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UK Funded Projects

Upon accession to the EU, Malta started to benefit from bilateral technical assistance from a number of EU Member States. One of these countries is the UK with which Malta has established formal procedures to apply for funds.

The following projects were funded under the UK/Malta Action Plan or through direct bilateral funding with the UK High Commission in Malta, all of which were successfully completed to date. Funding for projects was secured by the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit within MEPA.

UK/Malta Action Plan projects for 2004:

1. "GM Inspectorate at the Central Science Laboratory traineeship courses on Enforcement and Inspection of GMOs". Through this project, MEPA acquired training in the area of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) regulation and management. The total budget allocation for this project was 5,823 GBP, of which MEPA contributed 2,223 GBP. This project was concluded in December 2004.

2. "Traineeship in Hazardous Waste Management". Through this project, MEPA obtained training in the area of Hazardous Waste management. The total budget allocation for this project was 4,482 GBP, of which MEPA contributed 2,332 GBP. This project was concluded in November 2004.

3. "Traineeship in Waste Management Permitting". Through this project, MEPA acquired training in the area of waste management permitting and regulation. The total budget allocation for this project was 3,515 GBP, of which MEPA contributed 515 GBP. This project was concluded in December 2004.

4. "Training Needs and Scientific Research in connection with issues related to non-native species addressed via bilateral cooperation and coordination". Through this project, MEPA acquired training on issues regarding non-native species and how to mitigate the threats posed by such species on local biodiversity. The total budget allocation for this project was 2,993 GBP, of which MEPA contributed 993 GBP. This project was concluded in December 2004.


UK/Malta Action Plan projects for  2005:

1. "Technical Assistance on Environmentally Sensitive Land Restoration". Through this project, MEPA acquired training and knowledge on how to achieve environmentally sensitive restoration of disturbed land. The total budget allocation for this project was 6,880 GBP, of which 50% was financed by the UK and a further 50% was provided by MEPA. The mission was completed in March 2006.

2. "Setting up of the National Emissions Trading Registry as required by EU Directive 2003/87/EC and the Council Decision 280/2004/EC". This project assisted MEPA in the procurement and installation of a national emissions trading registry system to comply with the EU Acquis requirements. The total budget allocation for this project was 22,430 GBP, of which 50% was financed by the UK and a further 50% was provided by MEPA. The mission was completed in March 2006.


UK/Malta Action Plan projects for 2006

1.      “Training in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)”.  This project was implemented through a training workshop for MEPA officers in Malta.  The workshop provided an understanding of SEA methods and techniques used in developing and reviewing the scoping and environmental reports.  The total budget allocation for the project was 11,900 GBP, of which 3,900 GBP was provided by MEPA.  This project was completed in March 2007

2.      “Internship on the coordination, management and monitoring of pipeline and existing EU legislation in the field of environment”. This project was carried out  through a practical internship with a suitable UK institution which provided 2 MEPA officers with the necessary skills to effectively coordinate: the drafting of national positions and positions on pipeline legislation; the monitoring of the implementation of adopted  legislation and reporting obligations under the existing Acquis; the undertaking of consultation on pipeline legislation and communication with stakeholders on responsibilities to implement the existing Acquis.  The total budget allocation for the project was 1,200 GBP, of which 50% was financed by the UK, and the other 50% was provided by MEPA. This project was completed in March 2007.


UK/Malta Bilateral Funding secured in  2008:

1.      “Expert Mission on Indicators of Material Consumption”. This project has assisted MEPA and NSO to develop a methodology for computing the sustainable development indicator known as Domestic Material Consumption, which measures the resource productivity of the economy, in the Maltese island context.  This indicator is one of the key indicators presented annually by EUROSTAT, to indicate progress among Member States in implementing sustainable development strategies. The total budget allocation for the project was 1,140 GBP, and was fully funded by the UK. This project was completed in July 2008.