Press Releases

Siting of New Parliament Building – 13.09.09

  It is now clear that instructions given to architect Renzo Piano were to design a parliament building and restore dignity to City Gate. The rebuilding of the opera house has been discussed intermittently since its destruction, but the idea of a parliament building was merely mentioned to the public and never revived, although......

Press Release issued on: 13/09/2009

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Actions on Vehicle Emissions – 31.08.09

  It was recently announced that Malta will request exemption from EU rules on air quality and PM10 particulate traffic pollution until mid-2011. The standard approach of our Government seems to be that of ignoring EU policies and then applying for exemptions. There is now irrefutable, damning scientific proof confirming......

Press Release issued on: 31/08/2009

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Environment Impact Assessments Consultants’ Registration and Review Board – 30.08.09

  Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) is encouraged by recent developments leading to the setting up of a Register of Environment Impact Assessment Consultants, a measure FAA has been calling for ever since its inception. The Registration and Review Board that has been set up will ensure that professionals carrying out environment......

Press Release issued on: 30/08/2009

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Renzo Piano Plan for the opera house site – 29.07.09

  Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar cannot understand the reasoning behind the decision to construct a theatre without a roof on the opera house site, a budgetary compromise which will limit its use in winter as well as in summer when Valletta is subjected to festa noise four days a week. Performances would also be disturbed......

Press Release issued on: 29/07/2009

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Renzo Piano Plan for City Gate and Transport – 27.07.09

  Whilst recognising the difficulty of redesigning City Gate following the rather insensitive construction of the present gate in 1964, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) suggests that something more than a bare gap in the bastions might be more suited as the main entrance to a fortified city, especially since continuity......

Press Release issued on: 27/07/2009

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Qormi Armoury : Fraudulent Applications – 26.07.09

  The case of the demolition of part of the Qormi Knights’ period armoury has registered new developments. Contrary to what has been said, the demolished structures have been shown to be an integral part of the Armoury complex by the existence of doors leading from the demolished rooms into the main building. In keeping......

Press Release issued on: 26/07/2009

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FAA’s comments on Renzo Piano’s plans for Valletta’s City Gate area – 25.07.09

  Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) has studied the Renzo Piano plans for Valletta’s City Gate area, aspects of which are worthy of merit, and will be presenting its views on the various elements in four parts. It is regrettable that regarding the City Gate project “Anything is better than the present ugliness” might......

Press Release issued on: 25/07/2009

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Criminal Investigation Re. Bahrija Comments – Astrid Vella Questioned – 23.07.09

  Astrid Vella, Coordinator of Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) has been questioned by the police over an alleged libel following investigations carried out by Ramblers Association, FAA and NatureTrust into the permit granted by MEPA for a house to be built in the Bahrija protected area. The fact that civil society volunteers......

Press Release issued on: 23/07/2009

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Vehicle Emission Health Hazard – 11.07.09

  Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) is concerned about the consequences with regards to the poor performance of the Malta Transport Authority (ADT) in respect of Malta’s street pollution, as seen in the most recent example where text messages sent in by citizens, at their own expense to report smoke emitting vehicles,......

Press Release issued on: 11/07/2009

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A New Valletta – 01.07.09

  Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar welcomes the project to remodel Valletta’s City Gate and the Opera House site. Such rehabilitation calls for major courageous changes but the end-use of the buildings, as well as their design, should be submitted to public consultation. Although an important institution, FAA maintains that......

Press Release issued on: 01/07/2009

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