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Government Notices published in Govt. Gazette No. 20,113 of 4th January 2019

No. 1

RESUMPTION OF DUTIES BY THE PRIME MINISTER

IT is notified for general information that the Hon. Joseph Muscat, KUOM, BCom, BA(Hons), MA (European Studies), PhD(Bristol), MP, resumed duties as Prime Minister on Friday, 4th January, 2019, and that the arrangements made by Government Notice No. 1513 of the 20th December, 2018, ceased to have effect accordingly.

4th January, 2019



No. 2

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE ORDERS) ACT (CAP. 285)

Appointment of the Children and Young Persons Advisory Board

IT is hereby notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 11 of the Children and Young Persons (Care Orders) Act, (Cap. 285), and for the purpose of that Act, the Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity has extended the appointment of the Children and Young Persons Advisory Board.

These appointments are for a period of 1 year with effect from 1st January, 2019.

Chairperson
Ms Antoinette Vassallo

Vice Chairperson
Ms Victoria Bugeja

Members
Ms Nadette Azzopardi
Ms Romina Baldwin
Ms Carmen Cannataci
Ms Jane Chircop
Mr Louis Craus
Dr Barbara O’Brien
Ms Doriette Scicluna
Mr Joseph Tanti
Ms Monya Vassallo

Secretary
Ms Dorita Ellul

4th January, 2019



No. 3

CODE OF ORGANIZATION AND CIVIL PROCEDURE (CAP. 12)

Court Appointed Experts – Architects and Civil Engineers 2019

IT is notified for general information that the persons mentioned hereunder have been appointed on the Panel of Architects and Civil Engineers for the period from the 1st January, 2019, to the 31st December, 2019, or for such a shorter term as may be decided by a Board to be appointed for such purpose:

Perit Abela Godwin, BA (Arch), B.Arch (Hons)
Perit Abela Kevin R., Post Grad Diploma in Conservation Technology for Masonry Buildings
Perit Agius Dylan, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.Sc. (Surrey), A.&C.E.
Perit Agius Arielle, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.I.D. (Politecnico di Milano), A.&C.E.
Perit Attard Joseph, B.E.&A. (Hons), Msc. Environmental Sustainability and Urban Regeneration
Perit Avallone Alistair, B.E.&A.(Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Axisa Mario, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.A. (Mediation)
Perit Bencini Edward, B.Arch., A.&C.E.
Perit Bencini Kevin, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Bonello Mark Anthony, B.E.&A. (Hons) (Melit.), M.Sc.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Lond.), D.I.C., Eur.Ing. (FEANI)
Perit Bonnici Jonathan, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Borg Daniel, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Borg Bonaci Clive, Built Environment Studies (Hons), Master of Architecture
Perit Borg Costanzi Elena, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Borg Francalanza Michela, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Borg Grech Joseph, B.E.&A. (Hons), Rhodec Diploma in Design and Decoration (Dist)
Perit Briffa Carmen Bernardette, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Bugeja Jospeh, M.Sc, A.&C.E.
Perit Buhagiar Vincent, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.Sc. (Lond.), Ph.D. (Wales)
Perit Buhagiar Konrad
Perit Camilleri Burlò Kurt, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Camilleri Burlò Trinity, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Carter Claire, A.&C.E., B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Caruana Mark, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E., Msc (Road Eng)
Perit Caruana Galea Marie Louise, B.E.&A.(Hons), A.&C.E., MSc Conservation (Tech)
Perit Casha Matthew, B.E.&A. (Hons) (Melit), M.Sc (Aberdeen), A.&C.E.
Perit Cassar Mario, B.E.& A.(Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Cilia David, B.E.&A. (Hons), Msc. Sust. Infra
Perit Cilia Tiziana, B.E&A. (Hons), A.&C.E., Valuations Course for Accredited Valuers, Msc in Sustainable Infrastructure
Perit Cortis Benny, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Debattista Emmanuel (Noel), B.E.&A.
Perit Delicata Ann Marie
Perit Demicoli John, B.E.&A. (Hons) M.Sc. (Road Eng.)
Perit Desira Amanda, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Drago David
Perit Ellul Andrew
Perit Farrugia Stephen, A.&C.E., B.E.&A., Dip. T.P. M.A Urban Design (Oxon)
Perit Farrugia Carmel, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Felice David
Perit Fiott Alessandra, A.&C.E.
Perit Fsadni Mireille, B.E.&A.(Hons), PGDip (CONS Tech), A.&C.E., EPB Assessor
Perit Galea M Roberta, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.Sc. (Cons Tech) (Melit), M.Sc. (Env. Design) (Cardiff), A.&C.E.
Perit Gauci Ramon, B.E.&A.(Hons), M.Sc.(Lond.)
Perit Geissler Peter, AB, BS, MS(Civil), MS(Struct), PhD
Perit Giordano Ivan, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.Sc Cons. Tech
Perit Grech Jonathan, B.E.&A. (Hons) (Melit.), M.Sc (Surrey) Structural Engineering
Perit Grech Philip, B.E.&A. (Hons), M.Sc (Birmingham)
Perit Grima David, MSc, DIC, PG Dip. C. Eng, MICE
Perit Grima Daniel, B.E.&A. (Hons) (Melit), MSc Struct. Eng. (Surrey), A.&C.E.
Perit Lanfranco Michael, B.E.&A. (Hons), Ms C Cons Tech
Perit Lewis Odette, B.E.&A. (Hons) M.Sc., Ph.D. (Melit.)
Perit Lewis William, A.&C.E., MSc. (Road Eng.)
Perit Magri Etienne, B.E.&A. (Hons), Ms.c. (Environmental Design)
Perit Magri Miriam, B.E.&A.(Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Mallia Claude R., B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Micallef Paul, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Micallef Lino, A.&C.E., B.E.&A. (Hons), MSc (Surrey) in Structural Engineering
Perit Mifsud Danica, B.E.&A. (Hons), MSc. Struc Eng (Surrey)
Perit Mifsud Lyanne, A.&C.E.
Perit Mifsud Philip, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Mifsud James
Perit Mintoff Edwin, B.E.&A. (Hons); Ph. D Newcastle
Perit Musumeci Robert, B.E.&A. (Hons), MSc (Conservation Tech), LL.B, Dip (Not. Public), LL.D
Perit Pace David, B.Arch. A.&C.E. M.C.I.Arb.
Perit Pizzuto Andre, B.E.&A. (Hons) MA Spatial Planning, MBA in Real Estate & Construction Management
Perit Portelli Daniel, A degree in architecture and engineering from the University of Malta, specialized in structures
Perit Rausi Kenneth, B.E&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Robinson Anthony, Bachelor of Architecture and Civil Engineering with Honours
Perit Saliba Joseph, B.E.&A. (Structural/Civil Eng. Stream), Master of Science in Sustainable Energy
Perit Sciberras Darren, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Scicluna Steve, B.E.&A. (Hons) (Melit.), M.Sc. (Sur)
Perit Spiteri Melanie, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Spiteri Roderick, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Tabone Cornelia, A.&C.E.
Perit Tabone Cleaven, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Theuma Josette, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E, Pg.Dip Civil Engineering (Surrey)
Perit Valentino Anton, B.A.(Arch), B.Arch(Hons), M.Sc, R.I.B.A., A.&C.E.
Perit Van Dijk Bernice, B.E.&A., Masters in Structural Engineering – University of Surrey, Guildford
Perit Vella Robert, EN (USA), B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Vella Jevon, Dottore di ricerca in riqualificazione e recupero insediativo – Universita’ degli studi di Roma La Sapienza
Perit Wismayer Amber, B.E.&A. (Hons) (Melit.), M.Sc. (Lond.)
Perit Zahra Josef, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E., Energy Performance Assessor
Perit Zahra David, B.E.&A. (Hons), MSc Cons Tech, EPC Assessor (Residential)
Perit Zammit Ivan, B.E.&A. (Hons)
Perit Zammit Hector, B.E.&A. (Hons), Dip.C.Eng.(Glas), P.G.Dip.(Env.Mgt.), M.C.I.Arb., A.&C.E.
Perit Zammit Leonard, B.E.&A. (Hons), A.&C.E.
Perit Zarb Jean Luke, A.&C.E., Masters in Structural Engineering
Perit Zerafa Robert, B.E.&A. (Hons), MSc. (Road Eng.) A.&C.E. CEng MCIHT

