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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.
Location: Athens, Greece
Commission welcomes Council's agreement to improve how seas and coastal areas are used
The EU's General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.
Maritime surveillance: Joining forces with Member States for safer seas and oceans
The European Commission today took a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas. By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities like coast guards, navies, traffic monitoring, environmental and pollution monitoring, fisheries and border control, duplication of work can be avoided and savings of up to €400 million per year can be made.
- 08/07/2014 - Questions and answers on the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) and its contribution to maritime security