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Building Capacity to Implement the Air Pollution Monitoring and Mitigation Measures

 The project "Building capacity to implement the air pollution monitoring and mitigation measures required under the Air Quality Framework Directive 96/62/EC" was co-financed by the Transition Facility Programme for Malta (2004). This programme aims to strenghten the Maltese administration to enable it to fully comply with the requirements of the EU Acquis.

The project aimed to strengthen the technical and human resource base of MEPA to enable the successful implementation of the Air Quality Framework Directive 96/62/EC. The project resulted in the setting up of an air monitoring station at Gharb, Gozo and in an intensive training programme aimed at MEPA staff and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of EU Acquis in the field of air quality.

The total budgetary allocation for this project was €256,500, of which €208,000 was provided by the EU, while the rest was funded by the Maltese Government.

The project was implemented through two separate contractual arrangements. The first was a twinning “light” contract entitled: “Building capacity to implement the air pollution monitoring and mitigation measures required under the Air Quality Framework Directive 96/62/EC”. This was awarded to the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development and the France Coopération Internationale (FCI), which is a public institution under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public administration.

The twinning “light” laid the foundations for the setting up of the national air quality monitoring system and the development of plans and programmes to mitigate air pollution, using the latest models and techniques for air quality data analysis. It also provided an extensive training programme for MEPA staff and other stakeholders. The contract started in February 2006 and it was concluded in December 2006.

The second component of the project was the actual supply of air monitoring equipment and provision of practical training to MEPA employees in the use of such equipment. This station completed the technical base of the national air monitoring network.

Within MEPA, this project was coordinated by the Waste, Air, Radiation, Noise and Chemicals Unit with assistance from the International Projects Team of the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit. More information about the Air Quality Monitoring Programme can be found by clicking here.

  MEPA secures EU funds for Air Quality- 09/03/2006
 MEPA holds a public information event on Air Quality- 06/10/2006 



This project has been realised with the financial assistance of the European Union
and is co-funded by the Transition Facility Programme for Malta 2004