4th January, 2019



No. 4

CODE OF ORGANIZATION AND CIVIL PROCEDURE (CAP. 12)

Court Appointed Experts – Accountants 2019

IT is notified for general information that the persons mentioned hereunder have been nominated on the Panel of Accountants for the period from the 1st January, 2019, to the 31st December, 2019, or for such a shorter term as may be decided by a Board appointed for such purpose:

 Agius Alex – Accountant and Auditor, FIA, CPA, (Reg. Auditor), MBA (Henley); Dip. Tax MIT, MIM

Attard Pauline – Accountant warrant (10735), Masters in Financial Services (2012), Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Mentoring, Accountancy degree Course with the Malta Institute of Accountants, Bachelor of Commerce in Accounts and Economics, Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Barbara Bianco Rosabelle – Approved Accountancy Board External Reviewer, Warrant holder: Certified Public Accountant and Practising Certificate in Auditing, Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons.)

Bonnici Christian – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Management, Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours (B. Accountancy Hons), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

Busuttil Paul Edgar – ICAEW, MIA

Busuttil Silvio – Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor

Cachia Jake – ACCA, Prince2 (Project Management), Honours Degree in Marketing

Cachia Stefan – Bcomm Fia

Callus Marixei – Certified Public Accountant, MIA, ACCA

Cappitta Antonello – MIA Accounting qualification, Certified Public Accountant Warrant, Doctor of Business Administration MQF Level 8

Ciappara Mark – Certified Public Accountant with ACCA


Dalli Antoine – B. Accountancy Honours, Accountancy & Management, Master of Business Administration

Gauci Bernard Charles – FCCA, CPA, PCA, M.A. Fin. Serv

Gravina Christian – B. Accountancy Hons. and B.Com Accounting, Insurance and Finance, Certified Public Accountant, Registered Auditor, Member of the Institute of Accountants

Grima Marilyn – Bachelor of Accountancy, Master of Arts in European Studies

Incorvaja Kevin Leonard – Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce Banking and Finance, Certified Public Accountant warrant

Meilak Alan – ACCA

Sapiano Matthew – B.Com, B. Accountancy (Hons.), FIA, CPA, Practicing Certificate in Auditing, IFSP Foundation Certificate in Trusts Law and Management
Turner Arthur Douglas – F.C.C.A., B.A. (Hons), F.I.A., F.M.I.T., C.P.A.

