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Owners of 70 estate agency offices join MDA

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius today announced that he intends to finalise the White Paper on the regulation of estate agents with the Malta Developers association by the end of the first quarter of this year so that a draft Bill can be presented to Parliament.

Mr Agius was speaking during the launch of the Estate Agents Section (EAS) within the MDA, which represents the owners of 70 estate agent offices around Malta and Gozo. Since being appointed parliamentary secretary, he added that he had built a strong relationship with the MDA and was meeting the MDA board regularly to discuss how the sector can grow but also how to safeguard the environment.

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MDA offering assistance to members when applying for any type of work permit with Jobsplus

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Attention all MDA members.

We are pleased to announce that the MDA is offering assistance to its members when applying for any work permits with Jobsplus. This exclusive service will be offered at the offices of Malta Developers Association every Tuesday from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Kindly call on 2122 8184 to make an appointment.

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Dumping is no way to get permits

This is the full text of a letter sent to The Malta Independent by MDA Secretary General Michael Stivala on 16 December, 2014:

The Malta Developers Association (MDA) refers to the interview of Professor Alan Deidun published in The Malta Independent (December16), particularly to the introductory part in which Prof. Deidun is reported to have alleged that “Developers are dumping in green areas to degrade the area and help facilitate the issuing of permits.”

While it could well be that in the past there was the odd rogue trader who might have thought that degrading land is a path to obtaining building permits, the MDA vehemently rebuts the generalisation implicit in the statement that condemns all developers for doing something that they are certainly not doing today.

Developers today are quite conscious that illegal dumping of material is subject to legal action and hefty fines. They also know that whether a piece of land is developable or not depends on its status according to the relevant Local Plan and not on whether it has been degraded by dumping. In 2014 all developers know that illicit dumping of debris is no way to get a building permit.

Professor Deidun’s assertion is a capricious generalisation that unjustly accuses all developers indiscriminately and is not backed up by facts. Can he, for example, list the cases of areas that could not be developed becoming developable in the last ten years, as a result of degradation by dumping?

The MDA is astonished that in order to arrive at his obviously biased conclusion, Prof. Deidun completely ignored established scientific methods that a scientist is expected to follow before determining real facts.

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