Simon Busuttil dwar il-kaċċa

Qed jgħidulna li Simon Busuttil mhu ser jagħmel l-ebda referendum ieħor dwar il-kaċċa (fir-rebbiegħa).

Bħal dak li qallu li Simon Busuttil jew il-PN qatt kellhom x’jaqsmu mar-referendum abrogattiv dwar il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa!

Ir-referendum abrogattiv dwar il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa seħħ wara li Alternattiva Demokratika u numru kbir ta’ għaqdiet ambjentali flimkien ġbarna l-firem biex dan ikun jista’ jsir.

Jekk isirx referendum ieħor jew le ma jiddeċidix Simon imma l-votanti meta dawn jagħżlu jekk jappoġġawx petizzjoni oħra għal referendum, dejjem jekk din il-petizzjoni issir!

Ta’ l-inqas issa nafu li Simon Busuttil ivvota favur il-kaċċa. Dan nafuh għax qalilna hu x’ħin kien qed jipprova jilgħaq lill-kaċċaturi.

Nittama li ma jerġax jibda jippoża favur l-ambjent issa li kixef  x’hemm wara l-maskra!

 

Uħud mill-kaċċaturi ma jridux jitgħallmu

2015.09.14_Honey Buzzard_Injured_Shot

Bdejna bl-ewwel inċidenti tal-istaġun tal-kaċċa fil-ħarifa.

Nhar it-Tnejn 14 ta’ Settembru kellna l-ewwel rapport ta’ sparer fuq kuċċard (honey buzzard) bil-qtil u l-feriment ta’bosta għasafar.

Sadanittant illum fil-Qorti kaċċatur mis-Sannat ta’ 21 sena instab ħati li fi Frar li għadda kellu fil-pussess tiegħu żewġ għasafar protetti. Il-Maġistrat waħħlu multa ta’ €8,000 u ħadlu l-liċenzja tal-kaċċa għal dejjem.

Uħud forsi jqiesu din sentenza iebsa (għax il-Qorti ħaditlu l-liċenzja tal-kaċċa għal dejjem). Naħseb li mhux iebsa biżżejjed.

Il-qtil tat-tajr protett hi materja serja ħafna għax dan it-tajr hu fil-periklu li jinqered. U meta jkun inqered, ma jiġix lura. Hemm bżonn li dawk il-ftit kaċċaturi li ma jrid jitgħallmu b’xejn u ser jibqgħu jisparaw bl-addoċċ iduqu ukoll ftit ħabs.

Ir-referendum abrogattiv u l-FKNK

No more Spring Hunting

Minn dak li qed naqra dwar ir-risposta li l-FKNK ippreżentaw fil-Qorti Kostituzzjonali dwar it-talba biex ikun hemm referendum abrogattiv dwar il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa ma hemm xejn ġdid.

Semplċiment qed jagħtu libsa legali lill-argumenti li nġiebu matul ix-xhur li għaddew.

L-FKNK għad ma tistax taċċetta li f’numru ta’ każijiet , meta l-poplu jixba’ għandu l-għodda biex jiddeċiedi hu. Flok ma d-deċiżjonijiet jittieħdu fil-magħluq f’konfoffa bejn il-kaċċaturi u l-partiti politiċi fil-Parlament dawn issa ser jittieħdu bil-vot tiegħek u tiegħi.

Il-kaċċaturi qed jgħidu li huma minoranza ta’ 100,000. Mela għalfejn qed jinbżgħu mir-referendum?

 

Malta’s EU story : the environment

JOINT SEMINAR BY THE OFFICE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN MALTA AND THE TODAY PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE

Friday 3 October 2014

address by Carmel Cacopardo

eu-flag

 

Since Malta’s EU accession there has been a marked contrast of interest in issues related to environmental governance.

