THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL ACCOMMODATION: Government of Malta praised for work being carried out in the housing sector

The policy that our country is adopting in the field of housing was praised during a conference organised by the Ministry for Social Accommodation and the United Nations entitled Towards Sustainable Homes and Neighbourhoods in the Mediterranean Region: Reflecting on Malta’s potential. The conference was attended by more than seventy local and international stakeholders.

During his address, Minister for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes explained that this collaborative workshop is a unique opportunity for Malta.

“The timing is perfect as we find ourselves at the initial stages of developing a national housing system for the first time. At this point, we may have more questions than answers as we carefully move from the design and research phase towards implementation.”

He reiterated that this housing system for our country will put homes, people and their experiences at the centre.

“It is only by taking this perspective, that housing will be truly at the centre of our society. Our approach will bring together culture, law, rights, economy and the environment. It is important to understand the different experiences of families so that the system we are designing really addresses the needs of the day.”

For her part, the Secretary to the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Gulnara Roll, praised the Maltese Government for drawing up a National Housing System for the first time.

“I congratulate the Maltese Government, in particular the Ministry of Social Accommodation, for the organisation of this conference and for the important work it is carrying out to have a housing system for Malta.”

She added that homes are important to each and every one of us, this becoming more evident during the Covid-19 pandemic. She stressed that this is why it is crucial for Malta to have a housing system which ensures social unity especially for the vulnerable groups.

“We look forward for the ongoing collaboration with the Maltese Government in the implementation of this national housing policy in Malta.”

Julie Lawson, the lead author of the Housing 2030 initiative claimed that through a national housing system, Malta will ensure that citizens have a suitable home. “A National Housing System involves many different stakeholders concerned with the use of land, finance, building materials and real estate. Good housing policies improve access to affordable, decent quality housing for all. Without this system the housing sector in Malta may discriminate, exclude and marginalise certain groups within their communities and increases inequality across society.”

The conference was also addressed by the Deputy Secretary-General for Transport and Urban Development of the Union for the Mediterranean Ayse Asya and the Chair of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Doris Andoni, amongst others.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister