Strategic Overview

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is responsible for Malta’s relations with the European Union, the Government’s internal coordination vis-à-vis EU matters, Malta’s presidency to the EU in 2017 and for the management of EU Funds and Programmes.  Furthermore, the Ministry is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Government’s electoral programme.  The Ministry’s vision has to take into account Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017; the conclusion of the 2007-2013 programming period in 2015 and the imminent commencement of the 2014-2020 programme.



Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division

Overview

The Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) was set up in March 2001 as part of the administrative infrastructure required to manage the pre-and post accession funds allocated to Malta by the European Union.  PPCD aims to ensure the efficient absorption and management of European assistance, particularly in relation to Cohesion policy, through effective co-ordination across Government departments, authorities, agencies and stakeholders.


Key Objectives

      To act as Managing Authority for the Cohesion Policy Funds 2007-2013;

     To provide input in the national positions on Cohesion Policy (current and future) and provide input to the national position on other sectors where EU funding is proposed;

    To steer the project selection process for Operational Programmes I and II (2007-2013);

    To strengthen the Department’s administrative capacity in view of the stage of implementation of the 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy Programmes



Funds and Programmes Division

Overview

The Funds and Programmes Division (FPD) was set up in July 2011 as part of an administrative structure required to handle the management of EU and other funds (with the exception of Cohesion Policy Funds) allocated to Malta an to provide guidance to the focal points of the EU and other Programmes that are managed by the Commission or other institutions.  The Funds and Programmes Division is made up of two Directorates namely Funds Directorate and the Programmes and Projects Directorate.

Key Objectives

    To act as National Focal Point for the EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanisms;

    To act as National Co-ordinator of the Swiss-Maltese Cooperation Programme;

    To act as National Co-ordinator for Interreg III Programmes (Italia-Malta, Archimed, Medocc and South Zone Programmes);

    To act as National Focal Point for the Eureopean Territorial Cooperation Programmes (ETC) 2007-2013;

    To act as National Co-ordinator of Pre-Accession Funds and the Transitional Facility;

    Managing the European Globalisation Fund (EGF) and the European Solidarity Fund;

    To act as National Authority for the Lifelong Learning and Youth-in Action Programmes;

    Responsible Authority for the Framework Programme on Solidarity and management of Migration Funds 2007-2013;

    To act as Competent Authority for the Rural Development Fund and Agricultural Funds (EAGF/EAFRD);

    To act as Managing Authority for the European Fisheries Fund (EFF);

    Co-ordination and guidance of focal points of the various EU and other Funds and Programmes.



Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union

Overview

All interaction between the Maltese administration and EU institutions is channelled through the Permanent Representation. 

The Permanent Representative has overall responsibility for ensuring that this interaction functions effectively at all times, including through the maintenance of a smooth flow of information between the Maltese administration and the European Commission as well as other EU Institutions and entities.

Key Objectives

    To manage all interaction between the Maltese administration and EU institutions and negotiate both formally and informally, with the EU institutions and other Member States the advancement of Malta’s position in al EU discussions;

    To alert Government of any issues raised at EU level which may have implications for Malta and to coordinate all EU related processes and procedures across Government;

    To ensure an informed and coordinated advancement of Malta’s position in all EU discussions;

    To represent Malta on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Part II) known as COREPER II – of the European Union

    To participate in the Committee of Permanent Representation (Part I) – known as COREPER I of the European Union;

    To participate at a decision-making level, in the EU’s internal discussions and planning of key elements of the Union’s Strategic development, including decisions on the Union’s financial framework and external policy issues.



EU Secretariat

Overview

The EU Secretariat was set up to coordinate the preparatory work for Cabinet and the Inter-Ministerial Committee for EU Affairs.  The Secretariat is responsible for seeing that these bodies are in a position to take the required decisions about any EU related matter in a well-informed and timely manner while ensuring that appropriate instructions are received by the Permanent Representation in Brussels as well as those participating in Councils, committees, working parties and working groups of the EU.

Key Objectives

    To respond to requests for policy decisions required by the EU’s institutions through the Permanent Representation in Brussels in a manner which ensures timely and coordinated action;

    To finalise guidelines and instructions for approval by the Cabinet Committee on EU Affairs where these concern Council meetings as well as meetings of the COREPER and other committees established by the Treaties;

    To co-ordinate the drawing up of internal documents and consolidated position papers required for decision-making at the national level on the following policy areas : economic monetary policy, internal market, environment policy, regional and structural policy, agricultural policy, justice and home affairs, telecommunications and transport policy, employment, social policy, education and culture ;

    To receive EU documentation on the above policy areas, examining its content and distribute this documentation to the ministries, departments and authorities concerned

    To monitor the implementation of the adopted acquis in line with the agreed timeframes, both in terms of legal adoption and implementation,

    To formulate Government positions for discussion with the EU institutions as well as with other Member States;

    To prepare instructions for matters discussed in all Council bodies;

    To monitor the transposition and implementation of EU legislation;



EU Funds Programming Unit

Key Objectives

    To co-ordinate and present Malta’s position concerning proposed regulations related to 2014-2020 EU Funds, European Maritime Fund, Migration Funds and Cohesion Funds for 2014-2020;

    To co-ordinate and lead Malta’s negotiations with the European Commission regarding cohesion policy;

    To provide relevant policy direction related to EU Funding and Cohesion Policy and Programmes and other EU Sectoral  policies where EU Funding has a direct role;

    To ascertain that the Partnership Agreement and the respective Operational Programmes are completed within the stipulated deadlines. The Partnership Agreement is the strategic document which will contribute towards the EU2020 targets and will pave the way for the Operational Programmes related to ERDF, CF, ESF, EAFRD and EMFF funds.


Priorities for EU funding Programming period 2014 – 2020


1) Fostering competittivness via innovation and better conditions for industry

     Research, Development, Innovation (R&D&I),
     Information Technology and Communication
     Competitivness (SMEs)
     Reduction of Emmissions in Industry

2) Measure regarding environment and economic use of resources

     Reduction of Carbon Emmissions
     Climate change initiatives
     Environmental measures
     Efficient resources for sustainable transport

3) Strategies for the creation of employment, social inclusion, health , education and capacity building

     Creation of employment
     Social inclusion initiatives
     Health
     Investment in education and to enhance institutional capacity and support public administration including   investment regarding training related to Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union


State Aid Monitoring Board

Overview

The concept of State Aid was adequately transposed in Regulation 3 of the Maltese State Aid Monitoring Regulation.  State Aid procedural rules were laid down in the Business Promotion Act and in other secondary legislation.  The State Aid Monitoring Board was set up on 30 June 2000 as an independent body within the Ministry for Economic Services and reached full capacity by the second quarter of 2001.  State Aid in Malta is granted by virtue of legislation, administrative policy measures and agreements between the beneficiaries and the central Government and its agencies.

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Key Objectives

    To establish and update a comprehensive state inventory;

    To review and assess existing and new state aid, and provide advice about their compatability with the principles contained in the relative present and future acts of the European Union;

    To establish and implement appropriate rules of procedure and methodological systems which lead to an effective State Aid monitoring and reporting system;

    To provide expert opinions, positions and proposals of the formulation and implementation of state aid policy;

    To prepare an annual report on state aid in Malta, on the basis of the established methodology used in the European Union;

    To assist in the identification of appropriate capacity building concerning state aids act as the pertinent body concerning state aid in Malta.