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Title: The co-operative regulatory framework in a small state : reviewing the alternatives
Authors: Baldacchino, Peter J.
Falzon, Miraine
Grima, Simon
Keywords: Maltese Cooperative Legal Framework
Finance -- Law and legislation -- Malta
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Yalova University. Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
Citation: Baldacchino, P. J., Falzon, M., & Grima, S. (2017). The co-operative regulatory framework in a small state : reviewing the alternatives. Journal of Accounting, Finance and Auditing Studies, 3(2), 16-43.
Abstract: The objectives of this research are to identify the major areas needing reform in the co-operative regulatory framework of the small state of Malta and to evaluate possible alternatives. Objectives were achieved by the analysis of the legal framework and the conduct of semistructured interviews. Findings indicate a general yearning for co-operative regulation to be less paternalistic and to allow greater financial and operational autonomy to co-operatives and their institutions. However, results highlight the importance of upholding the distinct co-operative identity encompassed by the co-operative values and principles. The article concludes that it is the areas of co-operative financing, the distribution of returns and the role of co-operative institutions needing most addressing. Recommendations include amending the provisions relating to the redemption of capital upon member exit, removing the asset lock on ploughed-back surpluses, and updating regulations regarding representative co-operative organisations and the Maltese co-operative funding entity, the Central Co-operative Fund.
ISSN: 21490996
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