Malta’s budget for 2018 has been approved by the Council on Financial and Economic Affairs (ECOFIN) following the green light given by the European Commission last November.
The approval was part of the adoption of the Council Decision and Recommendation of the Stability and Growth Pact by the Council. The ECOFIN Council also adopted the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions.
“The credibility of the EU on the matter hinges upon the ability of the Code of Conduct to continuously update the list with any developments that may arise in an objective manner,” Finance Minister Edward Scicluna stated in an address to the Council.
Prof. Scicluna said that the list should be a means to an end in order to bring about reforms in these tax jurisdictions, ultimately aiming to achieve higher international standards throughout.
The ECOFIN council also adopted VAT rules for cross-border online sales, which introduce an important simplification for start-ups and SMEs, making it easier for online traders to register for VAT in a harmonised, centralised manner.
Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union was pivotal in piloting these proposals through Council, and therefore is fully supporting measures that reduce financial burdens on businesses.
Additionally, the ECOFIN Council discussed progress made in implementing the various dossiers of the Banking Union, namely: the European Deposit Insurance Scheme, the Banking Package and Non-Performing Loans (NPLs).