Fabian Demicoli

GRTU request to extend advantageous billing scheme on electricity and water surcharge

GRTU – Malta Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises – has today requested the Office for Fair Competition to direct Enemalta Corporation and Water Services Corporation to extend the favourable billing scheme reserved only for enterprises in the licenced accommodation sector to all enterprises irrespective of the sector in which they operate. GRTU contends that the scheme is discriminatory to enterprises in other sectors and it is issued only on the strength of the monopoly enjoyed by both corporations. GRTU’s letter to Office For Fair Competition is below:

GRTU request to extend advantageous billing scheme on electricity and water surcharge to all enterprises

GRTU – Malta Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises – has today requested the Office for Fair Competition to direct Enemalta Corporation and Water Services Corporation to extend the favourable billing scheme reserved only for enterprises in the licenced accommodation sector to all enterprises irrespective of the sector in which they operate. GRTU contends that the scheme is discriminatory to enterprises in other sectors and it is issued only on the strength of the monopoly enjoyed by both corporations. GRTU’s letter to Office For Fair Competition is below:

Dear Mr Pizzuto,

Abuse of Dominant Position by Enemalta Corporation and Water Services Corporation

Enemalta is implementing a highly discriminatory preferential billing scheme applicable only to enterprises in the licenced accommodation sector. Through this scheme, hotel and tourist complexes are enjoying the advantage of a capping on electricity and water consumption billing which will be subjected to the 17% surcharge on water and electricity charges.

GRTU contends that this scheme should be made available to all enterprise owners without distinction of economic sector in which they operate. The decision of Enemalta Corporation and Water Services Corporation is discriminatory and is a unilateral decision taken only on grounds of the monopoly position both corporations enjoy one for the supply of water and the other for the supply of electricity services.

The Office for Fair Competition is requested to investigate and direct remedial action with a view to ensure that the discrimination is removed and the advantage offered to one sector of enterprise is offered to other enterprises in other sectors who meet the same criteria as defined in the advantageous billing scheme.

Yours sincerely,

Vincent Farrugia
Director General

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