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Chamber Of Architects Calls Extraordinary Meeting As It ‘Reaches Understanding’ With MDA Over Importance Of Common Position

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The Chamber of Architects has called on extraordinary general meeting to discuss the state of the construction industry as issues surround the sector reach a fever pitch after a third building collapsed in under two months.

A consultation on the draft regulation that set to be published on Monday is on the agenda.

The meeting, which will take place on Friday 21 June, will also update its members of recent developments; the progress made on the Chamber’s public consultation document ‘A Modern Building and Construction Regulation Framework for Malta’; and the closing discussions it held with the government over the updated Periti Act.

The Chamber is also holding talks with stakeholders about its proposals for reform.

A meeting between the Malta Developers’ Association and the Chamber has moved forward to Tuesday 18 June.

“The Kamra tal-Periti and the MDA have reached an understanding that in this critical juncture for the industry, it is important to converge towards a common position for the good of the country,” the Chamber said in a statement.

“The events of the past weeks have thrown a spotlight on the industry as a whole, including on the profession, which most certainly has its own responsibilities to carry with regard to the current state of affairs, as do all the other operators involved. The issues we are facing are complex, and the fast pace of the industry is stretching resources beyond capacity, yet none of this justifies relaxation of standards and lack of diligence.

“This is a crucial moment for the industry to come together and seek convergence, and the Kamra will continue to take a leading role in ensuring that this takes place.”

Earlier this week, the Chamber called for or the registration of contractors and suppliers and the training of everyone involved in the construction industry after the collapse of yet another building in Pieta.

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