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Citizenship on Merit Initiative


From: Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government together with the Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport
​Published: ​29 January 2017
Running till: ​3 March 2017
​Last Updated: ​25 August 2017

The following is the Outcome Report with reference to this Public Consultation:

Outcome Report - Citizenship on merit initiative.pdfOutcome Report - Citizenship on merit initiative.pdf



1.        Background

Through the Citizenship on Merit Initiative, Malta will be able to grant citizenship to individuals who have rendered an exceptional service to the country or to humanity or whose naturalisation is of exceptional interest to Malta. This will involve a Bill amending the Maltese Citizenship Act (Chapter 188 of the Laws of Malta) followed by a Legal Notice.

The Citizenship on Merit Initiative is intended to cover five sectors of particular interest to Malta, which are science, research, sport, art and culture. It looks at both past as well as future performance and provides the possibility of citizenship for both those individuals who have already granted exceptional services to Malta or to humanity as well as for those whose naturalisation is of exceptional interest to Malta and whose acquisition of Maltese citizenship would be expected to result in a substantial benefit for our country.
2.        Documents
The document is accessible online:
3.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By filling the online form.
By email: 
We thank you for your input.

Data Protection Statement Data Protection Act (Chapter 440)

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         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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Press Release No. 170199 - Titnieda konsultazzjoni pubblika dwar inizjattiva ġdida ta’ għoti ta’ Ċittadinanza għall-Mertu