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Local Councils’ Association
Name: Ms Lara Schranz
Address:153, Main Street, Balzan,

Local Government was established in 1993 following the Maltese Parliament’s approval, on 30th June 1993, of the Local Councils Act, 1993 (Act No. XV of 1993). This law made it possible for Local Councils to be set up. Furthermore, it presently serves as a regulatory mechanism for Councils` operation. 

The Local Councils Act was modelled on the European Charter of Local Self-Government, which the Maltese Government had signed and ratified. According to this Act, "The Council shall be a statutory local government authority having a distinct legal personality and capable of entering into contracts, of suing and being sued, and of doing all such things and entering into such transactions as are incidental or conducive to the exercise and performance of its functions as are allowed under the Act." 
The Local Council Association is the single public authority that represents all 5 regions and 68 local councils in Malta and Gozo. The LCA enjoys a high level of competence and it is involved in the national policy development process by regular meetings with the director of Local Government and the Ministry and other relevant stakeholders.

On 21st December 1999, the Local Councils Act was revised considerably and Act No. XXI (1999), the Local Councils (Amendment) Act 1999, was published. 
The aims of the Local Councils’ Association include those of protecting and promoting the common interests of Local Councils as well as offering consultancy services, training on its own initiatives and in conjunction with any other Council or Councils.

The LCA takes part in the Committee of the Regions and it is the only supporting structure for Covenant of Mayors in Malta. Since 2007, the Local Councils’ Association has set up a special unit to participate in EU funded projects under various programmes such as:  IEE, ICT PSP, MED, INTERREG, LIFE, CITIZENSHIP, ITALIA- MALTA and others.