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Civil Protection Act Amendments

​Public Consultation - outcome report published


​From: ​Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
​First Published: ​2 February 2015


This consultation closed on 27 February 2015. 

1. Background

Bill amending the Civil Protection Act (Cap 411 of the Laws of Malta)

At present the Civil Protection Act (Cap 411 of the Laws of Malta) does not provide for the granting of pensions and to the circumstances in which pensions may be granted. The Act caters only for those police officers who have been transferred to the Assistance and Rescue Force set up under this Act. In this regard, the police officer shall be deemed to have remained in the Police Force during their period of service with the Assistance and Rescue Force, and such officer shall be entitled to a pension in accordance with the Police Act (Cap 164 of the Laws of Malta).
To this effect, amendments are being proposed with a view to granting the 25 years service to members of the Assistance and Rescue Force within the Civil Protection Department. In this regard, a bill has been presented before Parliament with a view to introducing new pensions provisions as well as provisions dealing with removal from office, retirement on the ground of public interest and information to be granted to persons entitled to a pension.
The principal aim of these amendments is the insertion of the circumstances in which a pension may be granted. To this effect, a pension may only be granted:
  • If the officer has attained the age of fifty-five years or if he has completed twenty-five years’ service in the Force after he attains the age of fifty;
  • If the officer’s office has been abolished;
  • In the event of compulsory retirement for the purpose of facilitating improvement in the organisation of the Force;
  • In case of termination of employment in the public interest;
  • On medical evidence to the satisfaction of the Minister that such officer of the Force is incapable by reason of infirmity of mind or body of discharging the duties of his office and that such infirmity is likely to be permanent.
The Bill also provides for the grounds of removal from office. In this regard, an officer of the Force shall be removed from office on grounds of inefficiency, infirmity of body or mind and on grounds of public interest.
The Bill has been introduced in Parliament in December 2014 and is currently being discussed in parliament at second reading.
In view of this, the government is launching this consultation to collect input from the general public, civil society organisations, trade unions, business organisations, political parties, governmental institutions and all others that would like to contribute towards this process.


2. Documents

 Consultation Document - Civil Protection Act Amendments.pdfConsultation Document - Civil Protection Act Amendments.pdf

 Bill 83 - Civil Protection (Amendment) Bill.pdfBill 83 - Civil Protection (Amendment) Bill.pdf

Final report - Civil Protection Act Amendments.pdfFinal report - Civil Protection Act Amendments.pdf


3. Ways to respond were through the following channels:


​- Respond online: ​online form
​- Email: ​
​- Write to: ​Stephen Vassallo
​Office of the Permanent Secretary
​Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
​201, Strait Street
​Valletta VLT 1433


Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.

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