The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is the national agency responsible for land use planning and environmental regulation in Malta. Established under the mandate of the Environment Protection Act (2001) and the Development Planning Act (1992) of the Laws of Malta, MEPA is also responsible for the implementation of around 200 Directives, Decisions and Regulations under the EU Environmental Acquis.
In addition, MEPA acts as the national focal point under a number of international environmental conventions and multilateral agreements, including the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. The Authority employs over 420 personnel from a wide range of backgrounds to help solve and shape our country's environmental and land-use issues.The Authority is governed by a Board whose responsibility it is to provide strategic guidance within the Authority. The board, comprising a maximum of 15-members and spearheaded by the Executive Chairman, is also responsible for deciding upon certain planning and environmental permits. Members within the board, which include two representative members of Parliament, bring with them a wide ranging knowledge and experience in matters relating to the environment and development, including commercial, industrial and social affairs.In addition, there are a number of appointed boards and committees, which provide strategic guidance or expert advise to the directorates to ensure that the organization fulfils its functions and responsibilities efficiently and effectively, in line with its legal obligations.
MEPA’s operational functions and responsibilities are carried out by the work of four main structures, namely:
The Chairman’s Office is responsible for providing the framework within which the MEPA Board together with the Commissions and Committees operate. The secretariat is the point of reference for issuing and communicating the Board's and Commissions' decisions and in this context are a primary point of contact for ministries, departments and agencies as well as the general public. The Communications Office and Complaints office are an integral part of the function of this office.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the implementation of the objectives of the Authority and for the overall supervision and control of the Directorates. The CEO, together with the other directors, must develop the necessary strategies for the implementation of the objectives of the Authority.
The Planning Directorate processes development applications; is responsible for enforcement; policy development and plan making, transport planning and research.
The Enforcement Directorate is responsible for both Development Control and Environmental Protection and for supporting the Authority in enforcement campaigns including Direct Action, enforcement, surveillance and actions as necessary to ensure compliance with the building development permits and to protect the environment to help achieve a sustainable environmental improvement.
The Environment Protection Directorate advises Government on environmental standards and policies, draws up plans and provides a licensing regime to safeguard and monitor the environment and controls the activities having environmental impact.
The Directorate for Corporate Services, is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Mapping and Land-surveying, support services and Finance.
There are a number of boards and committees, which provide strategic guidance for the Directorates to ensure the organization fulfils its functions and responsibilities efficiently and effectively, in line with its legal obligations.