With respect to PA 6239/08, to demolish existing buildings, excavation and construction of a residential complex, site at Triq il-Kurunell Savona, Sliema, Żminijietna - Voice of the Left said, that “this proposed development concerns one of the last remaining green lungs in Sliema, namely the massive Villa Boniċi site between the Ferries and Triq Manwel Dimech.
NGOs, hundreds of residents and the Sliema Local Council have all
spoken up for a proper procedure for this proposed development.”
Żminijietna - Voice of the Left
urges MEPA to ensure that the proposed development is subject to
development brief which includes comprehensive public consultation,
before pursuing further, and that any development should be subject to
an environment impact assessment, social impact assessment and traffic
Environment NGOs Friends of the Earth Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, MOAM, NatureTrustMalta,
Ramblers Association and Zminijietna express deep concern at the news
that more than 1,200 cases of abuse have been erased from the MEPA
website in a corrupt effort to hide development illegalities.
NGOs have for years been highlighting the fact that some MEPA officials
are not committed to eliminating abuse. Indeed the NGOs have handled
cases where enforcement officers, the very persons responsible for
taking measures against abuse, have been more focused on concealing
abuse and defending serial abusers rather than on stamping out the
The NGOs deplore this latest action on the part of those who abused their authority while being paid by the public. Tampering
of official data is a criminal offence and the NGOs maintain that
action must be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice and not simply
carry out a whitewash exercise as has happened in the past.
tampering of records casts further doubt over the workings of the
MEPA. Does this mean that the MEPA IT system lacks the necessary
auditing and controls normally incorporated in any corporate computer
application, let alone one used in such a sensitive sector costing
millions of Euros annually in public funds? How is it possible that
such changes were only noticed by MEPA
officials when discrepancies in fines cropped up at the end of the year,
signaling a potential loss of hundreds of thousands of Euros in
uncollected enforcement fines.The
implications that MEPA’s IT network lacks a system of cross-checks to
prevent abuse and a tamper-proof audit system to track any changes,
raise questions of poor
managementthat go beyond negligence.
The NGOs ask whether the physical files matching the missing digital data were similarly removed?
cases where MEPA officials ‘failed to notice’ blatant abuse include
whole structures like the Kordin Cement silo built without permits and
the ongoing pollution of the cement plant at Mqabba. MEPA
frequently ignores reports from the public and fails to take decisive
action following repeated reports on the part of FAA and Ramblers
Association. Very often, instead of being demolished, these abusive
structures are sanctioned and legalised.The
eNGOs support the stand taken by Alex Vella and others on the MEPA Board
who refuse to accept sanctioning which only encourages further abuse.
eNGOs also highlight the fact that the system of fines does nothing to
deter abuse, as fines are not imposed systematically, while fines of
four Euros a day are risible and an insult to law-abiding citizens.
eNGOs have for years been calling on the Authorities to strengthen
MEPA’s enforcement arm, by giving it the resources and legal power it
lacks.MEPA’s refusal to implement a measure as
simple as a daytime mobile abuse hotline which NGOs have been demanding
for years, amply confirms that MEPA prefers to discourage public
reports, rather than supporting them.
appointment of architects who have been involved in irregularities is
again an indication of the lack of ethics within the authority. This
tolerance of abuse is not limited to MEPA but has also been encountered
in dealings with the Lands Department and the Building Regulations
Authorities’ failure to take action against IT and development
infringements indicates a consistent lack of political will to stamp out
Left block and the Green group in the European Parliament condemned the
European Commission's new emissions reduction targets as ‘devastating
for the planet’. Environmental non governmental organisations (engos)
also lambasted this decision. The new greenhouse gas emissions target is
a reduction on 1990 levels of 40% by 2030. This is a step back from the
EU's previous targets in 2009, which although being insufficient, had
binding targets for each member state”, said the leftist NGO
again the commission has put the interests of large energy companies
above the interests of the environment and the most vulnerable
populations whose livelihoods are already under threat as a result of
appeals to the Maltese government and Maltese members of European
Parliament to support the position taken by the European left, green,
and other environmental organisations against the European Commission.
The Maltese representatives in European Parliament and Council of
Ministers should ensure that a majority of EU governments and the
European Parliament reject this Conservative retreat.
- Voice of the Left supports the stand taken by the Malta Union of
Nurses and Midwives (MUMN ) in appealing to the Minister of Health to
revert its position to a more equitable solution that does not
discriminate, and that will further enhance the working conditions of
all employees in the Health sector.
Minister wants to initiate an insurance policy which will be paid by
the workers to make good for any mishaps that may occur. The Minister
should not introduce new concepts that will put financial burden on the
state has a duty to protect both the interest of the patient and the
worker, and should not abdicate from the responsibilities. The insurance
policy should be covered by the government. Otherwise the government
will be re-introducing class divisions between nurses and doctors.”
Transport reform should ensure accessibility, affordability, decent
conditions of work and an overall improvement in the service given”,
states Żminijietna – Voice of the Left.
regard to accessibility we insists that the fares remain affordable,
routes changed to satisfy people’s needs, accessibility upgraded for
better use by the disabled persons, and adequate bus shelters.
of the public service cannot be achieved without state’s support.
Presently the service is being run by a public entity. The Government
should take this opportunity to keep this service under state control,
and should also consider sustaining the subsidies given through a
progressive fiscal policy, that helps address the rising costs.
reform should also ensure better pay and more adequate working
conditions. The democratic right for industrial action should also be
safeguarded. That means that the government should legislate for an
amendment in the law to give all workers in public transport the right
Żminijietna – Voice
of the Left reiterates its support for a better service to benefit all
those who make use of the service, that is classified as an essential
service in everyday life. The Communist Party of Malta and Alternattiva
Demokratika are also appealing government to safeguard all
essentialities of this service.
Voice of the Left, Anti-Poverty Alliance and General Workers' Union
Youths appealed to the Maltese public to sign the official European-wide
Citizens' Initiative in support of an unconditional basic income, which
will help combat poverty and improve the quality of life of millions of
citizens. The petition can be signed at basicincome2013.eu
“Parliament should legislate in favour of adoption by same-sex couples”, stated Żminijietna – Voice of the Left. This
will safeguard the rights and interests of those children who are
already living in this environment, where their biological parent forms a
part of the couple.
a Catholic and conservative country, has introduced legislation to give
partial rights to same-sex couples so they may be eligible to adopt or
foster the children of their partner. This avoids children becoming
orphans, in cases where the biological parent dies or is seriously ill.
The European Court of Human Rights handed down a ruling against the
Austrian state, as it was discriminating against same-sex couples in
insists that "each case relating to access and adoption of children
should be taken according to its merits, by experts appointed by the