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Proposal for a New Malta Crafts Act

OPEN CONSULTATION  

  
 
From: Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
(Commerce Department)
​Published: ​4 January 2019
Running till: 21 January 2019
​Last Updated: ​4 January 2019
1.        Background

Currently the main legislation concerning crafts is the Malta Crafts Council Act (Cap 421) which  however focuses more on the operations of the Malta Crafts Council rather than crafts, vesting  it with a number of functions, powers and duties related to craft.  The Act stipulates that the Council is to be made up of a number of representatives of various ministries and three representatives to be elected by and from among craftsmen registered with the Council.

Regretfully, since the enactment of the Act in question,  it has always been difficult to find artisans who were in a position to participate in the Council elections  .  Moreover since  those who got elected practised specific crafts  there frequently was an inadequate representation of the crafts spectrum. . This shortcoming resulted, contrary to what was intended, in there never being a proper and effective consultation structure within the Council and it was only with the intervention of the the Commerce Department that   consultation has been possible.

In addition to the above, the Malta Crafts Council Act is lacking in that it does not provide the Malta Crafts Council with a formal administrative and operational set up to assist it in the carrying out of its duties.   As a result, while the Council meets regularly once a month to register new craftspersons  and to put forward proposals in line with its remit, it is the Commerce Department which, over the years,  has executed most of the decisions taken by the Council in addition to the planning and implementation of other initiatives which did not emanate from Council meetings.

Finally, the Malta Crafts Council Act does not empower the Council to take any action in the case of transgressions involving products falsely purporting to Maltese crafts, not even when such transgressions are committed by registered craftspersons. Unfortunately, the Act does not empower the Council to strike off its register  craftspersons who either violate rules and/or conditions established by the Council or the Department or craftspersons who are in breach of any of the provisions of the Act and/or  its Regulations.

The proposed act aims at addressing these shortcomings.


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3.        Submission of input

Submissions must be sent in through the following channels:
By filling the online form below.
By email:        maltacrafts@gov.mt
By post:          Commerce Department
                      Lascaris Bastions
                      Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan
                      Valletta VLT 1933

Submissions must be received by 21 January 2019

We thank you in advance for your input.


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