Brussels, 18 December 2007
Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "I am pleased that after some hesitation Malta has decided to open its fuel market to competition. Malta made the commitment to create a level playing field in this important market when it joined the European Union, and I look forward to seeing the benefits competition will bring – ultimately to the benefit of Maltese consumers."
Under Article 31 of the EC Treaty, Member States are obliged to adjust any state monopolies of a commercial character so as to ensure that there is no discrimination between nationals of Member States regarding the conditions under which goods are bought and sold.
According to the Accession Treaty, Malta had to ensure that petroleum
products could be traded through a licensing system by 1 January 2006. Currently
the state-owned company Enemalta is the only company holding such a licence. In
October 2007, Malta adopted legislative measures to create a framework for a new
licensing procedure to allow other companies to apply for a licence. The
necessary implementing measures have also been published. The Commission has
been assured by the Maltese authorities that licences will be issued to
operators who meet the legal requirements.
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