Chief Brexit Negotiator Highlights Single Market Importance In Malta Visit

6th May 2019

Michel Barnier spoke about the importance of having a single market across the EU Member States.

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier visited Finance Minister Edward Scicluna at the Malta Freeport to discuss Malta's preparedness for Brexit.

Mr Barnier spoke about the importance of having a single market across the EU Member States. He commended the work of the Customs Department stating that it has been very active in protecting consumers and businesses from counterfeit goods and thus in strengthening the principles of a single market.

Prof. Scicluna outlined the preparations being made by the Customs department for the eventuality of Brexit and praised the personnel for their proactiveness and the work they are doing in this regard.

The Finance Minister highlighted the significant investment being made by Customs to intensify operations against smuggling of illegal substances. In fact, last year, the Customs department launched its new scanning equipment at the Freeport with an investment of around €2.5 million, as well as a dedicated Canine Unit.

"This investment is bearing fruit. Indeed, last year Malta recorded a record number of drug hauls", stated Prof. Scicluna.

7th May 2019

Total inbound visitors to Malta were estimated at 172,971, an increase of 3.5 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2018.

3rd May 2019

Revenue is also forecast to double in 2019 with a consequent increase in Ebdita.

2nd May 2019

In 2018, registered business units amounted to 113,256, an increase of 8.1 per cent, or 8,458 registered units, over 2017.

30th April 2019

“The new route will provide both business and leisure passengers travelling from Malta access to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network," said Qatar Airways Country Manager for Italy and Malta, Mate Hoffmann.