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Further Development of the Environmental Permitting System

The project “Further development of the environmental permitting system and capacity building for its practical implementation in Malta” was funded through 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 Aquis.

Following the assistance received through previous initiatives, this project aimed to further develop critical stages of the environmental permitting system and to improve Malta’s compliance with EU environmental Acquis in line with the principles of better regulation.  

The overall purpose of the project was three-fold:

1. To help establish an environmental permitting system for enterprises, whose operations do not fall under the remit of the IPPC Directive;

2. To train MEPA staff in the drafting, issue and monitoring of environmental permits;

3. To assist MEPA in the review of permitting legislation with a view towards the rationalisation of permit-related legislation.

This project was implemented through a Twinning Light Contract with Austria over a period of 6 months.  Implementation started in January 2008 and was concluded in July 2008. The total budget for this project was €162,000.

Through this project, MEPA officers have gained practical experience on how to assess environmental impacts of industrial activities and develop a series of focused regulatory instruments to control such impacts. A series of workshops and meeting with other regulatory authorities and industry representatives were held and several pilot permits which targeted different types of enterprises were drafted.  Moreover, the project also resulted in the development of guidance to facilitate the understanding of the new regulatory system for industry.

Within MEPA, the project was managed by the Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit of the Environment Protection Directorate, with the assistance of the International Projects Team of the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit.

 Pilot project to avoid excessive administrative burden for small and medium size enterprises- 08/01/2009

This project has been realised with the financial assistance of the European Union
and is co-funded by the Transition Facility Programme for Malta 2005