EU rules stop 20 tonnes of EU-funded Maltese salt from being sold

In 2003, a storm contaminated the salt pans in Salini, located between the Coast Road and Kennedy Grove on Malta. The event forced salt production to a sudden halt. Restoration of the Salini salt pans involved a total investment of €7 million and was financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013 and the project was completed by 2015.
The salt pans in Salini are the most viable pans on the island. Because of the high yield of the salt pans, EU rules state that the salt cannot be sold in the EU. Not one gram of salt was collected in 2016. Around 20 tonnes of salt was collected from only two pans in 2017 – none of which can be put on the market due to EU rules.

The very fact that EU funds were used to restore the salt pans prevents them from being sold, because it would create a dominant market player. Considering the substantial size of the yield – 20 tonnes – it could easily flood the internal market of Malta. Normally you would think that the excess amount of salt could be exported to other EU countries, but EU rules state otherwise.

The salt is currently being held in a storage at Salina, and the obligation not to market the salt is valid until 2020.

Just two employees are currently working on the production of salt and perforing some maintenance.

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