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Improving Regulatory Effort & Compliance with EU Environmental Directives

 The project "Improving regulatory effort & compliance with EU environmental Directives" was funded under the Transition Facility Programme for Malta.  This programme aims at strengthening the Maltese administration to enable it to fully comply with the requirements of the EU Acquis.

The overall purpose of this project was two-fold:

1. To assist MEPA in the drawing up of a series of guidelines aimed at various sectors of enterprises, translating the requirements of environmental regulations in terms of practical measures required to achieve compliance; and
2. To help MEPA in consolidating its environmental permitting regime.

The project was approved for funding in July 2006. It was implemented through a Twinning Light Contract over a period of eight months. After circulating the project fiche to all EU Member States, two bids were received from Austria and Greece and after a careful evaluation the contract was awarded to Austria. The project had a total budget of €133,500.

The project officially started in December 2006 and was completed in August 2007.  This project has made a significant contribution to the development of a practical strategy for environmental permitting in Malta.  As a matter of fact, it has provided a good base on which Malta can move forward to practical implementation of a comprehensive environmental permitting system.

Within MEPA, the project was coordinated by the Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit with assistance from the International Projects Team of the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit.

MEPA plans to improve its regulations with the support of EU funds - 16/08/2007

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