EU accession has generally had a positive influence on Maltese environmental governance.  A flow of EU funds has been applied to various areas which Maltese governments throughout the years did not consider worthy of investing in.  On the one hand we had governments “occasionally” applying the brakes, seeking loopholes, real or imaginary,  in order to ensure that lip service  is not accidentally translated into meaningful action. On the other hand civil society has, in contrast, and  as a result of EU accession identified a new source of empowerment, at times ready to listen, however slow to react and at times ineffective.

Land use planning and abusive hunting/trapping have for many years been the main items on the local environment agenda. Water, air quality, climate change, alternative energy, biodiversity, noise, light pollution, organic agriculture, waste management and sustainable development have rightfully claimed a place in the agenda during the past 10 years. Some more frequently, others occasionally.

Land use planning has been on the forefront of civil society’s environmental agenda for many years. Abusive land use planning in the 80s fuelled and was fuelled by corruption. It led to various public manifestations in favour of the environment then equated almost  exclusively with the impacts of land development. Many such manifestations ended up in violence. Whilst this may be correctly described as history, it is occasionally resurrected  as in the recent public manifestation of hunters protesting against the temporary closure of the autumn hunting season.

Whilst hunting and land use planning may still be the main items on Malta’ environmental agenda the ecological deficit which we face is substantially deeper and wider.  It is generally the result of myopic policies.

For example it is well known that public transport has been practically ignored for the past 50 years, including the half-baked reform of 2010. This is the real cause of Malta’s very high car ownership (around 750 vehicles per 1000 population). As the Minister of Finance rightly exclaimed during a pre-budget public consultation exercise earlier this week traffic congestion is a major issue of concern, not just environmental but also economic. Impacting air quality, requiring additional land uptake to construct new roads or substantial funds to improve existing junctions traffic congestion is a drain on our resources. May I suggest that using EU funds to improve our road network  will delay by several years the shifting of custom to public transport, when we will have one which is worthy of such a description.

The mismanagement of water resources over the years is another important issue. May I suggest that millions of euros in EU funds have been misused  to institutionalise the mismanagement of water resources. This has been done through the construction of a network of underground tunnels to channel stormwater to the sea.  The approval of such projects is only possible when one  has no inkling of what sustainable management of water resources entails. Our ancestors had very practical and sustainable solutions: they practised water harvesting through the construction of water cisterns beneath each and every residence, without exception. If we had followed in their footsteps the incidence of stormwater in our streets, sometimes having the smell of raw sewage due to an overflowing public sewer, would be substantially less. And in addition we would also avoid overloading our sewage purification plants.

Our mismanagement of water resources also includes the over-extraction of ground water and the failure to introduce an adequate system of controls throughout the years such that  most probably there will be no more useable water in our water table very shortly. In this respect the various deadlines established in the Water Framework Directive would be of little use.

Whilst our Cabinet politicians have developed a skill of trying to identify loopholes in the EU’s acquis (SEA and Birds Directive) they also follow bad practices in environmental governance.

It is known that fragmentation of environmental responsibilities enables politicians to pay lip service to environmental governance but then creating real and practical obstacles in practice.

Jean Claude Juncker, the President elect of the EU Commission has not only diluted environmental governance by assigning responsibility for the environment together with that for fisheries and maritime policy as well as assigning energy with climate change. He has moreover hived off a number of responsibilities from the DG Environment to other DGs namely Health and Enterprise.

In Malta our bright sparks have anticipated his actions. First on the eve of EU accession they linked land use planning with the Environment in an Authority called MEPA with the specific aim of suffocating the environment function in an authority dominated by development. Deprived of human resources including the non-appointment of a Director for the Environment for long stretches of time, adequate environmental governance could never really get off the ground.

Now we will shortly be presented with the next phase: another fragmentation by the demerger of the environment and planning authority.

In the short time available I have tried to fill in the gaps in the environment section of the document produced by The Today Public Policy Institute. The said document rightly emphasises various achievements. It does however state that prior to EU accession the environment was not given its due importance by local policy makers. Allow me to submit that much still needs to be done and that the progress made to date is insufficient.