Vella Christopher – B.A. (Hons.) Accty, FIA, CPA (practising certificate in auditing)

4th January, 2019



No. 5

CODE OF ORGANIZATION AND CIVIL PROCEDURE (CAP. 12)

Court Appointed Experts – Engineers 2019

IT is notified for general information that the persons mentioned hereunder have been nominated on the Panel of Engineers for the period from the 1st January, 2019, to the 31st December, 2019, or for such a shorter term as may be decided by a Board appointed for such purpose:

Azzopardi Brian, Ph.D, PGCHE, B.Eng. (Hons.), Cert.FE, C.Eng. EI Chartered Energy Engineer, SMIEEE, MIET, MEI, MRSC
Bellizzi Nicholas, B. Mech Eng (Hons) M.Sc. Leeds
Bonello Noel, B.Eng. (Hons)
Borg Myatt Rudolph, B. Mech Eng (Hons)
Chetcuti Roger, MSc. Building Services (Brunel), B Eng (Hons.) (Melit.)
Cutajar Jordan Yves, B.Eng Mec. (Hons)
Leone Ganado Timothy, B.Eng (Hons), MSc Building Services Engineering Managment, MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, FCIBSE
Micallef Brian W, B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering (CCE), Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Engineering
Micallef Jeffrey J, B. Eng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (CCE), Ph.D Communications & Computer Engineering
Micallef Joseph, B.Elec.Eng.(Hons.), Eur. Ing., C.Eng., MIET
Muscat Maria Rita, B. Eng. (Hons.) Mechanical, MSc IPD
Pace Luke, Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical) (M.Sc.(Melit.), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering with Industrial and Materials Engineering (B.Eng. (Hons) (Melit.), Electricity Installation, Alteration, Extension and Certification of Electrical Wirings and Fittings (Electrician Authorisation – A)
Sammut Christopher, B.Eng.(Hons.) Malta, MSc. (Building Services Engineering Management), Brunel UK
Spiteri Raymond, BSc Mechanical Engineering (Hons.), MBA (Henley), Dipl. Eng. (Vienna – Lift Technology), MASHRAE (USA), MCIBSE (UK)
Zammit Brian, B. Eng (Hons), PhD
Zammit Gene, B. Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

4th January, 2019



No. 6

MINISTRY FOR FINANCE

A Once-Only Grant on the Purchase of a Musical Instrument

WITH reference to Government Notice number 204, published in Government Gazette number 17,734 of the 1st March 2005, grant scheme ‘A Once-Only Grant on the Purchase of a Musical Instrument’ is being amended as follows.

In order to further promote local talent in the musical field, the Minister for Finance has made the following Scheme. 

1. Interpretation

In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires: 

‘Malta’ means the islands of Malta;

‘Member State’ means a Member State of the European Union; 

‘European Union’ has the same meaning as is assigned to it by article 2 of the European Union Act (Cap. 460), and includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein;

‘application’ means an application made for a grant under this scheme; 

‘musical instrument’ means any musical instrument mentioned in the following list: pianos, including automatic pianos; harpsichords and other keyboard stringed instruments; other string musical instruments for example, guitars, violins and harps; keyboard pipe organs; harmoniums and similar keyboard instruments with free metal reeds; accordions and similar instruments; mouth organs; other wind musical instruments for example, clarinets, trumpets, bagpipes; percussion musical instruments for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets and maracas; musical instruments, the sound of which is produced, or must be amplified, electrically, for example, organs, digital pianos, synthesizers, guitars and accordions; any other musical instrument of these types. 

‘applicant’ means any person who is a resident of Malta, and who, on the effective date or after, is a practising musician or is pursuing music studies with the aim of playing a musical instrument/s. When the applicant is under the age of 16 as at the date of application, one of the parents or the legal guardian must apply on his/her behalf.


‘person residing in Malta’ means a natural person who either holds a legally valid identification document issued in terms of the Identity Card and other Documents Act (Cap. 258) or who has a residence permit or equivalent documentation issued by the national competent authority;

‘musical instrument not purchased from Malta’ means goods supplied by a taxable person who is established in another Member State other than in Malta or is established outside the Community; 

‘effective date’ means the 1st January, 2019; 

‘fiscal receipt’ means a receipt as defined in the Thirteenth Schedule to the Value Added Tax (Chap. 406), as subsequently amended, and also includes any regulation made by the same Act;

‘purchase price of the musical instrument’ means the total purchase price of the musical instrument as a complete final product including VAT, as shown on the fiscal receipt, excluding any additional parts or accessories and which purchase price have been paid in full by the applicant prior to applying for this grant;

2. Area of applicability 

This Scheme applies to the expenditure that is incurred once only on the purchase of a musical instrument bought by/for the applicant for his/her personal use on or after the effective date. The applicant is entitled to a once-only grant on the purchase of the musical instrument. However, he/she could subsequently benefit from other once only grants in relation to the purchase of other musical instruments, provided that the sum total of all such grants does not exceed four hundred sixty-five euro, eighty-seven cents (€465.87).

3. Expenditure to be reported 

The expenditure to be reported is in respect of the final purchase price of the musical instrument as defined in section (1) above. 

