Press Release 10.07.2015

Malti / English

Stqarrija Stampa 10 ta’ Lulju, 2015

L-approvazzjoni tal-iSPED att ieħor ta’assolutiżmu

Front Ħarsien ODZ qed jesprimi d-diżappunt kbir tiegħu għal mod kif il-gvern injora lis-soċjeta’ ċivili u baqa għaddej bħal romblu bl-iSPED li jinkludi proposti li permez tagħhom il-gvern se jingħata poter arbitrarju biex jippermetti żvilupp fl-ODZ.
“Il-gvern m’għandux mandat elettorali biex jippermetti iktar żvilupp ODZ.”
Dwar it-tlett abozzi ta’liġijiet bl-iskop li tinqasam il-MEPA il-Front Ħarsien ODZ jirrikonoxxi l-mandat elettorali li għandu l-gvern f’dan il-qasam. Madankollu l-front esprima d-diżappunt tiegħu li l-gvern injora t-talba tas-soċjeta ċivili biex id-dibbatitu dwar dawn il-liġijiet jiġi pospost għal wara s-Sajf.
“Dawn il-liġijiet għandhom implikazzjonijiet kbar fuq l-ODZ minħabba l-abolizzjoni tas-sitt skeda li permezz tagħha l-MEPA fil-preżent ma tistax tillegalizza żvilupp illegali fl-ODZ. Barra minn dan il-proċess kollu ta’ kif se jibdew jittieħdu d-deċiżjonijiet se jinbiddel b’mod radikali. Fid-dawl ta’ dan ma jagħmilx sens li d-dibbatitu fil-parlament isir qabel ma jagħlaq il-perjodu qasir ta’ konsultazzjoni mal-NGOs.”

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Press Release 10th July, 2015

SPED approval is another act of absolutism

Front Harsien ODZ is expressing its disappointment at the government’s refusal to listen to civil society by deleting a number of controversial clauses from the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development which effectively give government arbitrary powers to allow ODZ development.

“This is a clear case where an absolutist government is riding roughshod over civil society to impose its pro development agenda on the country. The government clearly chose to ignore the unanimous consensus among environmental NGOs against these clauses which unfortunately weaken environmental protection in Malta. Moreover this government not have an electoral mandate to allow more ODZ development.”
With regards to the three bills related to the MEPA demerger which are currently being discussed in parliament Front Harsien ODZ recognises that the government has an electoral mandate to split MEPA. But the Front expressed its disappointment that the government has not heeded civil society’s call for a postponment of debate on three bills related to the MEPA demerger to after the summer recess.

“The bills have profound implications on the protection of ODZ because of the removal of the sixth schedule which bans MEPA from legalising illegal ODZ development and the way planning decisions are taken. The least civil society can expect is that parliamentary debate takes place after the conclusion of public consultation. It does not make sense to have a debate in parliament before NGOs submit their proposals.”

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