Din l-Art Helwa welcomes the announcement of the long-awaited measures to implement a reform of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority but is calling for the creation of an enforcement directorate at MEPA.
In a statementon Saturday, the NGO said that enforcement has long been a weakness at MEPA. It also stated that an encouraging step in the reform is the curtailing of the right to apply for the sanctioning of illegal developments in certain areas but this prohibition, according to Din l-Art Helwa, must be extended to as many areas as possible.
Din l-Art Helwa also said it agrees with the decision for development planning and environmental protection to be regulated under one authority. However, it said, it is vital that environmental protection is given far more weight in development planning than it has been given to date.
Din l-Art Helwa has repeatedly stated that, however many rules and regulations are in place, it is only good governance and accountability at board level that will ensure better results.
The proposed measures, the NGO said, include positive steps towards streamlining more efficient decision-making and reducing potential conflicts of interest at board level.
Din l-Art Helwa reiterates its position that areas outside the development zone must be strictly monitored for any attempts at illegal building, and that no new development should be permitted or sanctioned in these areas.
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