Over the past three days the Malta Environment & Planning Authority has hosted a seminar and series of meetings together with the Directors of the European Environment Agency (EEA) to familiarise each other with the roles and functions of the respective organisations. MEPA represents Malta and is a member of the EEA in its remit of gathering data, analysis data and generating reports on the environment at a European level. With Malta as an EU member State, it is imperative that all environmental reporting obligations are up to date. During the meetings a system that has been developed by MEPA was discussed. This system is aimed at catering for these requirements which will eventually help users to access on-line data in all areas the Environment.
The meetings were aimed at discussing environmental issues with the members of an EIONET list of experts spread across a number of organisations including those in Agriculture and with the Malta Resources Authority. The EEA and MEPA discussed logistical and methodological issues and reviewed Malta's status and roles as regard to legislation, data dissemination and participation in networks.
The series of meetings focused on such topics as the progress to date of dataflows to the EEA (2003 data can be found at: http://cdr.eionet.eu.int/mt/eea), the state of the environment report, technologies employed by MEPA, the remits and work on ICT and EU and Multilateral Affairs, as well as indicators and information dissemination to all levels of the general public.