Public Consultation - EU Funds for Malta 2021-2027
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Public Consultation - EU Funds for Malta 2021-2027

2021-2027 Multi-Annual Financial Framework for Malta

In 2018, the European Commission launched budgetary and regulatory proposals for the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 programming period. Since then discussions on the parameters of the MFF have been ongoing. In December 2020, the MFF was adopted whilst the fund specific regulations, which set out the objectives and scope of the funds, are envisaged to be adopted during the course of 2021. Malta’s allocation under Cohesion Policy is of circa EUR 860 million (in current prices)[1] whilst the allocations for fisheries, agriculture, migration, borders and security amount to circa EUR 253 million (in current prices)[2].

In order to access funds under the MFF, Member States are required to prepare a Partnership Agreement and plans or programmes covering various funds for the 2021-2027 period. These include: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), Cohesion Fund (CF), Just Transition Fund (JTF) and European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI), Internal Security Fund (ISF), European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF).

The Partnership Agreement is a strategic document that outlines the main parameters of EU funded plans and programmes as well as synergies with other EU instruments including the Recovery and Resilience Facility, InvestEU, ERASMUS and Horizon, amongst others. Such coordination between instruments is instrumental for Member States to maximise the use of EU funding sources and to ensure coherence between different EU funded initiatives.

In 2019, the Ministry responsible for EU Funds, launched a consultation process on Malta’s challenges and investment needs that may be supported through the new wave of EU funds for the 2021-2027 period.  During 2020, five (5) committees were set up with the aim to provide insights on investment priorities necessary for Malta’s socio-economic development. These committees focused on:

i.                  Mobility and connectivity;

ii.                 Innovative, digital and smart economic transformation;

iii.                Greener, clean and resilient environment;

iv.                Social cohesion; and

v. Gozo’s Development Needs.

Consultations were held in line with the partnership principle in accordance with multi-level governance and a bottom up approach. Stakeholders consulted included Government entities, urban and other public authorities, civil society, environmental entities, bodies representing social inclusion, fundamental rights, rights of persons with disabilities, gender equality and non-discrimination and youths, amongst others.

Furthermore, in 2020 and 2021, bilateral meetings with various stakeholders were also held with a particular focus on the EMFAF, Common Agricultural Policy (covering the EAFRD and EAGF) as well as AMIF, BMVI and ISF.

In total, over 145 entities were invited to participate in the consultation process. The outcomes of such consultation sessions and discussions provided important insights on the needs and investment priorities for Malta’s socio-economic development and served as a basis for the drafting of the EU funds and programmes.

A  wider consultation exercise on the draft plans and programmes is foreseen in the near future.

The list of stakeholders consulted may be found her​e​.

The list of presentations delivered as part of the committee meetings may be found here​​​.

Public Consultation Document European Social Fund Plus​

Public Consultation Document Cohesion Fund, Just Transition Fund, European Regional Development Fund​

Public ​Co​nsul​tation Document European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund

[1] This amount includes cross-border initiatives and the Connecting Europe Facility but excludes the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (React EU). The amount represents the EU share, which is subject to co-financing.

[2] This amount excludes allocations under the European Union Recovery Instrument (EURI) and the transitional period (2021-2022). The amount represents the EU share, which is subject to co-financing.