfficer of the Agency. An Approval Board shall be composed of a Chairperson and four (4) other members all appointed by the Minister responsible for the public administratio...
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Apr
30

MRVA Update

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The Malta Residency Visa Agency (MRVA) will be moving into new premises with its first day of operations from the new offices being Monday 4th May, 2020. The MRVA's new offices will be located at: Malta Residency Visa Agency Zentrum Business Centre Mdina Road, Qormi QRM 9010, Malta. This move is in keeping with the Agency's efforts to offer the best possible services to its Agents and applicants. Covid-19 measures remain in place and the same system of depositing files and documents will still stand. Naturally one must expect that some delays in communication and ...
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Apr
28

MCCAA Launches Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Consumer Affairs Act

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On 22 April 2020, the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (the "MCCAA") published a consultation regarding a Bill to amend the Consumer Affairs Act (Chapter 378 of the laws of Malta) and other Laws, and to make ancillary and consequential provisions thereto. The proposed Bill aims to implement Regulation (EU) 2017/2394 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004, which lists the minimum investigation and enforcement powers of the competent authoritie...
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Apr
28

Malta’s Employment Aid Scheme Approved

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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 undertaking, including self-employed individuals, hit hard by the pandemic may benefit under this scheme. Beneficiaries will receive aid that is proportional to their salary,...
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