BirdLife Malta reacts to WBRU head’s resignation: Now is the time for the Government to shift enforcement onto ERA

April 3, 2018 3:26 pm

Following the resignation of the head of the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) Sergei Golovkin, BirdLife Malta feels that this is the right time for the Government to shift the enforcement responsibilities of the Conservation of Wild Birds legislation onto the Malta Environment and Resources Authority (ERA).

It has been very clear that this unit failed in achieving some of its important goals mainly related to enforcement due to its lack of competence in this field, especially in ornithology. BirdLife Malta insists that it has been, and will remain, the Government’s policy that determines how agencies, and hence the civil servants within, operate.

BirdLife Malta strongly believes that while the WBRU can remain as an agency that looks at derogations from the European Birds Directive and the relative administration and legislation, the enforcement remit should return back to ERA who has competent persons that can handle this matter more efficiently.

Read the Maltese version of the press release here.