In Malta, opposition party introduces bill to include environment as fundamental constitutional right

6 June 2023
Flag of Malta (photo credit: Kaufdex via pixabay)
Flag of Malta (photo credit: Kaufdex via pixabay)
The PN on [5 June] presented a bill to include the Environment as one of the fundamental rights of the individual in Malta, deeming it “the strongest legislation in favour of the environment ever proposed in our country.” During a press conference addressed by the PN MPs Darren Carabott, Stanley Zammit and Janice Chetcuti, it was announced that after a week of public consultation initiated by the PN, the party is proposing to introduce public scrutiny of environmental decisions, while enhancing public participation in such matters. [...] The bill would introduce the fundamental right of the individual; “All individuals in Malta have the right to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.” The PN also included important legal amendments to the draft law, including the expansion of the definition of the word “environment,” to include air, water, land, ecosystems, and all elements that form part of it, encompassing all natural and physical resources that sustain human life. Additionally, the PN is proposing that the term ‘Environment’ will now also encompass social conditions, aesthetic coherence, and cultural attributes. There will also no longer be a need to show personal interest to open a constitutional case on the environment in Maltese courts. This will allow for a more robust public scrutiny by citizens and NGOs, the PN said. [...] The amendment requires at least a two-thirds majority to be approved and enacted.
Read the full article here: The Malta Independent


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