Front Harsien ODZ welcomes decision to convene environment committee
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Front Harsien ODZ has said that it welcomes Marlene Farrugia's decision to re-convene Parliament's environment committee to discuss the site selection for the American University of Malta. Farrugia who chairs this parliamentary committee has informed the Front that she will be setting a date for the meeting.
The Front had written to Marlene Farrugia asking her for to re-convene the committee in view of the commitment made during a meeting of the same committee on June 15 2015 by MEPA Chief Executive Officer Johann Buttigieg. "Buttigieg promised that he will present sites which were being considered for the location of the proposed development in an upcoming Parliamentary Environment Committee meeting." the Front said.
It added that, "despite the commitment taken by the MEPA CEO no such meeting was held before the Prime Minister announced that the Government had chosen two sites, one within development zones in Cottonera and a site in Zonqor which still includes 18,000 square meters of ODZ land on land designated by the local plan as part of a national park."
"Although the Government has published a report which refers to all the sites considered by the MEPA CEO's office, the report has not been submitted to the scrutiny of parliament and civil society as promised by the MEPA CEO."
"We will continue to insist on transparency and scrutiny and the publication of all agreements signed with Sadeen Group. We also reiterate our opposition to the inclusion of ODZ land in Zonqor." The Front went on to say, "the project still has to go through a lengthy planning process and environmental studies. We will be demanding full scrutiny of the project at every stage of this process."