A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry for Public Works and Planning and the University of Malta to consolidate construction laws in Malta.
The signing of the agreement was presided by the Minister for Public Works and Planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation Clifton Grima.
This MoU will establish a collaborative effort between the Ministry for Public Works and Planning, and the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta with the intention to work closely on matters relating to the regulation of the construction industry.
The Faculty of Laws will be hiring students who are currently studying law at a Masters’ Level. Under the supervision of their lecturers, they will identify all the laws that in one way or another are connected to the Building and Construction Authority and see if the laws affecting the matters of the Building and Construction Authority are compatible with other existing general laws such as the Code of Police Laws, the Civil Code and the Criminal Code. Where a lack of compatibility is found, the Faculty of Laws will put forward suggestions on the changes that are necessary so that the laws are more reflective of today's realities.
The Minister for Public Works and Planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that through this agreement we will not only be increasing the necessary legal knowledge in this sector. It will also serve as an opportunity to prepare the legal professionals of tomorrow for the current realities of the construction industry. While reminding that the Government is determined to use every available resource to carry out its work, he said that today's agreement will be beneficial for society in order to pave the way for high quality construction industry.
The Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima spoke about the importance of students who are continuing their studies engage in practice apart from academic knowledge. He said that through this agreement, more University students will not only obtain this practice, but through it they are making a valuable contribution to society. This will be done because these students will be involved in a project, not only essential and important for our country, but also a project that will help them in their studies. Above all, a project that should lead to improving the country's laws.
Meanwhile, the Rector of the University of Malta, Prof. Alfred J. Vella reiterated in his speech that through such collaboration, the University of Malta will be in a position to actively assist the Ministry in its mission as related to the construction industry. We look forward to the outcome of this agreement and hope to have more useful collaborations of the sort in the future.
The agreement was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Public Works and Planning, Mr Carlos Tabone, the Rector of the University of Malta, Prof. Alfred J. Vella and the Dean of the Faculty of Laws, Dr Ivan Mifsud.