Agreements signed with Malta
Agreements on the use of EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14 were today signed in Valletta. Environment and justice are the largest sectors, while there will be funding to civil society and social partners for the first time.
As in the previous funding round, environment continues to be the largest priority for the Grants in Malta. With the aim of increasing renewable energy production, there will be investments to develop a production plant for algae-derived bio-fuel which will reduce CO2 emissions from waste management. There will also be a project to develop a national oil-spill contingency system, in cooperation with relevant Norwegian stakeholders.
Support will continue for cultural heritage with a project to develop a new environmental management system for the Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum World Heritage Site. This is the only prehistoric underground temple in the world, dating from 2500-3000 B.C.
Within the justice sector, there will be a project to improve correctional services through the re-organisation of the Young Offenders’ Unit of Rehabilitation Services (YOURS), including staff training
There will also be a project on capacity-building in the public sector, possibly in cooperation with Norwegian stakeholders.
Funding for the NGO sector in Malta will be a new programme which will address the specific needs of migrants, as well as gender and domestic violence. There will also be new funding to social partners.