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Improved Enforcement

The project "Building Capacity to Comply with the EU Environmental Acquis through Improved Enforcement" was co-financed by the EU Transition Facility programme for Malta (2004). This funding programme aims to strengthen the Maltese administration to enable it to fully comply with the requirements of the EU Acquis.

The main objective of the project was to improve enforcement capabilities in the environmental sector. The project had a total budget of €280,000; of which €250,000 was provided by the EU and €30,000 provided by MEPA.

The project was led by MEPA in partnership with the Austrian Federal Environment Agency and in cooperation with the senior Dutch and Irish enforcement and training experts (EC IMPEL Network).

The project was completed in March 2006 and has resulted in a review of the institutional framework across the environmental sector, recommendations for improvement of coordination between the various organizations involved in environmental enforcement, as well as in an extensive training programme consisting of a series of training workshops and traineeships for enforcement personnel.

Dr. Emmet Mc Mahon and Mr. Robert Glaser, both international experts renowned for their work in environmental enforcement were brought over to Malta to coordinate the implementation of project activities.

The first series of training workshops was conducted in October 2005 and received a very positive feedback from participants. These included MEPA enforcement personnel, officers from the Administrative Law Enforcement section of the Police, wardens, representatives of environmental NGOs, officials from Occupation Health and Safety Authority, Malta Maritime Authority, Health Department and Customs Department and the Local Councils Association. Other similar workshops were held in December 2005 and January 2006.

As part of the training programme, twenty-five enforcement officers and inspectors from MEPA attended a one-week-long traineeship with environmental agencies in other EU member states to obtain first-hand experience on how environmental legislation is enforced in European countries.

Within MEPA, this project was led by the Enforcement Unit within the Planning Directorate, with assistance from the International Projects Team of the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit.

 MEPA obtains EU funds to improve enforcement of environmental obligations - 19/01/2006

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