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MDA insists its Budget proposals as agreed before general election

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Malta Developers Association presented a substantial document with concrete proposals for Budget 2018, some of which can be implemented immediately.

MDA President Sandro Chetcuti, who headed a delegation of Council members, augured that the Prime Minister and his Government would continue to achieve further progress and success in its endeavours to take the country to the next level. He praised Government’s initiatives that have truly brought the best of times in terms of employment and a booming economy.

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Both PN leadership contenders request meeting with MDA

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The two Nationalist Party leadership contenders, Dr Adrian Delia and Dr Chris Said, held separate meetings with the Malta Developers Association Council. The meetings, held at the request of the two candidates, turned out to be two long, fruitful discussions.

Both Dr Delia and Dr Said acknowledged the good work of the MDA and its highly valid contribution to the country.

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MDA calls for remedies to preclude

The Malta Developers Association has taken note of the recently announced overhaul of MEPA penalties for illegal development, following the publication of two Legal Notices that will come into force as of 24 November, 2012.
MDA does not defend illegal development in any way and therefore it agrees that MEPA should have at its disposal an effective deterrent to curb this abuse.
At the same time, however, MEPA has no deterrent that precludes it from carrying out injustices, especially where consistency and punctuality of its decisions are concerned. It is high time, therefore, that MEPA becomes also subject to penalties when injustices are suffered by applicants as a result of its actions or inaction.
MDA is also deeply concerned that MEPA has no clear policy on renewals of existing permits. While MDA maintains that all permits issued by MEPA under the current planning regime should be automatically renewed, MEPA has not yet committed itself to an unambiguous written policy on renewals of development permits.
The lack of a clear policy on renewal of permits means that holders of permits do not have any guarantee that their permits would be renewed unless relevant sites are committed. Although the current slowdown in the property market indicates that it would not be in their interest to carry out all approved developments within the validity period of relative permits, developers are concluding that they have no alternative but to start works since this is the only way to ensure that their permits are not lost. This leads to an increase in sites where development works have been started but not finished.

31 August, 2012
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