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This project is funded by the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP), which is coordinated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM). The service provider for the project is the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL).

The support measures will respond to the need for a strong environmental regulator and specifically the growth of the Authority, as well as the need to complete and streamline its regulatory processes. The project will involve reform and capacity-building to assist with the streamlining and completion of authorisation processes, and the strengthening of the Environment Permitting Unit and the Compliance and Enforcement Directorate within the Authority. In particular, the measures will contribute to:

  1. Strengthening and consolidating compliance with the EU environmental acquis;
  2.  Easier compliance with environmental regulation for businesses;
  3. Compliance with requirements of a 21st century environmental regulator;
  4. Definition of clearer and more efficient processes and practices;
  5. Increased capacity for permission and inspection, compliance assurance and enforcement;
  6. Enhanced transparency in environmental regulation; and,
  7. Enhanced capacity to use e-governance.


The objective of the project is to support ERA in its efforts to strengthen regulatory processes and meet the demands expected of a 21st century environmental regulator. This effort will, in turn, contribute to the national economic goals by enabling environmental regulation that does not put undue burden on businesses and operators whilst improving quality of life in the Maltese islands.

The project has three main components:

A. Qualitative Assessment of Regulatory Effort – In which an assessment of the current system will be taking place, closely followed by the proposition of a roadmap for change.

B. Capacity-Building– In which a training needs assessment will be undertaken to develop a made-to-measure training programme for ERA’s officers within the Environment Permitting Unit and the Compliance and Enforcement Directorate.

C. Increased Information Management Capabilities – In which internal systems will be developed to manage information in an increasingly efficient manner.

Project Details

PROJECT TITLE Reform and capacity building in permissions and compliance at ERA (Environment and Resources Authority)
DURATION FEB-2020 to FEB 2022 (24 months)

(100% funded by the EU)



SERVICE PROVIDER IMPEL (European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law)
SOLE BENEFICIARY Environment and Resources Authority