Planning Authority plans concrete assistance to Local Councils

The Planning Authority(PA) is conducting a number of sessions on urban design for more concrete assistance for local councils. The sessions form part of a program co-financed by the European Social Fund and PA+ with the aim of having a public administration providing a more efficient and cost effective land-use planning service.

This pilot, tailor-made, training program was developed by the Local Government Division and the Planning Authority so that local councils can better fulfill their role as statutory consultees and board members of the PA.

This comes after a number of regulatory authorities and government entities responsible for the enforcement of laws and regulations governing sectors such as infrastructure have been flouting instead of observing regulations.

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis, who attended one of these sessions, said that this initiative will further strengthen the role and relevance of our local authorities.

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius announced that the PA succeeded in obtaining €800,000 in EU funds after applying for the PA+ Project. This training project, submitted under the European Social Fund program, is intended for all employees at all levels at the PA.

Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia stressed the importance of having a public service which delivers efficiently and without delay, and that training for civil servants is necessary, particularly in the digital era. The government has allocated EU funds in order to strengthen human capital within the public service and improve land use planning services.