Bit-tromba flok bis-senter

birds through binoculars

 

Il-bieraħ il-Pulizija tellgħu il-Qorti 10 persuni, deskritti bhala kaċċaturi, in konnessjoni mad-dimostrazzjoni fil-Belt kontra s-sospensjoni tal-istaġun tal-kaċċa fil-ħarifa, kif ukoll dwar l-inċidenti vjolenti fil-Buskett. (Nota: s’issa għadu ma ttella’ ħadd il-Qorti fuq l-inċidenti tal-Buskett. Dawk imtella’ l-Qorti s’issa huma dawk li kienu involuti fl-inċidenti l-Belt. Il-Pulizija għadha qed tinvestiga.)

L-akkużi jinkludu li attakkaw kif ukoll li weġġgħu ġurnalista u żewġ fotografi.

Naħseb li ħadd minn dawk li jinstabu ħatja m’għandu jintbagħat l-ħabs. L-aħjar sentenza tkun waħda ta’ servizz fil-komunita, 100 siegħa kull wieħed bit-tromba jħarsu lejn għasafar ta’ kull xorta. Birdwatching taħt superviżjoni.

Fiċ-ċirkustanzi naħseb li dik tkun l-iktar sentenza ġusta: bit-tromba flok bis-senter. Bla dubju n-natura tista’ tkunilhom ta’ għajnuna kbira biex jikkalmaw ftit kif ukoll biex ikollhom ftit ċans japprezzaw dak li qed jikkampanjaw biex joqtlu.

Wara l-vjolenza fil-Buskett: ir-referendum dwar il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa

referendum

L-inċidenti tal-ġimgħa l-oħra kienu gravi. Kemm il-qtil tat-tajr protett kif ukoll l-attitudni irresponsabbli ta’ dawk il-200 kaċċatur li ddemostraw il-Belt waranofsinnhar u iktar l-azzjoni vjolenti tat-30 ruħ minnhom li baqgħu sejrin sal-Buskett u sawtu lil dawk li kienu qed josservaw l-għasafar fil-Buskett.

L-attutudni tal-FKNK kienet waħda ambivalenti. Min-naħa l-waħda tiddisassoċja ruħha minn dak li ġara. Imbagħad min-naħa l-oħra qalet li “tifhem il-frustrazzjoni tal-kaċċaturi”.  Minkejja dan, imma, n-nies hemm barra ma jifhmux l-affarijiet kif qed jippruvaw ipinġuhom l-FKNK.

 

Fost il-kummenti tan-nies spikkaw dawk dwar ir-referendum abrogattiv li dwaru l-proċess skond il-Liġi miexi kif suppost. In-nies trid iktar informazzjoni dwar ir-referendum u tixtieq li dan isir illum qabel għada.

Wara li nġabru l-firem għar-referendum, dawn ġew ivverifikati mill-Kummissjoni Elettorali li infurmat b’dan lill-Qorti Kostituzzjonali. Ir-Reġistratur tal-Qorti Kostituzzjonali nhar it-3 ta’ Lulju 2014 ħabbar li kien hemm 41,494 firem validi biex jissejjaħ referendum abrogattiv dwar l-Avviż Legali 221/2010 liema avviż legali jippermetti li permezz ta’ deroga ssir kaċċa għas-summien u l-gamiem fir-rebbiegħa.

Dan l-avviż tar-Reġistratur tal-Qorti Kostituzzjonali jfisser li dakinhar tal-avviż beda jgħodd iż-żmien għall-oġġezjonijiet: hemm fil-fatt tlett xhur ċans u dawn jagħlqu fl-aħħar tal-ġimgħa d-dieħla, nhar il-Ġimgħa 3 t’Ottubru 2014.

