Welcome to the Malta Environment
and Resources Authority (ERA) web page dedicated to EU Affairs. As the environmental
and resource regulator in Malta, responsible for the Environment Protection Act (CAP 549),
ERA is also the Competent Authority responsible for implementing much of the EU
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, GMOs, ionizing radiation, 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
At EU level the Directorate General for Environment is the directorate responsible for EU Policy; it was set up in 1973. It makes sure that Member States are implementing EU law correctly and represents the EU on environmental matters at international level. The aim of this directorate is to sustain and protect the environment for present and future generations,protect biodiversity, in an innovative circular economy where growth has been decoupled from resource use. Karmenu Vella is the Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries; whilst the Directorate is managed by Director General Daniel Calleja Crespo.
For more information please visit DG Environment.