ELC will no longer be in charge of the embellishment of public places

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Environmental Landscaping Consortium Ltd (ELC) will no longer be in charge of the landscaping and maintenance of public areas. This seems to be the result of the fact that the extension contract between ELC and the authorities is due to expire at the end of 2019.

In a press release issued by the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, it was also revealed that a number of local councils are being informed by the consortium that their contracts will not be renewed. Also according to the Ministry this is creating unsolicited pressure on the local authorities that will be addressed in the coming days with a meeting discussing the issue at hand.

According to a report issued by the Auditor General, the landscaping and maintenance of public areas around Malta has come at a cost to the taxpayer of €100 million over 15 years.

Back in 2017, the same Auditor General had criticised the fact that no public tender had been issued when ELC had been awarded the original contract and when the contract had been extended twice over.

Whilst the Auditor General had recognised ELC’s functions as instrumental, he also commented that the contract should have been terminated due to breach of a number of conditions.