The Environment Ministry was not consulted on plans to revise the Outside Development Zone policy, lambasted by environmental organisations for opening the countryside to illegal development.

Interviewed by The Sunday Times of Malta, Environment Minister Leo Brincat revealed he had not been involved in discussions even though nature conservation is his direct responsibility.

“On the ODZ, we have not been consulted as a ministry,” he says. But he promised to “strongly object” to situations where developers attempt to exploit the countryside for commercial purposes.

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