4. Manner of application and supporting documents 

Applications under this scheme shall be made only via the official electronic portal/s which may be indicated from time to time for this purpose.

For this purpose, the applicant shall furnish the details of the invoices/fiscal receipts and any further documentation required to be submitted as required on the indicated portal.  Provided that, the original fiscal receipts/invoices and relevant documentation shall be kept by the applicant for a period of not less than two years from the date of application and produced upon request to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue for verification purposes.

Failure to produce any such documents upon request, the applicant will be obliged to refund the amount paid under the scheme and in the case of a fraudulent application criminal action in terms of the Criminal Code (Cap 9) will be taken against him.

In the case of a musical instrument not purchased from Malta the original invoice issued by the supplier indicating the type of musical instrument purchased, together with a delivery note, original documentary proof that final payment has been affected and clearance from Maltapost/Department of Customs Malta as may be required, must be retained by the applicant for a period as stipulated above. These documents must confirm that the musical instrument was really purchased; that the purchase price of the musical instrument which price includes duty and VAT as may be required was really paid in full; that such a purchase was effected by the applicant for the applicant; and that the musical instrument was delivered to the applicant’s residence. The purchased musical instrument must also have a certificate of conformity with EU standard safety regulations, as may be required.

Only those applications that are found to conform with the provisions of this Scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in section 5 of the Scheme. 

Applications under this Scheme, including the details of the documents required should be submitted by not later than three months from the date of purchase of the musical instrument. 

Applications received ‘late’, that is after the three-month period, shall be deemed to be invalid applications.

5. Grant payable under this Scheme 

Eligible applicants may apply for a once only grant of 15.25% on the purchase price of the musical instrument, subject to a maximum grant of four hundred sixty-five euro, eighty-seven cents (€465.87). As explained in section 2 above, eligible applicants may subsequently benefit from other once-only grants on other musical instruments, provided the total value of grants received does not exceed four hundred sixty-five euro, eighty-seven cents (€465.87). 

6. Payment of Grant 

The grant will be credited to the applicant, or to the parent/s/legal guardian/s in the case of applicants under the age of 16, in the bank account that is indicated in the application.

7. Validity of application 

An application shall not be deemed to be valid unless: 

it is full and complete in all material aspects; 
it is accompanied by all the relevant details as required; 
is submitted to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue via the official electronic portal by not later than three months from the date of purchase of the musical instrument as is stipulated in Section 4 of this scheme.

8. Duration of the Scheme 

This scheme shall remain in force for a period of one year from the effective date unless terminated beforehand by a Notice in the Government Gazette, and shall be further renewed for further periods of one year unless a Notice to the contrary is published in the Government Gazette. 

9. Amendments to the Scheme 

The Minister for Finance reserves the right to make any amendments to this scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette. 

10. Transitory provisions 

Applications made under this Scheme relating to the expenditure on the purchase price of the musical instruments and which purchase was carried out between the effective date and the date of publication of this Notice, shall be deemed to be valid applications under this Scheme. In such cases, applications shall be submitted within three months from the date of publication of this Notice. 

4th January, 2019



No. 7

MINISTRY FOR FINANCE

Weddings/Civil Union Ceremonies, Funerals and Priesthood Ordination Grants

WITH REFERENCE to Government Notice number 965, that was published on the 23rd September 2014 in Government Gazette number 19,314, grant scheme ‘Weddings/Civil Union Ceremonies’ is being amended as follows.

SCHEME A

Weddings/Civil Union Ceremonies

1. Interpretation

In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:


‘Eligible Applicants’ means a couple who gets married or enters into a civil union in terms of the relative provisions of the Civil Code (Cap. 16) on or after the effective date in accordance with clause 2 of this Scheme and who has never benefited from the same scheme; 

‘application’ means an application made for a grant under this scheme; 

‘pro-rata basis’ means the allocation of a maximum amount of the grant which is payable under each respective category of goods and services indicated in the First Schedule to this Scheme. 

‘effective date’ means 1st January 2019; 

‘Malta’ means the islands of Malta;

‘Member State’ means a Member State of the European Union; 

‘European Union’ has the same meaning as is assigned to it by article 2 of the European Union Act (Cap. 460), and includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein;

‘goods and services relating to weddings/civil union ceremonies’ means the goods and services specified in the First Schedule to this scheme; 

‘goods and services not purchased in Malta’ means goods or services supplied by a taxable person who is established in another Member State other than in Malta or is established outside the Community; 

‘person residing in Malta’ means a natural person who either holds a legally valid identification document issued in terms of the Identity Card and other Documents Act (Cap. 258) or who has a residence permit or equivalent documentation issued by the national competent authority;

‘fiscal receipt’ means a receipt as defined in the Thirteenth Schedule to the Value Added Tax Act (Cap. 406), as subsequently amended, and also includes any regulation made under the same Act;
 
‘marriage/civil union ceremony’ means a ceremony where two people are united in marriage/ a civil union in terms of the relative provisions of the Civil Code (Cap. 16). 

2. Area of applicability 

This scheme applies to expenditure incurred by eligible applicants who get married or enter into a civil union on or after the effective date, on the supply of goods and services relating to their wedding/civil union ceremony, which function is performed in Malta and where, on the date of marriage/civil union, at least one of the applicants is a person residing in Malta. In the case where one of the applicants party to such a marriage or civil union has already benefited from such a scheme through a previous marriage or civil union but which marriage or civil union has been legally dissolved/annulled, the grant entitlement under this scheme would be reduced by a fraction of one half. In the case where both parties of such a marriage or civil union have already benefited from such a scheme through previous marriages or civil unions no grant would be awarded. 

