The European Commission considers these as important challenges that need to be tackled to ensure that sustainable economic growth – the second pillar of the Europe 2020 Strategy – is achieved.
On 23rd September 2013, The European Commission Representation in Malta organised a seminar moderated by Mr Ivan Ebejer, European Semester Officer at the Representation and held at Dar l-Ewropa in Valletta with a view to present the relevant recommendations in more detail and to better understand the different positions of the relevant groups across society on these themes. The European Commission Representation invited experts from the European Commission (Ms Anne Charlotte Becker, DG Climate Action, Mr Guus Van de Schouw, DG Mobility and Transport and Mr Louis Meuleman, DG Environment) and the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ICCSD), from the University of Malta to give various presentations. The presentations were on sustainable transport, waste management, urban development, and ways to promote sustainable urban mobility and increased use of public transport in Malta.
The seminar was an opportunity for participants to debate openly many important issues and possible solutions to Malta's challenges. The main themes discussed in this debate were ways to enhance mobility while at the same time reduce congestion and pollution in Malta that would ultimately improve citizens' quality of life. Participation was open both to the key relevant authorities as well as stakeholders including employers and environmental NGOs and other experts in the field. Participants also discussed possible ways to increase technical innovation and encourage a shift towards less polluting and energy efficient modes of transport as well as ensuring a more sustainable and integrated urban development.