NGOs file judicial protest calling for immediate publication of tunnel studies
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A judicial protest has been filed by 12 organisations against the Minister for Transport and the Planning Authority to reveal all studies for the proposed tunnel Gozo tunnel.
Last month, the government said that “the studies have been, or are being finalised and would be published in due course.”
In a joint statement, the NGOs have also asked for the carrying out of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as required by national and EU laws.
The argued that, “this game of hide and seek and of withholding of essential information must stop. The proposed tunnel will have enormous and far reaching consequences on the health, quality of life and environment of all who live in Malta and Gozo.”
The NGOs accused the Ministry and PA of “leaving citizens in the dark as to the true implications of such momentous decisions.”
“We call upon the authorities to publish all the studies so that citizens may develop an opinion based on facts. That is a major principle of democracy.”
The 12 organisations filing the judicial protest are: Din l-Art Helwa, Ramblers’ Association of Malta, Nature Trust (Malta), BirdLife Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta, Moviment Graffitti, The Archaeological Society Malta, Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar, Kamra tal-Periti, Isles of the Left, Bicycle Advocacy Group and Zminijietna – Voice of the Left