3. Expenditure to be reported 

The expenditure to be reported is in respect of the supply of goods and services indicated in the First Schedule to this scheme. 

4. Manner of application and supporting documents


Applications under this scheme shall be made only via the official electronic portal/s which may be indicated from time to time for this purpose.

For this purpose, the applicant shall furnish the details of the invoices/fiscal receipts and any further documentation required to be submitted as required on the indicated portal.  Provided that, the original fiscal receipts/invoices and relevant documentation shall be kept by the applicant for a period of not less than two years from the date of application and produced upon request to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue for verification purposes.

Failure to produce any such documents upon request, the applicant will be obliged to refund the amount paid under the scheme and in the case of a fraudulent application criminal action in terms of the Criminal Code (Cap 9) will be taken against him.

In the case, where the goods and services are not purchased from a supplier in Malta, the original invoice issued by the supplier indicating the type of goods or services acquired, together with a delivery note, original documentary proof that final payment has been affected and clearance from Maltapost/Department of Customs Malta as may be required, must be retained by the applicant for a period as stipulated above. This documentation should establish that the goods and services in question were purchased by, delivered to and paid for by the applicants. In addition, where required the goods shall also have a certificate that attests conformity with EU health and safety standards;

Only those applications that are found to conform to the provisions of this Scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in section 5 of this scheme. 

Applications under this scheme, including the details of documents required, should be submitted by not later than six months (180 days) from the date of the marriage/civil union ceremony. Applications received ‘late’, that is after the six-month period, shall be deemed to be invalid applications. 


5. Grant payable under the Scheme 

The grant payable under the scheme on a valid application made by eligible applicants shall be calculated on a pro-rata basis at 13.04% commensurate with the expenditure reported in the application and in any case shall not exceed a maximum of two thousand Euro (€2,000). 

6. Payment of grant 

The grant will be credited to the bank account indicated by the applicant in the application.

7.Validity of application 

An application shall not be deemed to be valid unless: 

(a) it is full and complete in all material aspects; 

(b) it is accompanied by all the relevant documentation or details as required; 

(c) is furnished to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue by not later than six months from the date of the wedding/civil union ceremony as is stipulated in Section 4 of this scheme. 

8. Duration of the scheme 

This scheme shall remain in force for an indefinite period from the effective date, until such time that the Minister for Finance may opt to terminate it by a notice to be published in the Government Gazette.

9. Amendments to the scheme 

The Minister for Finance reserves the right to make any amendments to this scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette.

10. Transitory Provisions 

Applications made under this scheme relating to the expenditure incurred by eligible applicants, on the supply of goods and services relating to their wedding/civil union ceremony, which function is performed in Malta carried out between the effective date and the date of publication of this Notice, shall be deemed to be valid applications under this scheme. In such cases applications shall be submitted within three months from the date of publication of this Notice.


FIRST SCHEDULE 

Categories of supplies of goods and services connected with weddings/civil union ceremonies. 

Clause 3 

1. Hairdresser – Beautician – Make-up artist. 

2. Bridal/Partner wear including bridesmaids’/pageboys. 


3. Hire of suits: bridegroom/partner, witnesses, best man, ushers, etc. 

4. Bridal/Partner car and other chauffeur hired cars. 


5. Flowers and floral arrangements. 

6. Audio visual services: video - audio recordings - photography. 

7. Services of singer/choir/musicians at wedding /civil union ceremony. 

8. Services of singers/musicians/bands disco at wedding/ civil union reception. 

9. Hire of wedding/civil union reception venue. 

10. Catering, beverages and waiter services at wedding/ civil union reception.

11. Services of an event organiser. 

12. Other expenses – souvenirs, invites, etc.

4th January 2019



No. 8

MINISTRY FOR FINANCE

A Once-Only Grant on the Purchase of a Bicycle and a Pedelec Bicycle

IN ORDER to encourage the use of clean means of transport while, at the same time, encouraging physical exercise, the Minister for Finance has made the following scheme.

1. Interpretation

In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:

‘applicant’ means any person who is a resident in Malta. When the applicant is under the age of 16 as on the date of application, one of the parents or the legal guardian must apply on his/her behalf;

‘effective date’ means 1st January 2019;

‘Malta’ means the islands of Malta;

‘person’ means a natural person and does not include any organisational entity;

‘person residing in Malta’ means a natural person who holds a legally valid identification document issued in terms of the Identity Card And Other Documents Act (Cap. 258) or who has a residence permit or equivalent documentation issued by a competent national authority; 

‘fiscal receipt’ means a receipt as defined in the Thirteenth Schedule to the Value Added Tax (Chap. 406), as subsequently amended, and also includes any regulation made by the same Act;

‘bicycle’ means any bicycle that is not a motor-powered bicycle and includes also a pedelec bicycle, which is an electric pedal cycle which must be pedalled and which electric motor assists the cyclist only when the cyclist is pedalling. A pedelec bicycle does not possess a throttle and its electric motor must have an output not exceeding 250 watts.  The kerbside weight of the pedelec bicycle must not exceed 40 kg and 60 kg in the case of a pedelec tandem bicycle;

‘purchase price of the bicycle’ means the total purchase price of the complete bicycle including VAT, however excluding any additional parts or accessories and which purchase price have been paid in full by the applicant prior to applying for this grant.