Wara li jidħlu l-oġġezzjonijiet, li bla dubju ser jippreżentaw (kif għandhom kull dritt) il-kaċċaturi, tibda l-aħħar fażi tal-mixja legali. L-ewwel dawk li qed jikkoordinaw il-proċeduri tar-referendum iwieġbu l-oġġezzjonijiet, u mbagħad il-Qorti Kostituzzjonali, wara li tisma’ dak li jkollhom xi jgħidu l-avukati tagħti d-deċiżjoni tagħha.

Nistennew deċiżjoni tal-Qorti Kostituzzjonali bejn Diċembru u Jannar. Wara, jekk il-Qorti Kostituzzjonali tiddeċiedi li r-referendum abrogattiv għandu jsir (u s’issa ma jidher li hemm l-ebda raġuni għala m’għandiex tgħid li għandu jsir) ikun possibli li tiġi stabilita d-data tar-referendum abrogattiv. Din tkun mhux qabel ma jgħaddu tlett xhur mid-deċiżjoni tal-Qorti Kostituzzjonali, imma mhux iktar tard minn sitt xhur mill-istess deċiżjoni.

It-triq hi ftit twila, imma jeħtieġ li nieħdu paċenzja ftit ieħor.

Fl-aħħar m’għandix dubju li ser naslu biex il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa f’Malta tispiċċa darba għal dejjem. Il-vjolenza m’hu ser taqta’ qalb ħadd. Pjuttost qed tiftaħ għajnejn iktar nies li sa ftit ilu kienu bierda u li issa iktar minn qatt qabel qed jirrealizzaw il-gravita’ tas-sitwazzjoni.

Wasalna hawn minħabba li ż-żewġ partiti politiċi fil-Parlament tul is-snin baxxaw rashom għal dak li riedu l-kaċċaturi. Huwa bis-saħħa tar-rieda popolari u b’mod partikolari dawk il-41,494 firma li nġabru mill-għaqdiet ambjentali u Alternattiva Demorkatika li fl-aħħar ser ikun possibli biex flimkien inħassru dak li għamlu l-PN u l-PL: biex il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa f’Malta tispiċċa darba għal dejjem.

submission of referendum signature requests

 

Questions for Karmenu Vella

Junker + Vella

 

Extract from Today’s European Voice

Five nominees with questions to resolve at Commission hearings

Political alliances in the European Parliament will protect some nominees during confirmation hearings, and leave others at risk.

5) Karmenu Vella

Wrong country, right group, sensitive portfolio (environment and fisheries), wrong profile.

Hearing: Monday 29 September, 2.30pm

Vella will face two concerns during his hearing: discontent over the portfolio he has been given and discomfort over his political history in Malta. Juncker’s decision to merge environment and fisheries has not gone over well and Vella will face demands from MEPs on both the environment and fisheries committees to guarantee that he will not give their policy area short shrift. MEPs on the environment committee are concerned about the mandate letter sent by Juncker to Vella, which they see as prioritising an agenda of deregulation. Juncker’s request that Vella “carry out an in-depth evaluation of the birds and habitats directives and assess the potential for merging them into a more modern piece of legislation” is particularly sensitive because Malta has been in repeated and continued violation of these laws because of bird hunting. A group of the EU’s biggest environmental campaign groups wrote to Juncker last week and warned: “The environment portfolio has been given to a commissioner whose government is under intense international criticism for failing to implement EU bird conservation legislation, which the commissioner will now be in a position to amend.”

Vella may also face questions about his time as part of the Labour government of Dom Mintoff  in the 1980s – a time of political turmoil in Malta. There have been allegations in the Maltese press against Vella of political thuggery, tax evasion and corruption. None of these allegations has been proven but Vella will probably face a few questions. In part, these allegations are the product of Malta’s brand of intensely tribal politics, but faith in Malta has been damaged by the loss from the last college of commissioners of John Dalli, the Maltese commissioner forced to resign during the last term over allegations of corruption.

