A new Framework Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management?

On March 13 the European Commission launched a proposal to create a new Framework Directive to improve the planning of maritime activities at sea and the management of coastal areas. The proposal, in the form of a draft Directive, aims to establish a common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management in EU Member States.  The proposal follows a consultation on MSP and ICZM in 2011.  Europe has set itself the target of becoming a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy by 2020 and the proposed new Directive aims to help achieve this, as part of the Commission’s Integrated Maritime Policy.

European Commissioner for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries Maria Damanaki said: “Today we are proposing a new step of the Integrated Maritime Policy of the European Union and offering a new tool for our Blue Growth Strategy. By facilitating sustainable development and investments at sea, the Directive will contribute to make real the potential of Europe’s Blue Economy for growth and jobs”.

European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: “This initiative will contribute to a healthy environment and better living conditions for the 200 million EU citizens who live in coastal regions. It should also help preserve unique and diverse coastlines and ecosystems that offer invaluable habitats for plants and animals”

For more information see the downloadable press release and the full text of the proposed Directive together with an Impact Assessment on the Commission’s Maritime Spatial Planning webpage.

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