The European economy is expected to grow for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with expansion forecast in every Member State.
The report states that Malta's economy is projected to grow the fastest in the European Union.
Maltas’ growth rate is projected at 5.2% this year and 4.6% in 2020, by far the best among all EU member states.
Malta’s economy maintained a strong growth trajectory in 2018, with a particularly sharp expansion in the third quarter.
In 2018, the real GDP growth is estimated to have reached 6.2%, making Malta one of the most progressive economies in the EU.
As per the National Statistics Office (NSO), the government recorded a surplus of €127.8 million, as total revenue increased to €1,234.5 million, while total expenditure increased to €1,106.7 million.
The increase in revenue was supported by vital growth in revenue from both direct and indirect taxes reflecting the record increases in employment and the robust growth in private consumption.
Investment remained subdued in the first three quarters of 2018, especially in non-residential construction and transport.
In 2019 and 2020, real GDP growth is set to ease to 5.2% and 4.6%, respectively.
As global demand moderates, economic growth is anticipated to continue relying on domestic demand, supported by high private and public consumption.
Source: European Commission