Local Councils' Association

The Local Councils Association was established in 1994 through the issue of specific Regulations entitled: Local Councils (Association) Regulations, 1994. From time to time, these Regulations were amended and enhanced.

The Regulations state that: "There shall be a Local Councils Association representing all the Local Councils with the aim of protecting and promoting the common interests of all the Local Councils and to represent, solely for the purposes of these regulations, all Local Councils in Malta and overseas, and on international associations of local government authorities." The aims of the Association shall also 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 Association is a juridical body having a distinct legal personality. It represents all 68 Local Councils in Malta

The Philoxenia Project (2009 - 2012)

Confronted for many years by a movement of rural exodus and by the aging of their population, the rural Mediterranean municipalities have become increasingly fragile due to a demographic decline, accompanied by a diminution of services and commercial enterprises, which all lead to a loss of their identity. However, the mobility of the professionals, the information and communication technologies (ICT), the new model of professional and family organisation, the mutation of the economy and of work, the concern for a sustainable development and the search for a better quality of life in view of the urban nuisances permits the rural Mediterranean territories to inverse the tendency above and to find new ways of local development. In effect the architectural, cultural and environmental heritage and the space at their disposal are the new factors of attraction, provided of course that they propose a certain number of services in response to the needs of the model of urban life which is becoming general.

In this actual environment which is taking shaped, the project partners propose in the territories implicated the implementation of a Common Operational Plan (C.O.P.). This mechanism foresees the financial, technical and cultural support of persons wishing to install themselves in the target zones, create their own micro-projects and contribute to the vitality of their rural territories.