Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
European section of United Cities and Local Governments

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Malta is a unitary state composed of local councils (kunsill lokali).

Data: 2016
Local level: 68 local councils (kunsill lokali)
The local council (kunsill lokali) is the local authority's deliberative body. Its members are elected by direct universal suffrage via a system of proportional representation for a period of five years. The number of councillors varies according to the demographic size of the local authority.

The mayor (sindku) is the political representative of the local council. He/she is the local council member to have received the highest number of votes within the political party that gained overall majority during the local election. The mayor holds a five-year mandate and chairs local council meetings.

The executive secretary (segretarju ezekuttiv) is designated by the local council for three years. He/she is the executive, administrative and financial head of the council.


• Maintenance of road infrastructure (not including reconstruction) and road signs
• Waste management
• Maintenance and upkeep of children's playground, public gardens and other leisure centres
• Recommendations in the field of planning or building schemes
• Restoration, design or alteration of the facade of buildings
• Support to citizens with regards to their rights (transport, communications, taxation)
• Establishment and maintenance of Child care Centres, Kindergartens and other educational services
• Establishment and maintenance of health and rehabilitation centres
• Health district offices, Homes for Senior Citizens and Night Care Centre
• The promotion of social policy initiatives
• Safeguard local identity
• Provide assistance to artists, musicians and sports individuals
• Cultural activities
• Protection of the urban Environment
• Promotion of sports activities
• Promotion of lifelong learning
• Provision and maintenance of local library services
• Promotion of entrepreneurship policy

CEMR in Malta

Local Councils’ Association
Acting Executive Secretary: Lianne MIFSUD 
Assocjazzjoni Tal-Kunsilli Lokali Malta
Local Government Building
Triq il-Gvern Lokali
Marsa Industrial Estate
Marsa MRS 3000, MALTA
Tel.: +356 25 968 000
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