DLG is an administrative body set up in 1993 when Local Councils in Malta were formed following the Maltese Parliament’s approval of the Local Council’s Act. DLG acts as a regulatory authority and possible ‘bridge’ between the Local Councils and the Central Government. It provides the Legislative Framework for Local Councils to respond to the needs of their respective municipality and offers managerial, operational and administrative support along with statutory funding for the Local Council’s projects. One of the main objectives of DLG is the Coordination of initiatives by other ministries and departments that directly or indirectly affect the functions and operations of LC. The latter shows the DLG's experience in coordinating initiatives on development, formulation and implementation of policies affecting local councils in Malta. The DLG has experience in coordinating initiatives with the Malta Tourism Authority with regards to tourism policies which affect local councils.
The DLG has experience in coordinating initiatives with the Malta Tourism Authority with regards to tourism policies which affect local councils. The DLG was solely responsible in formulating the ‘Maltese Policy for Local Governance - 2009’. Depending on the affect of a particular policy on local councils, the DLG is either referred to so as it can in turn consult with the respective local councils or involved policy making process, should the latter have direct affect on local councils. The DLG will be contributing to this project since it is representing a country that has numerous cultural heritage sites and the sustainable development of these sites has always been a priority. Therefore DLG will be contributing by bringing best practices from different municipalities in Malta and benefitting thanks to the transfer of knowledge by the other partners involved in this project. The DLG will also be involving an expert from the Malta Tourism Authority in the project being proposed.