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Malta/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.2 Division of jurisdiction

Culture is the legal competence of the state but many private entities undertake and support cultural initiatives. There is no specific legal provision for Local Councils to support cultural activities, but they set aside a percentage of their funds for cultural activity, which is monitored and audited by the Department for Local Councils. 

Decentralisation of culture is not reflected in law nor is the relations between national cultural policies and local level activities defined by law.

As yet, there are no definite legal measures in place to ensure the continuing development of a comprehensive national cultural policy, except for the government's commitment to fund official cultural events and institutions through the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts.

The Superintendent of Heritage in Malta is responsible for reporting incidences which compromise the national heritage to the Police authorities. This also applies to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), a body that is committed to safeguarding the national heritage from abusive development. The Police can make direct interventions in cases of intellectual theft or act on behalf of other sectors, e.g. the Customs Department.

Chapter published: 12-08-2015

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