GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs insists that Eco Contribution must go. There are never ending reasons why this haphazard tax introduced by the previous administration must go once and for all.
First and foremost it has created, over the years, an unfair level playing field in so many sectors across the retail industry that it has become a nightmare. There are so many free riders of Eco Contribution, including a large number of foreign suppliers to the market, which will certainly sue the Government, if Government even insists to make them pay such a tax. They are not accustomed to having to pay an addittional tax in an EU Community that speaks day in day out of a fair market level playing field and effectively see such a small Member State implementing such legislation.
SMEs will no longer stand a legislation that does not exist anywhere in the Community and in addittion SMEs in Malta should not be different from their counterparts in the European Community. SMEs have a responsibility towards abiding to EU Directives that have been transposed to Maltese law. The WEEE Directive is one of these tragedies. Two authorised schemes, no logistical operation at all, because no one should be made to pay twice for an environmental obligation.
GRTU has over the years been insisting over the abolishment of Eco Contribution. In various meetings with Government Ministers and officials we have made our point. Either Eco Contribution goes or else we shall stand up to be counted. GRTU will not be alone in taking any action needed to make sure that Eco Contribution will be abolished. Enough is enough.
One day more of Eco Contibution after budget day would not be tolerated. It is the right time to make sure that Eco Contribution goes away once and for all. This would be a feather in the hat for the Government of the day. Many SMEs are so upset about the fact that the past administration did absolutely nothing about this issue that a very good number of them voted for change.
Change is what we want. Facts not words. We want change because this is a Government which promised to be Pro-business. We want Government to keep that promise. Ridding SMEs and the business community of Eco Contribution would be no small feat. Even setting a time frame by when this draconian Eco Contribution would be abolished would be a feat in itself. But the coming budget must deliver.
Delivery is the name of the game, the time for talking is now over. We hope that Government will abolish Eco Contribution and continue to work to create sustainable long term level playing field in all retail and manufacturing sectors.