Publications

New Debarment Grounds from Public Tendering Procedures in Malta

Authors: Clement Mifsud-Bonnici
Published on July 8, 2016
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Practices: Public Procurement
Key Takeaways

- The procedure for debarment of an economic operator from public tenders was complemented in 2015 with a focus on breaches of Maltese labour law

- The amendments mainly affect economic operators who are based in Malta or who are subject to Maltese labour law

- The Commercial Sanctions Tribunal (set up in September 2015) is to decide whether to exclude an economic operator following an adversarial procedure

- Debarment period varies from 6 months to 3 years

- All existing public contracts are terminated immediately upon debarment

The Shipping industry on a tight rope after Brexit

Authors: Jotham Scerri-Diacono
Published on July 8, 2016
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Practices: Admiralty & Maritime Litigation, Ship Finance & Mortgages, Ship Registration, Shipping sale, purchase & charterparties
In a historic vote held on the 23rd of June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom went to the polls in order to determine the faith of their country’s membership within the European Union. In an unprecedented, albeit expected result, 52% of those eligible voters opted for ‘Brexit’ meaning that for the first time in the history of the European Union, a member state will be triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU) and commence the withdrawal procedure from the Union.

L.N. 210 of 2016: Reflecting current administrative practices in the Merchant Shipping Act

Authors: Jotham Scerri-Diacono
Published on July 7, 2016
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Practices: Ship Registration, Shipping sale, purchase & charterparties, Yacht & Superyacht Registration
After taking into consideration a number of proposals made by the local flag administration and the importance to remain competitive in such an important industry, a number of amendments have been put forward to the Merchant Shipping Act (MSA), Chapter 234 of the Laws of Malta which, essentially, clarify a number of ambiguities which existed and also reflect current administrative practices.