COVID-19: 2nd Malta Gov Aid Package for Businesses

Coronavirus Government Financial Aid Package

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti | 24 Mar 2020

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The Prime Minister of Malta, after long negotiations between the government, the central bank, and the social partners the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) over the past few days, and with unanimous support of the Cabinet, announced a second package of financial aid to increase its aid to businesses hit by COVID-19 slowdown.

A Total Aid Package of €70 million per month
for businesses hit severely by COVID-19 slowdown.

“We have reached a historic pact with the social partners that defines the greatness of the Maltese people in unprecedented circumstances,” the Prime Minister told a press conference attended by the social partners.

“We have agreed a package not only to fight coronavirus from a health point of view but also to counter the economic impact. This is a package which injects hope, confidence and courage for the future.” 

Financial Package for Businesses in Critical Sectors

The critical sectors covered by this benefit include: wholesale, retail, accommodation, food and beverage service activities, vehicle rentals, employment activities, tour operators, travel agencies and other related enterprises, security companies, building services companies, transport companies, creative, arts, and entertainment activities, personal activities – such as barbers, beauticians, and other similar enterprises.

€44 million per month for self-employed & employees 
100%+ for employees on minimum wage.

60,000 mostly full-time employees and self-employed will benefit from Government salary of €800 per month.  Employers need to to make up the difference of €400 on top of the government subsidy for employees on salaries of €1,200 per month.  

Financial Package for Businesses in 2nd Tier Sectors

With representatives of the social partners behind him, the Prime Minister said that for other sectors,

50,000 employee €17 million per month
for businesses also hit by COVID-19 slowdown

In the second category of employees, those hit less directly: manufacturing, wholesale, warehousing and retail, the Government will be paying the equivalent of one day of a salary of €800.  Employees on salaries of over €1,200 as well as their employers need to be flexible to meet as much as possible the larger extent 

Applicability of Business Aids 

The Government will provide a portal where a business' NAS Code and VAT Number can be entered to confirm eligibility for benefits under this Aid Package for Business.  

All benefits apply retrospectively from 9th March 
as long as the employer re-instates any person made redundant.  


Due to Gozo's double insularity, being an Island in an Island and due to its dependence on tourism, it is clear that Gozo is hit worse than Malta.

The second category will be receiving the equivalent of 2 days of work.

Part-timers. Same measures apply pro rata.  

Appeal for flexibility. All have to be reasonable in saving employment. Employers should do their best to preserve original salaries. Employees should also be understanding and flexible.



The first Financial Aid Package

COVID-19 Aid Package valued c. €1.8bn,
12.9% of Malta’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019

The Prime Minister of Malta, the Minister of Finance and Financial Services and the Minister of the Economic have tonight unveiled an aid package aimed at supporting the business community, totalling around €1.81 billion.

The COVID-19 Malta Relief Package

Healthy Maltese Government Finances and IIP Fund to support Maltese Economy to face Covid-19 Downturn through liquidity injections and bank guarantees. Up to €700 million in tax deferrals  and up to €900 million in loan guarantees. Postponement of income tax, VAT and National Insurance dues for March & April for Employers & Self-employed. Up to €900 million in Government bank guarantees for an additional access of €4.5 billion in credit.  The NSDF IIP Fund to provide €150 million in bank guarantees.

Prime Minister Robert Abela described the measures as "strong and ambitious" and said that they would "protect people and all workers who work in Malta, without any distinction".

He was joined by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and Economy Minister Silvio Schembri  to unveil the details in a news conference on Wednesday night. 

Minister Scicluna confirmed that the rate of economic growth was expected to slow but he insisted "this storm is temporary". 

COVID-19 Malta Relief Package

For businesses who suffered a complete suspension of operations, the government will pay for 2 out of every 5 days of work lost.

The self employed, who have also lost work, will receive a benefit for two days per week, also capped at €800 euro per month per employee. For the self-employed who hire people, the employer will also get government coverage for three of five days of lost work.

Companies that stalled production by 25 percent will be guaranteed pay for one day per week.

Employees who lost their job from March 9 will also receive a special unemployment benefit, capped at €800 per month. And people with disabilities who are unable to work from home or stop working due to health concerns, will get the same benefit. 

Government housing subsidies will increase for families where one of the parents lost their job or who had to stop working to take care of children, Schembri announced.

Up to €700m in Tax Deferrals  

Income tax, VAT and National Insurance contributions due for March and April 2020 shall be postponed, a measure valued at €400m to €700m.

up to €900m in Loan Guarantees

If needed, the Maltese Government is ready to commit a further €900 million in guarantees, providing access to an additional access to credit of €4.5 billion.

3 month Moratorium on Bank Loans: Personal and Business

Local banks will be able to accept all requests for a 3 month moratorium on bank loan payments on all personal and business bank loans.

€210 million Government Expenditure 

The Maltese Government will be injecting €210 million in assisting the economy and saving jobs. This is equivalent to 1.5% of Malta's GDP in 2019.

An additional €35 million for health authorities to fight Covid-19.

Up to €16m for 12,000 Families with Children who have both parents / Guardians working in the Private Sector to get €800 per month.

Minister Schembri announced a two month additional benefit for the estimated 12,000 families, who could not telework or who had to take leave to take care of children during the period of school closures. The government will cap this benefit at €800 per month per affected employee.

€350 per employee on Quarantine Leave

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