In recent weeks, MEPA has set up the Environment and Planning Policy Team (EPPT), which seeks to ensure that policy proposals, initiated internally or proposed to it by other entities are sufficiently well co-ordinated, effectively integrated and more consistent.
The EPPT seeks to ensure that policies are discussed between the Planning and Environment Directorates so that each can have an equal input on the formulation of policy. The EPPT team, chaired by MEPA Chairman allows all participants to express a free and frank opinion on policies. The policy proposals may also be floated with other members of staff where it is deemed necessary. Once the policy has matured through discussion, this is then proposed to MEPA Board for deliberation. In this way, internal policy co-ordination is ensured.
Besides this internal function, the EPPT also gives feedback to government on policies which originate from other entities. The feedback generated emanates from the perceived impact the proposal would have on/for environmental and planning regulations. This should help to render all policy proposals, across the board, more cogent and in-keeping with sustainable development.
MIGRATION TO OTHER ENTITIES WITHIN GOVERNMENT
Over the past weeks, functions within the Authority which were not considered core business and do not strictly fall within MEPA’s competence, such as transport planning, climate change, minerals and the enforcement of construction site management regulations and littering regulations have migrated to other entities within government.
This measure comes with the goal of increasing MEPA’s efficiency by allowing it to concentrate its efforts on core responsibilities within the planning and environment spectrum. The function of transport planning has been given to Malta transport, climate change and policy making for minerals has been moved to the Malta Resources Authority while the enforcement of construction site management regulations and littering regulations has been passed onto the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs (MRRA).