2.  Area of applicability

This scheme applies to the expenditure that is incurred once only on the purchase price of the bicycle by the applicant, and which bicycle is purchased by the applicant on the effective date or afterwards during the duration of this scheme.  Persons who have already benefited from the grants of the previous schemes related to the purchase of a bicycle which appeared as a Government Notice No. 1095 of the Government Gazette of the 9th December 2008, as a Government Notice No. 91 of the Government Gazette of the 28th January 2011, as a Government Notice No. 278 of the Government Gazette of the 7th April 2015, as a Government Notice No. 1231 of the Government Gazette of the 15th December 2015, as a Government Notice No. 38 of the Government Gazette of the 8th January 2017, and as a Government Notice No. 11 of the Government Gazette of the 5th January 2018, are excluded from applying for this scheme.

3. Expenditure to be reported

The expenditure to be reported is in respect of the purchase price of the bicycle as defined in section (1) above.

4. Manner of application and supporting documents

Applications under this scheme shall be made only via the official electronic portal/s which may be indicated from time to time for this purpose.

For this purpose, the applicant shall furnish the details of the invoices/fiscal receipts and any further documentation required to be submitted as required on the indicated portal.  Provided that, the original fiscal receipts/invoices and relevant documentation shall be kept by the applicant for a period of not less than two years from the date of application and produced upon request to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue for verification purposes.

Failure to produce any such documents upon request the applicant will be obliged to refund the amount paid under the scheme and in the case of a fraudulent application criminal action in terms of the Criminal Code (Cap 9) will be taken against him.

In the case of a bicycle not purchased from Malta the original invoice issued by the supplier indicating the type of bicycle purchased, together with the delivery note, the original documentary proof that final payment has been effected, and clearance from Maltapost/Department of Customs Malta as may be required, must be retained by the applicant for a period as stipulated above. These documents must confirm that the bicycle was really purchased; that the purchase price of the bicycle which price includes duty and VAT as may be required was really paid in full; that such a purchase was effected by the purchaser for the purchaser; and that the bicycle was delivered to the applicant’s residence.  The purchased bicycle must also have a certificate of conformity with EU standard safety regulations, as may be required. 

Only those applications that are found to conform with the provisions of this scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in section 5 of the scheme.

Applications under this scheme, including the details of the documents required, should be submitted by not later than three months from the purchase of the bicycle.  

Applications received ‘late’, that is after the three month period, shall be demed to be invalid applications.

5. Grant payable under this scheme

Eligible applicants may apply for a once-only grant of 15.25% on the purchase price of the bicycle subject to a maximum grant of 85 Euro in the case of a non-mechanised bicycle and a maximum grant of 250 Euro in the case of a pedelec bicycle.

6. Payment of Grant

The grant will be credited to the applicant, or to the parent/s/legal guardian/s in the case of applicants under the age of sixteen, in the bank account that is indicated in the application.

7. Validity of application

An application shall not be deemed to be valid unless: 

it is full and complete in all material aspects; 
it is accompanied by all the relevant details as required; 
is submitted to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue via the official electronic portal by not later than three months from the date of purchase of the bicycle as is stipulated in Section 4 of this scheme.
                              
8. Duration of the scheme

This scheme has a definite duration and will start as from the 1st January, 2019, and end on the 31st December, 2019, unless this scheme is not modified/terminated by means of a Notice in the Government Gazette and shall be renewed as deemed necessary by the Minister for Finance and as such shall be thus published in another Notice in the Gazette.  

9. Amendments to the scheme

The Minister for Finance reserves the right to make any amendments to this scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette.
10. Transitory provisions

Applications made under this scheme relating to the expenditure on the purchase price of the bicycle, and which purchase was carried out between the effective date and the date of publication of this Notice, shall be deemed to be valid applications under this scheme. In such cases applications shall be submitted within three months from the date of publication of this Notice.

4th January, 2019



No. 9

MINISTRY FOR FINANCE

Government Grant on the Purchase of Bicycles 
and Pedelec Bicycles by Companies that Offer Such Bicycles for Hire

IN ORDER to encourage the use of clean means of transport while, at the same time, encouraging physical exercise, the Minister for Finance has made the following scheme.

1. Interpretation

In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:

‘applicant’ means the registered company or registered self employed person applying for the grant under this scheme and who is the purchaser of bicycles or pedelec bicycles and that offers such bicycles for hire;

‘application’ means the application made for a grant under this scheme;

‘effective date’ means 1st January 2019;

‘grant’ means the grant being given under this scheme to the purchaser of a bicycle or pedelec bicycle which satisfies the requirements of paragraph 4;

‘fiscal receipt’ means a receipt as defined in the Thirteenth Schedule to the Value Added Tax (Chap. 406), as subsequently amended, and also includes any regulation made by the same Act;
 
‘registered company’ means any commercial company registered in Malta with the Malta Financial Services Authority;

‘Malta’ means the islands of Malta;
‘Minister’ means the Minister responsible for Finance;
‘businesses’ means any commercial company including partnerships registered in Malta with the Malta Financial Services Authority or a self-employed person in accordance to National Law or a cooperative society;

‘registered self-employed’ means, for the purpose of this scheme, any person who resides in Malta and is registered with the Employment Corporation, the Inland Revenue Department, the Value Added Tax Department and has a trade licence from the Trade Department. 

