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National implementation of the ECN+ Directive (2019/1) into Maltese Competition law and other proposed amendments to the Competition Act

OPEN CONSULTATION  

  
From: Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection
​(
Office for Competition within the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA))
Published: ​2 October 2020
Running till: ​30 October 2020
​Last Updated: ​2 October 2020

1.        Background​


Directive
2019/1 (the ECN+ Directive) aims at empowering national competition authorities in the European Union to become more effective enforcers by introducing certain common investigative and enforcement powers.

The national implementation of the ECN+ Directive will take place through the introduction of amendments to the Competition Act (Chapter 379 of the Laws of Malta), the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Act (Chapter 510 of the laws of Malta) and the introduction of two new subsidiary legislations, the Immunity from Penalties and Reduction of Penalties in Cartel Investigation Regulations and the Mutual Assistance between National Competition Authorities Regulations.

The scope of the above-mentioned draft laws is to mainly transpose and implement the ECN+ Directive and to introduce other amendments to the Competition Act.

For more information you can read the background note which can be found under the section titled ‘Documents’. 


2.        Documents

Background note.pdfBackground note.pdf
3.        Submission of input

Submissions must be sent in through the following channels:
By post:    Public Consultation
​                Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority
                Mizzi House,
                National Road,
                Blata L-Bajda HMR 9010    

Submissions must be sent by 30 October 2020.                             
We thank you in advance 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.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address: onlineconsultations@gov.mt.

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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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