Fabian Demicoli

GRTU discusses administrative burdens on business with Hon. Agius Decelis

GRTU President and CEO have this week met Hon Anthony Agius
Decelis, Commissioner for Simplification and Reduction of Bureaucracy, whom
explained Government's plans in putting in place the promise we have been
hearing about for long, red carpet treatment for business.

Hon Agius Decelis said that the first part of the
programme, the consultation with various stakeholder, was now almost complete
and the second stage involved evaluation, lists prioritization of proposals and
take action directly with the relevant Ministries and Departments to ensure
they deliver and the necessary changes are made. He said that they have already
introduced a fast trek application system with MEPA and invited the GRTU to
make concrete suggestions that we together could work on. Hon Agius Decelis
emphasized that the sharing of data between Government Departments was
necessary and they were also introducing a sunset clause whereby if a reply by
the relevant Authorities is not given by a specified deadline, an application
form for instance, would be considered accepted.

GRTU stated that more transparency and clarity was
required for a number of processes where it is clear what a business needs to
adhere to and not end up depending on the whims of individuals. More clarity
for instance is needed with funds and schemes where a business knows clearly
whether it is eligible or not to benefit and what it needs to do. Nothing not
clearly stated beforehand can be requested after or used as an excuse to deny
funds. GRTU also mentioned that it would be putting forward also Customs, VAT
and Procurement issues to the Commissioner in order to improve the conditions
for business. 

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