On the other hand, it will count to Vella’s advantage that his government belongs to the S&D group. Neither the S&D nor the EPP is expected to pursue an aggressive line of questioning. But colourful anecdotes from Vella’s time in Maltese politics could be red meat for Eurosceptic MEPs, who could use the opportunity to attempt a resurrection of Dalligate. The European Conservatives and Reformists group would also have nothing to lose by going after a centre-left MEP. This would likely not translate to a majority voting against Vella’s nomination, and the numbers are still in his favour. But if questions over his political past cause Vella’s hearing to go off the rails, he may find support from the EPP and S&D groups is brittle.

 

Il-kaċċaturi jikxfu l-maskra

 

estevan mallia + Kastiljaglenn briffa sfida

(kummenti fuq MaltaToday online)

 

Xi kaċċaturi l-bieraħ kmieni wara nofsinnhar organizzaw dimostrazzjoni l-Belt u wara baqgħu sejrin sal-Buskett.

L-insulti ma naqsux. Fil-Buskett , għall-ħabta tal-5.00pm madwar 30 kaċċatur wara li telqu mill-protesta li kellhom il-Belt, attakkaw ukoll in-nies.

Fuq is-sit tal-Malta Today online ma naqsux il-kummenti li jħeġġu iktar vjolenza.

 

Huwa forsi l-mument addattat biex kull min fil-passat kien jagħti l-appoġġ lill-kaċċa u lill-kaċċaturi jaħsibha sewwa dwar dak li fil-fatt qiegħed jappoġġa. L-inċidenti tal-bieraħ kienu serji. Setgħu weġġgħu serjament in-nies.

Tajjeb li niftakru li dan mhux l-ewwel inċident. Kien hemm fil-passat inċidenti vjolenti oħra li kienu jinvolvu lil dawk il-kaċċaturi li malajr tisħnilhom rashom.

Fil-ġimgħat li ġejjin tibda l-kampanja tar-referendum biex tispiċċa l-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa.

B’dak li għamlu l-bieraħ, il-kaċċaturi ta’ rashom sħuna, bdew il-kampanja referendarja fuq togħma morra. Il-kampanja referendarja għandha tkun waħda paċifika bbażata fuq ir-raġuni. Sfortunatament, iżda, dejjem jidher iżjed ċar li ma tantx hemm ma min tista’ tirraġuna.

Bid-deċiżjoni tal-Gvern fi tmiem il-ġimgħa li jwaqqaf temporanjament l-istaġun tal-kaċċa tal-ħarifa ngħata messaġġ li wara kollox l-irkatt bil-vot mhux dejjem għandu effett. Jista’ jkun li fl-aħħar il-Partit Laburista ukoll beda jiftaħ għajnejħ li l-appoġġ li kien qiegħed jagħti lill-kaċċaturi kien wieħed żbaljat.

Kuraġġ hemm spazju għal kulħadd fil-Koalizzjoni kontra l-Kaċċa fir-Rebbiegħa.

Joseph Muscat u l-Kaċċa: dak li tiżra’ taħsad

storks in Malta 2014

L-inċidenti dejjem iktar spissi ta’ qtil ta’ għasafar protetti huma l-konsegwenza loġika tal-messaġġi ta’ Joseph Muscat lil kaċċaturi.

Il-messaġġ li Muscat u l-Partit Laburista dejjem taw lill-kaċċaturi kien wieħed ċar u sempliċi ħafna biex jinftiehem : il-Partit Laburista jipproteġi l-kaċċa w il-kaċċaturi. Bħala riżultat ta’ dan il-messaġġ uħud mill-kaċċaturi fehmu li issa għandhom id-dritt li jagħmlu li jridu. Avolja mhux kollha jaħsbu hekk, dik hi l-attitudni ġenerali.

Il-konsegwenzi ta’ dan kollu huma dawk li naraw madwarna kontinwament. Abbużi. Wieħed wara l-ieħor.

L-egħluq temporanju tal-istaġun tal-kaċċa fil-ħarifa mit-3.00pm tal-lum s-Sibt 20 ta’ Settembru sal-11 t’ Ottubru 2014 hu pass tajjeb. Imma hu pass li Muscat qed jieħdu tard ħafna, għax min laħaq rabba’ l-arja issa bil-mod biex ineħħiha. Għal dan jaħti biss Joseph Muscat.

