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European Union Legal Instruments

Welcome to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority web page dedicated to EU Affairs. As the environmental and landuse planning regulator in Malta, responsible for the Development Planning Act and the Environment Protection Act 2001 and subsidiary legislation, MEPA is also the Competent Authority responsible for implementing much of the EU Environment Acquis.

The EU Acquis consists of over 200 EU instruments, including regulations and decisions which are directly binding and directives which are transposed into national legislation.  It comprises legal instruments on waste management, industrial pollution control, air quality, water quality, biodiversity and nature protection, noise, chemicals, GMOs, radiation protection and horizontal issues. Strategic direction is provided by the EU's 7th Environment Action Programme, until 2020.

Implementation of the acquis ranges from legal transposition to ensuring that Malta  complies with established targets. Monitoring, drafting programmes, policies and measures, and reporting are typically required.

At EU level MEPA is also actively involved in the Network of Heads of Environment Agencies (EPAN) and The EU Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL). For further information about MEPA's involvement in the IMPEL network, please view the following page