Opportunities in Baltic States explored

Malta Enterprise has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Enterprise Lithuania, the business promotion agency in the largest of the Baltic States.

The MOU with Enterprise Lithuania, which paves the way for increased collaboration to facilitate trade and investment between the two countries, was signed on the sides of a Business Forum held in Vilnius during the State Visit by the President of Malta H.E. Dr George Abela.

ME leads delegation to major hub Italian economy

Malta Enterprise has led a 15-strong business delegation to the city of Milan, which is one of the major hubs of economic activity in neighbouring Italy.

The Lombardy region is indeed one of the main motors of the Italian economy, on its own contributing more than one fifth of the entire country's GDP. The region is among those which are trying to lead Italy out of the economic crisis and consequently presents various opportunities.

Support for Eco-innovative projects

The European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) is assisting public and private entities, particularly SMEs, to embark on eco-innovation projects through which they make better use of resources or reduce negative environmental impact of their operations.

Around €35million are available for the funding of projects through the Eco-Innovation initiative this year, with the European Commission funding up to 50% of the project's eligible costs for successful applicants.

ME temporarily suspends Energy Grant Scheme

During the course of routine checks, Malta Enterprise has noticed that certain quotations submitted by beneficiaries of the Energy Grant Scheme may not be in bona fede.

The matter has been referred to the police for investigation, and in line with corporate governance policies, the Corporation has also asked the Internal Audit Committee to review compliance with internal procedures.

Business First to facilitate MEPA services

A representative from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) will be at the Business First office in Pietà every Friday morning, thereby enhancing the service offered from the one-stop-shop for businesses, which already gathers more than 50 Government services under one roof.

While applications will still need to be submitted directly with MEPA, at Business First clients may check the status of their MEPA application as well as obtain explanations on the pre-screening process and on the general parameters of permits for specific developments.