‘person residing in Malta’ means a natural person who either holds a legally valid identification document issued in terms of the Identity Card and other Identity Documents Act (Cap. 258) or who has a residence permit or who has a residence permit or equivalent documentation issued by the national competent authority;

‘bicycle’ means any bicycle that is not a motor-powered bicycle and includes also a pedelec bicycle, which is an electric pedal cycle which must be pedalled and which electric motor assists the cyclist only when the cyclist is pedalling. A pedelec bicycle does not possess a throttle and its electric motor must have an output not exceeding 250 watts.  The kerbside weight of the pedelec bicycle must not exceed 40 kg and 60 kg in the case of a pedelec tandem bicycle;

‘Member State’ means a Member State of the European Union;

‘European Union’ has the same meaning as is assigned to it by article 2 of the European Union Act (Cap. 460), and includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein;

‘purchase price of the bicycle’ means the total purchase price of the complete bicycle including VAT, however excluding any additional parts or accessories and which purchase price have been paid in full by the applicant prior to applying for this grant;

2. Area of applicability

This scheme applies to the expenditure that is incurred on the purchase price of the bicycle or pedelec bicycle by the applicant, and which bicycle is purchased by the applicant on the effective date or afterwards during the duration of this scheme.  

3. Expenditure to be reported

The expenditure to be reported is in respect of the purchase price of the bicycle or pedelec bicycle as defined in section (1) above.

4. Manner of application and supporting documents


Applications under this scheme shall be made only via the official electronic portal/s which may be indicated from time to time for this purpose.

For this purpose, the applicant shall furnish the details of the invoices/fiscal receipts and any further documentation required to be submitted as required on the indicated portal.  Provided that, the original fiscal receipts/invoices and relevant documentation shall be kept by the applicant for a period of not less than two years from the date of application and produced upon request to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue for verification purposes.

Failure to produce any such documents upon request the applicant will be obliged to refund the amount paid under the scheme and in the case of a fraudulent application criminal action in terms of the Criminal Code (Cap 9) will be taken against him.

In the case of a bicycle or pedelec bicycle not purchased from Malta the original invoice issued by the supplier indicating the type of bicycle or pedelec bicycle purchased, together with the delivery note, the original documentary proof that final payment has been affected, and clearance from Maltapost/Department of Customs Malta as may be required, must be retained by the applicant for a period as stipulated above. These documents must confirm that the bicycle or pedelec bicycle was really purchased; that the purchase price of the bicycle or pedelec bicycle which price includes duty and VAT as may be required was really paid in full; that such a purchase was affected by the purchaser for the purchaser; and that the bicycle or pedelec bicycle was delivered to the applicant.  The purchased bicycle or pedelec bicycle must also have a certificate of conformity with EU standard safety regulations, as may be required. 

Only those applications that are found to conform with the provisions of this scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in section 5 of the scheme.

Applications under this scheme, including the details of the documents required, should be submitted by not later than three months from the purchase of the bicycle.  

Applications received ‘late’, that is after the three month period, shall be demed to be invalid applications.

5. Grant payable under this scheme

Eligible applicants may apply for a grant of 15.25% on the purchase price of bicycles subject to a maximum grant of 85 Euro per non-mechanisedd bicycle and a maximum grant of 250 Euro per case of pedelec bicycle.  This up to a capping of €7,500 per applicant.

6. Payment of Grant

The grant will be credited to the bank account indicated by the applicant in the application.

7. Validity of application

An application shall not be deemed to be valid unless: 

it is full and complete in all material aspects; 
it is accompanied by all the relevant details as required; 
is submitted to the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue via the official electronic portal by not later than three months from the date of purchase of the bicycle as is stipulated in Section 4 of this scheme.
                                        
8. Duration of the scheme

This scheme has a definite duration and will start as from the 1st January 2019, and end on the 31st December 2019, unless this scheme is not modified/terminated by means of a Notice in the Government Gazette and shall be renewed as deemed necessary by the Minister for Finance and as such shall be thus published in another Notice in the Gazette.  

9. State Aid

This scheme will be implemented in accordance with the provisions of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid, OJ L 352/1 of 24 December 2013. Companies and self-employed persons applying for these grants should make sure that they are within the limits of State Aid and will have to fill the attached form on State Aid.

10. Amendments to the scheme

The Minister for Finance reserves the right to make any amendments to this scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette.

11. Transitory provisions

Applications made under this scheme relating to the expenditure on the purchase price of the bicycle or pedelec bicycle, and which purchase was carried out between the effective date and the date of publication of this Notice, shall be deemed to be valid. In such cases applications shall be submitted within three months from the date of publication of this Notice.

SCHEDULES

Schedule A – State Aid Declaration Form








No. 15

MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Boat Restoration Scheme

THIS scheme shall help in the cultural preservation of the local fishing fleet and is aimed at the professional categories (MFA/MFB). Registered wooden fishing vessels which year of construction dates prior to 2007 (base year also included). Only MFA or MFB registered vessels, which vessel type is either a: Firilla, Frejgatina, Kajjik and Luzzu, shall be considered as being eligible. Apart from financial and sectorial aspects, these vessels have also a cultural and historical value and should therefore be preserved. 

