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Country data: Malta

Transposition (Malta)

Trend since last reporting period: positive; negative; = neutral
Ranking out of 27: 1 to 9; 10 to 18; 19 to 21

Transposition deficit (percentage of all directives not transposed)0.6%0.7%12
Overdue directives67  
Long-overdue directives (> 2 years)2211
  • Directive 2014/112/EU – Implementation of the European Agreement concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time in inland waterway transport
  • Directive 2018/844/EU – Amendment of Directives 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency
Average delay in transposing directives (in months)25.618.324↓↓
Conformity deficit (percentage of all directives transposed incorrectly)0.4%1.2%1
Duration of infringement proceedings for late transposition (in months)15.117.93NA

Infringements (Malta)

Trend since last reporting period: positive; negative; = neutral
Ranking out of 27: 1 to 9; 10 to 18; 19 to 27
Ranking out of 21 (compliance with Court rulings): 1 to 7; 8 to 14; 15 to 21

Number of pending infringement proceedings13265
Problematic sectors
  • Air transport (3 cases)
  • Services and professions – compliance issues (3 cases)
Average duration of infringement proceedings (in months)51.149.015
Average time taken to comply with Court rulings (in months)NA54.3NA=

Internal Market Information System (Malta)


Requests accepted within one week (%)
Requests answered by the deadline agreed in IMI (%)
Satisfaction with timeliness of replies - as rated by counterparts (%)
Satisfaction with efforts made - as rated by counterparts (%)
Speed in answering requests (days)

Technical regulations information system (Malta)


SOLVIT (Malta)

Submitted cases: 6 (9 in 2022)
Received cases: 29 (20 in 2022)
Cases not accepted: 8 (2 in 2022)

New 90% benchmark for MS to solve problems through their national SOLVIT centre: 90% (because of the low number of cases as lead this percentage is not statistically relevant)
1 case was kept open for longer than 365 days.

Handling time (as home centre)
Reply in 7 days: 100% (86% in 2022) 
Cases prepared in 30 days: 100% (100% in 2022) 
Solutions accepted within 7 days: 60% (75% in 2022)
Cases not accepted within 30 days: 100% (50% in 2022) 

Handling time (as lead centre)
Cases accepted within 7 days: 100% (100% in 2022) 
Cases closed within 10 weeks: 52% (50% in 2022)

Staffing level


Payment delays (Malta)

No data available.

Responsive administration and burden of regulation (Malta)

Indicator 2022 EU average
Burden of government regulation (survey replies: 1 = worst, 7 = best) 3.8   3.8 
Digital public services to start and run a business (100% = best performing) 97.2% 83.7%  
Payment delays by public authorities n/a days 17.5 days
Time to resolve insolvency (2020) 3.0 years 2.0 years
Impact of regulation on long-term investment decisions (survey replies) 25.9% n/a  

Access to public procurement (Malta)

Indicator2022EU average
Single bidder15%37%
No calls for bids9%7%
Publication rate (value advertised on Tenders Electronic Daily, in % of GDP)4.4%5.84%
Cooperative procurement (proportion of procedures with more than one buyer)0%7%
Award criteria (proportion of procedures awarded to cheapest bid)92%56%
Decision speed (days)177  87  
SME contractors92%56%
SME bids91%66%
Procedures divided into lots16%30%
Missing calls for bids2%1%
Missing seller registration numbers3%46%
Missing buyer registration numbers18%39%

Note: A typical (mid-ranking) EU country is used for the EU average for all indicators except the publication rate. 

Access to services and services markets (Malta)

Indicator 2021 EU average
Restrictiveness indicator – architect 3.3   2.5  
Restrictiveness indicator – accountant 2.9   1.7  
Restrictiveness indicator – civil engineer 3.1   2.4  
Restrictiveness indicator – lawyer 2.9   3.4  
Restrictiveness indicator – real estate agent 2.7   1.3  
Restrictiveness indicator – patent agent 0.0   2.2  
Restrictiveness indicator – tourist guide 2.6   1.2  
Domestic priority letter prices, letter 20 g  € 0.30 € 0.99
Intra-EU priority letter prices, letter 20 g  € 0.59 € 1.61
Domestic transit times, day+1 performance, priority letters 20 g  n/a 84.3%

Note: The EU restrictiveness indicator (EURI) measures the level of restrictiveness for the cross-border provision of services and the right of establishment for seven groups of professional services with a high share in the EU firms’ intermediate consumption or cross-border mobility. The level of restrictiveness is measured on a scale from 0 (least restrictive) to 6 (most restrictive). 

Access to finance (Malta)

Indicator 2022 EU average
Access to public financial support (% of SMEs indicating deterioration) 14.3%  20.2% 
Time to get paid by businesses (2022 survey) n/a days 56 days
Venture capital investments (% of GDP) 0.00% 0.08%
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