Small Business & Crafts Unit

Small Businesses & Crafts Unit


About us:

The Unit is responsible for the crafts register and undertakes initiatives to update and maintain this register. The Unit is also responsible for European Union Initiatives related to internal Market.  It is also responsible for the organisation of the National Enterprise Support Awards on an annual basis, as a result of which two initiativaes are nominated to represent Malta in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.

Functions

  1. Crafts

1.1 Responsible for the Registration of Crafts Persons, certification of crafts persons and shops selling Maltese Crafts Interested crafts persons can register with this office on a voluntary basis. This can be done by filling the relevant Application form which is also available here and send it back to the Council together with:

  • 5 photos of the crafts products produced
  • A Short Profile of the activity
  • Any competence certificates the crafts persons might have.

1.2  Encourage crafts persons to make use of the voluntary certification system of craft products;
1.3  Promoting the use of the certificate drawn up in 5 languages amongst shop owners demonstrating that the shop sells genuine crafts products.

  1. National Enterprise Support Awards

The Commerce Department in collaboration with the Policy Development and Programme Implementation Directorate within the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses organises this competition, in the form of Awards  which are intended to foster more awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship both on a local and on a national level.

The competition consists of three sections.

Section A is open to Ministries, Departments, Public Authorities and Entities, Local Councils and Public-Private Partnerships.

Section B is open to NGOs, Trade Unions, University of Malta, Professional Associations, Public and Church Schools, Public Educational Institutions and Business Organizations.

A maximum of two initiatives submitted for the NESA competition are nominated to represent Malta in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards where they would have the honour to compete in a prestigious competition that offers extensive exposure and media coverage to the nominated projects. For the past years, the EEPA is held as part of the SME Assembly which is organised every year in October or November in the Member State which is hosting the Council of Ministers of the EU.


  1. SOLVIT

The Commerce Department acts as the Malta SOLVIT Centre. SOLVIT is a network that aims to resolve problems that citizens and businesses encounter when exercising their Internal Market rights.

Some areas in which SOLVIT can help are:

  • Getting your professional qualifications recognised
  • Visa & residence rights
  • Trade & services (businesses)
  • Vehicles & driving licences
  • Family benefits
  • Pension rights
  • Working abroad
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Health insurance
  • Access to education
  • Cross-border movement of capital or payments
  • VAT refunds.

SOLVIT cannot help:

  • if your company is having problems with another company
  • if you have a consumer-related problem
  • if you are seeking compensation for damages
  • if you take your case to court (due to its informal nature, SOLVIT cannot run in parallel with formal or legal proceedings).

More information: http://ec.europa.eu/solvit/

To submit a case to SOLVIT:

http://ec.europa.eu/eu-rights/enquiry-complaint-form/home?languageCode=en&origin=solvit-web


  1. Internal Market Information (IMI) System

The Commerce Department is Malta’s National IMI Coordinator (NIMIC). IMI is an online platform which helps Competent Authorities communicate with their counterparts in other EU Member States.

Apart from being easily adaptable for different legal modules, the system is also multilingual. Currently IMI has 34 policy modules covering 11 Legislative areas.

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/imi-net/index_en.htm​

Contact Details

Small Businesses and Crafts Unit

Commerce Department

Lascaris Bastions

Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan

Valletta VLT 1933

Emails:

Crafts:                   maltacrafts@gov.mt

IMI:                        nimic@gov.mt

SOLVIT:                 solvit.malta@gov.mt

NESA:                    nesa.comemrce.gov.mt

Tel: 25690 329/332/350