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. In December 2020, the MFF was adopted whilst the fund specific regulations, which set out the objectives and scope of the funds,  were adopted during the course of 2021.​

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 programmes aim to capture interventions under the following funds: 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). Programmes covering the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI), Internal Security Fund (ISF) will also support migration and security initiatives under the 2021-2027 period. In addition, Common Agricultural Policy Strategic Plan (CAP SP) shall cover the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the 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. 

Some of the main outcomes emanating from the respective sectoral committee's are as follows:
 

i        Mobility and connectivity:
Further investment on pedestrian routes and passageways to reduce private car dependency is important;
​Ensure better access to Ten-T roads through reducing bottlenecks whilst promoting the uptake of collective/public transport is needed;
Further investment in modal shift is critical for a sustainable transport system, including electrification of cars, charging points, and further park and ride facilities.​

 

ii.       Innovative, digital and smart economic transformation:
Invest in human capital from a young age to support the growth and address skills mismatches;
Research in smart specialisation areas and areas relevant for the labour market remains important;
Better integration of e-government platforms and opportunities for the private sector to strengthen digitalisation practices remains important;
Provide reskilling opportunities for the workforce that may become redundant in view of progress in Artificial intelligence, amongst others; and
Support business start-ups and growth, particularly through access to finance.

 

iii.      Greener, clean and resilient environment:
There is economic opportunity to invest in the green and circular economy as well as preparing the future generations for green jobs;
Consideration should be given to improved water management and conservation of the marine environment, amongst others;
Investment in energy supply and stability remains crucial whilst RES possibilities should continue to be explored; and
Future planning and investments in infrastructure should consider environmental impacts.

 

iv.      Social cohesion:
Investments in health and social initiatives addressing the needs of vulnerable groups should be given priority, including in the areas of mental health, children, persons with a disability;
More importance should be given to gender equality;
Investments in quality education that caters for the needs of the industry, fosters lifelong learning and caters for the needs of persons with a disability, amongst others, is highly important;
Improved recognition of formal, non-formal and informal learning, including vocational education should be pursued.

v.       Gozo’s Development Needs:
Transport infrastructure, green economy, digitalisation and decarbonisation, including through RES  should be the priority for future investments;
Opportunities for further investment in tourism;
A holistic strategy in Gozo providing a framework for a greener, innovative and economically sustainable environment is needed; 

Eco Gozo and Tourism, including social tourism are important; and​
Upskilling of labour workforce and education remain necessary should be considered.

Over one hundred forty-five (145) entities were invited to attend meetings held in 2019 and 2020. The aim of such meetings was to identify needs which could be addressed through one or more EU Funds under the 2021-2027 periods.  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 justice funds.

A wider consultation exercise was carried out in 2021 with the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development which is the formally established structure in Malta representing the main employer bodies, trade unions and civil society as well as Government. The outcome of these meetings was taken into consideration in the finalisation of several public consultation documents on the Programmes and Plans, which were carried out in 2021, and which served as the basis for the finalisation of these Programmes and Plans.

In response to the consultations carried out in 2021, a total of one hundred fifty-nine (159) submissions were received from the public administration, social partners, non-government and international organisations, the private sector and general public. A summary of the main outcomes received have been broadly reflected in the Programmes and Plans and highlighted below.​ 

The list of stakeholders consulted during 2019 and 2020 may be found her​e​.

The list of presentations delivered as part of the committee meetings held in 2020 may be found here.​​​

​List of documents published in 2021 may be found hereunder:

Public Consultation Document European Social Fund Plus​

Public ​Co​nsul​tation Document European Regional Development Fund​​, Cohesion Fund, Just Transition Fund​

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

Investimenti ghall-Qasam Marittimu, is-Sajd u l-Akkwakultura 2021-2027 ​

Public Consultation Document CAP Strategic Plan​​

Investimenti għall-Qasam Agrikolu u Rurali 2023-2027

CAP Strategic​ Plan 2021 Report Draft

STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE ERDF/CF/JTF, EMFAF AND CAP SP PROGRAMMES​

Public Consultation Process on the Environmental Assessment of the ERDF/CF/JTF and EMFAF 2021-2027​

Public Consultation Process on the Environmental Assessment of the CAP SP 2023-2027​​​​

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