EC approves €40 million Maltese support subsidy scheme to support companies

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A €40 million Maltese interest rate subsidy scheme to support companies facing acute liquidity shortages due to the current coronavirus outbreak, has been approved said the European Commission.

This measure follows the €350 million guarantee scheme, which was approved last month.

In a statement, the Commission explained that the scheme was approved under the State aid temporary framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March.

The purpose of the scheme is to address the liquidity needs of companies of all sizes in Malta. The support will take the form of an interest rate subsidy by covering the interest costs on the initial two years of a loan, which will result in lower interest rates for the borrower.

The measure will also mitigate the pressure on the liquidity and financial sustainability of Maltese companies said the European Commission.

The Commission found that the Maltese scheme is in line with the conditions set out in the temporary framework and it will be applicable until 31 December of this year.

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