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Open Markets Reform White Paper


From: Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
​Published: ​22 November 2018
Running till: ​31 January 2019
​Last Updated: ​1 February 2019
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Original Consultation

1.        Background

Local Markets have traditionally formed part of Malta and Gozo’s commercial and social fabric. Notwithstanding the local markets valid contribution, there is no doubt that the sector and hawkers themselves have, over the years, faced a number of difficulties. 

This White paper introduces proposals to counter such difficulties and build a framework to enable the propagation and regulation of open markets in Malta and Gozo. After a thorough study of the local scenario, the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses is proposing changes, in the following main areas; issuing of licenses and allocation of stalls, supervision of the operations of local markets, complaints resolution and policy setting.

2.        Documents

3.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent in through the following channels:

By email:
By post:         Open Markets Reform

                     Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
                     Palazzo Zondadori
                     Merchant Street
                     ​Valletta   VLT 1172
Submissions were received by 31 January 2019.
We thank you for your input.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.


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