The supreme law of Malta is the Constitution of Malta, which supersedes any national law which might be inconsistent with it. It is pertinent to mention that the two main obligations within the realm of culture, which the state is required to put into practice when implementing legislation, are contained in the Declaration of Principles (Chapter II of the Constitution of Malta):
Article 8: "The State shall promote the development of culture and scientific and technical research" and
Article 9: "The State shall safeguard the landscape and the historical and artistic patrimony of the nation." These declarations validate the provision of legislation placing culture at the apex of the State's priorities.