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Parliamentary questions
3 July 2007
E-2530/2007
Answer given by Mr Špidla on behalf of the Commission

Malta notified the Commission that it adopted two new regulations on fixed-term work (LN 51/2007 and 52/2007) which repeal the previous regulation (LN 429/2002) with a view to aligning fixed-term work regulation in Malta with Directive 1999/70/EC on fixed-term work(1).

Following preliminary examination of the new regulations, the Commission noted that they contained exemptions as regards both the personal scope of application and the measures to prevent abuse of successive fixed-term contracts which seem to raise issues of compatibility with Directive 1999/70/EC. Furthermore, it is not clear to the Commission whether the new regulations have entered into force and thereby repeal the previous regulation.

On this basis, the Commission sent a letter to the Maltese authorities on 21 May 2007 requesting further information on the outstanding issues. The Commission will keep the Honourable Member informed of any future developments.

(1)Council Directive 1999/70/EC of 28 June 1999 concerning the framework agreement on fixed-term work concluded by ETUC, UNICE and CEEP, OJ L 175, 10.7.1999.

OJ C 45, 16/02/2008
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