PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli reiterates Malta’s and the EU’s aim to strengthen the welfare of consumers whilst ensuring a fair playing field for businesses

Addressing the EU Consumer and Competition Day conference held as part of the Maltese Presidency, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli emphasised the need of instilling confidence in consumers to ensure a successful Digital Single Market.

Minister Dalli stated that a Digital Single Market can only be functionable if consumers feel confident when shopping online, especially when they do so across borders.

We need to help consumers who are digitally vulnerable, and we also need to detect what is hindering consumers from choosing and accessing suitable products and services, said Helena Dalli.

The Minister spoke on the issue of competition and its benefits for both consumers and traders. In this regard, Minister Dalli said that under the Maltese Presidency, discussions at a Council level will commence in the next few weeks on a proposal to empower national competition authorities to enforce competition rules and to remove obstacles to the proper functioning of the internal market.

Referring to e-commerce, Minister Dalli said that this is an important driver of price transparency and price competition, which increases consumers’ choice and their ability to find the best deals, for both price and quality, across borders.

Safeguarding competition is thus imperative, as otherwise, if competition is weakened, it will directly affect consumers due to lack of choice, limited innovation, and also higher prices, added Minister Dalli.

The conference was also addressed by Johannes Laitenberger, Director General, DG Competition, Francisco Fonseca Morillo, Deputy Director-General, DG Justice and Consumers, and by Ing. Helga Pizzuto, Chair of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA).

Source: Government of Malta