M’għandix dubju li matul il-ġranet li ġejjin ser nisimgħu iktar rapporti dwar inċidenti diversi. Il-Gvern kellu jiċċaqlaq għax l-opinjoni pubblika qed tirreaġixxi għall-abbużi li hawn madwarna. Dan hu pass tajjeb. Forsi Joseph Muscat xi darba jiġi f’sensieh.

Il-kaċċa fl-Universita’

turtle dove 2

Nhar il-Ġimgħa ħadt sehem fid-dibattitu organizzat mill-Kunsill tal-Istudenti Universitarji (KSU) dwar il-kaċca.

Jiena għidt li l-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa m’hiex aċċettabbli. M’hi aċċettabbli taħt l-ebda forma u dan għax ir-rebbiegħa hu ż-żmien meta l-għasafar għandhom ħtiega ta’ l-iktar protezzjoni possibli minħabba li dan hu ż-żmien meta jbejtu.

Ir-referendum abrogattiv li dwaru s’issa inġabru 25,000 firma  m’hux dwar il-kaċċaturi iżda dwar il-ħarsien tal-għasafar. Ħarsien li tagħtihom id-Direttiva dwar l-Għasafar iżda li hu mċaħħad lilhom f’Malta fejn nilgħabu bin-numri biex ikun hemm xi forma ta’ ġustifikazzjoni għall-kaċċa.

Ir-referendum abrogattiv ma jattakka l-ebda minoranza. Ma jattakka l-ebda dritt. Mhux referendum kontra l-kaċċaturi iżda referendum favur l-għasafar.

Hemm min qed jargumenta kontra l-idea ta’ referendum abrogattiv għax, qed jgħid, li issa ser nibdew b’referendum wara l-ieħor. Dawn tajjeb li jkun jafu li l-liġi dwar ir-referenda ma tippermettix li jsir referendum fuq kollox. Hemm numru ta’ affarijiet li dwarhom ma jistax isir referendum: fosthom dwar id-drittijiet fundamentali tal-bniedem, it-taxxi u trattati internazzjonali.

Malta għandha l-obbligu li ma tippermettix il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa. Id-derogi (eċċezzjonijiet) li tippermetti d-Direttiva tal-Għasafar għandhom skop speċifiku li jagħtu protezzjoni lill-avjazzjoni, lis-saħħa u lill-agrikultura u fl-ebda ħin ma jippermettu l-qtil tal-għasafar.

Dawk favur il-kaċċa, kif mistenni nisġu l-argument li llum qed tissemma il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa u għada jkun hemm attakk fuq “delizzji” oħra.  Il-kaċċaturi prezenti semmew ukoll il-biża’ tagħhom li, minn restrizzjoni tal-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa għad ikollhom iħabbtu wiċċhom ma’ proposta għall-abolizzjoni totali tal-kaċċa. Qed ngħid li dan kien mistenni għax ilu magħruf li huwa biss permezz tal-biża li jistgħu jiġbru ftit appoġġ minn persuni li m’humiex kaċċaturi.

Kien hemm waqtiet ta’ għajjat, interruzzjonijiet u argumenti b’vuċi għolja. Tistenna dawn il-waqtiet f’diskussjoni ta’ din ix-xorta. Imma b’mod ġenerali nista’ ngħid li d-diskussjoni imxiet u tmexxiet sewwa. Ħajr lil Norman Vella li mexxa d-diskussjoni u anke, għax le, lill-parteċipanti inkluż lil Joe Perici Calascione (FKNK) u lil Mark Mifsud Bonnici (Kaċċaturi San Umbertu) li wasslu l-argumenti tagħhom b’mod ċivili.

Sadanittant inkomplu niġbru l-firem, inżidu mal-25,000 ġja miġbura.