Jun
05

Extensive Amendments to Maltese Competition and Consumer Law

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The Competition Act and Consumer Affairs Act and other Laws (Amendment) Act was enacted on 31 May 2019.This Act extensively amends the Competition Act, the Consumer Affairs Act and other related legislation.It comes in the wake of theAugust 2018 public consultation procedure launched by the Government of Malta (see  here ) and a reworked draft bill (see here ), all intended to ensure that the procedure adopted by the relevant administrative authorities in competition and consumer cases comply with the right to a fair hearing enshrined in the Constitution of M...
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Mar
29

Parliament Tables Bill Amending the Competition Act and Consumer Affairs Act

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In August 2018, the Government of Malta launched a public consultation procedure regarding proposed amendments to the Competition Act (Cap 379 of the laws of Malta), the Consumer Affairs Act (Cap 378 of the laws of Malta), and other related legislation. A draft bill had also been published (you can read about this here . The proposed changes were a reaction to the principles that emerged from the Constitutional Court judgement in Federation of Estate Agents v Direttur Generali (Kompetizzjoni) et of the 3 May 2016 (you can read our article on the judgment here . Fo...
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Oct
24

Legal Update: Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Industry

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In April 2018, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The proposed Directive targets the imbalance of power in buyer-supplier relationships where the supplier is a small and medium-sized enterprise ('an SME') and the buyer is not. The EU's Special Committee on Agriculture supported the Commission's draft Directive. However, on the 1 October 2018, Members of the European Parliament that form part of the Agricultural Committee voted in favour of extending t...
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