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Malta

last updated: 31.07.2018

 

Malta recognised Estonia on 26 August 1991 and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 1 January 1992.
In May 1996, William Spiter became the first Maltese ambassador to Estonia, residing in Bonn. From 1997-2000, Malta was represented by Charge d’Affaires John Busuttil. In 2000, Eric Gerada-Azzopardi became the Maltese ambassador to Estonia, residing in Stockholm. He was the ambassador until autumn 2002. From 2002-2007 the Maltese Ambassador to Estonia was Mark Miceli-Farrugia. From 2008-2013 the Ambassador to Estonia was Laurence Grech, residing in Valetta. The current Maltese ambassador to Estonia is Prof. Charles L. Mifsud, who also resides in Valletta and presented his credentials on 5 November 2013.

Malta’s honorary consul in Estonia is lawyer Aku Johannes Sorainen (exequatur 26 November 2003).

From 1999-2002 the Estonian ambassador to Malta was Jaak Jõerüüt. Within the period of 2003-2006, Estonia was represented in Malta by Jüri Seilenthal. From 2006-2010 the Estonian ambassador to Malta was Andres Tomasberg and from 2010-2014, Merike Kokajev. As of 13 November 2013 the Estonian ambassador to Malta is Celia Kuningas-Saagpakk who, like her predecessors, resides in Rome.

Visits and Meetings

 

To Estonia  
November 2016 Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
May/June 2012 State visit of President George Abela
June 2009 Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi
October 2008 Foreign Minister Tonio Borg
May 2002 Speaker of the Parliament Anton Tabone
May 2001 President Guido de Marco on a state visit
To Malta  
November 2017 Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
September 2017 President Kersti Kaljulaid at the 13th meeting of the Arraiolos Group
March 2010 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet
October 2003 President Arnold Rüütel on a state visit
November 2002 President of the Riigikogu Toomas Savi
March 2001 Prime Minister Mart Laar

Agreements

 

Estonia and Malta have signed the Agreement on the Abolishment of Visa Requirements, which was signed on 2 December 1997 and came into force on 1 January 1998.

The Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation was signed on 3 May 2001 and came into force on 22 January 2003.

Economic Relations

 

Economic ties and trade between Estonia and Malta have thus far remained modest. Trade volumes have remained stable and the trade balance is positive for Estonia. In 2017 Malta was Estonia’s 84th trading partner. Goods totalling 2,4 million euros in value were exported (exports in 2012 valued 7.4 million) and 1,5 million euros worth of goods were imported from Malta. The total trade turnover was 3,9 million euros.

Estonian-Maltese trade 2010-2017 (in thousands EUR):

Year Export Import
2010 1918 566
2011 3311 512
2012 7041 313
2013 5741 1572
2014 11792 2011
2015 1800 2000
2016 13900 1000
2017 2400 1500

All economic figures originate from the Statistical Office of Estonia

Main export articles to Malta (2017):

  • Plant products – 42%
  • Ship supplying – 20%
  • Animal products (cheese) – 10%

Main import articles from Malta (2017):

  • Machinery and equipment – 58%
  • Plastics and plastic products– 28%

Investments

 

According to data from the Bank of Estonia, as of 31.12.2017 Malta had made direct investments in Estonia with a total value of 61.4 million euros. The most investments were made in financial and insurance sectors.

Estonian direct investments in Malta totalled 43.7 million euros in value. The main investments were made in the financial and insurance sectors. 

Tourism

 

Tourism is a rapidly developing branch of the economy for both Malta and Estonia. The Estonian Tourism Board and the Malta Tourism Board have had good co-operation for many years doing tourism studies, since both of the boards belong to the European Travel Commission.

Cultural Relations

 

In January 2017, the first Estonian film days took place in Malta.

In November 2016, the Estonian clown duo Piip and Tuut performed at the childrens and youth festival Żigużajg. In October-November, Estonian musicians took part in the Malta International Organ Festival. In July, Arvo Pärt's "Greater Antiphons" was premiered at the Malta International Arts Festival. 

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