1. Definitions

In this scheme, unless the context requires otherwise:
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

“Director” means the Director responsible for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

 “Owner/s” means the natural or legal person/s under whom the ownership of a fishing vessel is registered. 


“Applicant” carries the same meaning as “owner”. 

2. Who is eligible for such assistance?

Owner/s of fishing vessel/s which are made entirely of wood, are registered in the professional categories (MFA/MFB), which year of construction was 2007 or earlier. Only MFA or MFB registered vessels, which vessel type is either a: Firilla, Frejgatina, Kajjik and Luzzu, shall be considered as being eligible.

This measure will be implemented in line with the provisions of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 717/2014 of 27 June 2014 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector (OJ L 190, 28.6.2014, p. 45). The DFA shall request for a signed declaration from the undertaking concerned about any other de minimis aid received during the previous two fiscal years and the current fiscal year. Applications shall not be considered as eligible unless the above regulatory provisions are met.

3. How does a person acquire the right for this assistance?

Eligible vessel owners should fill in an Application Form to formally register their interest in this scheme. All declarations and documentation should be provided as per instructions provided in the Application Form.

Interested applicants are encouraged to fill in the attached Application Form and then return it by hand to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture by not later than the 15/01/2019, unless otherwise notified by the DFA.

All eligible and non eligible applicants shall be notified via an official letter.

Payments shall be processed in two (2) batches, following the submission of itemised, valid fiscal receipts.

Following the vetting of receipts received, a cheque totalling only the eligible expenditure shall than be issued by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to the applicant. Applicants shall be notified by post to collect this cheque in person from the Department.

4. How support is calculated

The maximum financial allocation shall be calculated on the registered vessel length in meters as per below pre defined length categories, each having a corresponding financial value. In under no circumstance shall the value of maximum support received exceed the stipulated value. The total value of receipts submitted shall be capped to this pre-defined limit.

Category 1: 00–05.99M - €1,300 (Max. Support)
Category 2: 06–11.99M - €2,700 (Max. Support)

Following the second/last submission of receipts, eligible applicants shall not be entitled in any manner for any pending unclaimed balance.

Vessel owner/s in possession of more than one eligible vessel shall be entitled to apply for multiple vessels, which financial support shall than be calculated following the same principles as stipulated in the above schedule, depending on the applicable category. 

The Grant can only be availed of/applied for once (per vessel), by the applicant (registered person/s) owning the vessel/s. 

The DFA reserves the right to revise the total eligible maximum support value if required.

5. What does such assistance consist of?

This measure will be implemented in line with the provisions of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 717/2014 of 27 June, 2014, on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector (OJ L 190, 28.6.2014, p. 45). 

Only the following or similar expenditure shall be considered as being eligible:

Decorative, protective and antifouling paint (or similar);
Solid, laminated, plywood wood sheets and planks (or similar);
Copper nails, bolts, rivets and screws (or similar);
Glues, epoxy, sealant and caulking (or similar);
Direct labour costs (up to a maximum of 20% of the total eligible support)

The following or similar expenditure shall be considered as being non eligible:
Equipment (or similar);
Engine parts, engine oils, lubricants (or similar);

Power tools and hand tools (or similar); 

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture reserves the right to determine the eligibility of submitted receipts/claimed expenditure, as per parameters stipulated above. All expenditure eligibility shall be subject to the scrutiny, interpretation and acceptance of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Expenditure defined as being eligible or non eligible by the Department shall be deemed as final. 


The English version of both the Application Form and the Terms and Conditions shall prevail in case of conflict or interpretation with the Maltese version.

6. How shall it be paid?

A cheque totalling only the eligible expenditure shall be issued by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to the applicant. Applicants shall be notified by post to collect this cheque in person from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. 

This cheque will be valid for a period of two months from the date of issue.

Registered vessel owner/s benefitting from this scheme cannot decommission their vessel for a period of 5 years following the date of acceptance of support, unless support received is entirely refunded back to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture by the applicant/owners benefitting from this scheme. If during the 5 year period the boat is sold or transferred, the original applicant/owner shall still remain legally responsible of actions incurred.


7. Whenever false information is given or failure to conform to the Provisions of the Scheme

Any false declaration/s shall be defined as being a criminal offence. The applicant shall be held personally liable to return back any monies received, if payments would have already been processed. One will also be automatically disqualified from the scheme. This clause does not have an applicable time limit and shall remain in force indefinitely.

8. Duration of the scheme

This is a one-time scheme which shall be launched, implemented and concluded between the year 2018 and 2020. 
Receipts shall only be considered as valid if the expenditure incurred/receipt date falls between the period 12/11/2018 and 12/11/2019.

9. Amendments to the scheme

The Minister shall make the necessary amendments to this scheme by publishing the said amendments in the Government Gazette.

The closing date of this scheme has been extended from the 14th December, 2018 to 15th January, 2019.

4th January, 2019




No. 16

GOLDSMITHS AND SILVERSMITHS ACT (CAP. 46)

THE Commissioner of Inland Revenue notifies that, on the date shown hereunder, the price of gold and silver on which valuations made by the Consuls for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths are based has been fixed for the purposes of article 14 of the said Act as follows:


Date Pure Gold Pure Silver
           Grams   Grams
4.1.2019 €36.581         €0.465

4th January, 2019