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Maritime Spatial Planning

Maritime Spatial Planning (July 2010)

Maritime spatial planning is about planning of sea space and can help us manage our seas and oceans sustainably. In the process, it can help us create new jobs and economic opportunities, meet our targets for reducing our carbon footprint and keep our seas healthy for generations to come. It seeks to balance sectoral interests and use space more efficiently, thereby contributing to the long-term sustainable use of marine resources. Some EU Member States have considerable experience in planning and managing the use of maritime space. The European Commission is building on this experience and working with Member States and stakeholders towards the implementation of a coherent set of principles for maritime spatial planning across the EU.


  • 29/09/2014 - Atlantic Stakeholder Platform, 2 December 2014, Porto - Call for Workshops

    The European Commission is inviting stakeholders to share their practical knowledge and ideas for projects to implement the Atlantic Action Plan at the Stakeholder Platform conference to be held on 2 December 2014 in Porto, Portugal. The dadline for submission is 24 October 2014.

  • 02/09/2014 - Consultation on streamlining EU funding in the European Arctic

    Deadline: 01/12/2014

  • 22/08/2014 - 14 down, 14 to go: Progress continues on Partnership Agreements

    The European Commission has reached the halfway mark in its adoption of each Member State's "Partnership Agreement". Partnership agreements between the European Commission and individual EU countries set out the national authorities' plans on how to use funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) between 2014 and 2020. They outline each country's strategic goals and investment priorities, linking them to the overall aims of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.