Founded in October 1996, the Malta Business Bureau represents The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association in Brussels and Malta, focusing on EU advocacy work in relation to evolving EU policy, regulatory and legislative initiatives affecting the local business scenario, by liaising directly with several European and local counterparts.
The MBB is currently composed of two offices, the Head Office in Malta and the Representation Office in Brussels, and is given direction by a board of Trustees, which is composed of senior officials nominated by the Malta Chamber and the MHRA.
The MBB Brussels office maintains direct contact with Eurochambres, BUSINESSEUROPE and HOTREC on all EU policy and funding issues which have a direct effect on Maltese business. Over the years, the synergies achieved have been notable, especially through the realisation that the Maltese business community requires a direct channel to the various EU institutions which initiate proposals for a number of wide-ranging policies.
The MBB offers a range of services for local businesses. Amongst these, the MBB offers an opportunity for members to disseminate partner search facility amongst our wide cross-section of foreign contacts. Internationalisation has become fundamental for business and by gaining access to the MBB’s network we can facilitate the search for European partners in other EU member states, in order to widen business horizons. The MBB can circulate your partner search with contacts including the member organisations of Eurochambres, BUSINESSEUROPE and HOTREC. These organisations are specialised in assisting European business to thrive in the most competitive scenarios, and the advice is free of charge to members.
EU Funding Guidance
Various funding opportunities exist for business innovation, development, upgrading, research investment and others which contribute towards resource-efficient management within business. Funding opportunities can be a complex maze at times, where a plethora of such opportunities exist. The MBB regularly updates members on EU funding programmes which are relevant to the business community, and offers guidance in understanding the calls for project proposals, the relevant documentation and financial implications linked to the respective EU funding programmes.
EU Legislative Advice
The MBB is committed to the advancement of local companies, which enjoy access to the European single market with many potential commercial opportunities for conducting and wherever possible expanding business. Maximising this potential is possible once businesses grasp the extent of the benefits through participating in such a large marketplace. To this end, the MBB provides business advisory services with regards to European legislation, and policies which may hinder business development and growth, providing tailor-made guidance in respect to the query.
The MBB organises seminars, issues position papers, undertakes projects, publishes articles in the media, as well as, issuing Business Agenda, a quarterly publication distributed to all leading business, relevant authorities, and also to a number of interest groups and EU policy-makers in Brussels. Business Agenda provides insightful analysis on the latest business and EU developments, discerning their implications on the local business community.