Mission Statement

The European Maritime Spatial Planning Platform -
A service for Member States to share relevant knowledge and experiences on Maritime Spatial Planning

The European MSP Platform is an information and communication gateway designed to offer support to all EU Member States in their efforts to implement Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the years to come. With the adoption of the EU Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (2014/89/EU), all coastal EU Member States are required to prepare cross-sectoral maritime spatial plans by 2021.  

Funded by the EU Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), the European MSP Platform acts as the central exchange forum for the rich knowledge generated in past, current and upcoming MSP processes and projects. This will allow officials, planners and other stakeholders interested in MSP to build on what is already available, avoid duplication of efforts, assist in capacity building and foster development of new practices.

Our approach for the European MSP Platform is based on the following basic principles:

  • give and take
  • knowing who knows – to connect the right people
  • personal approach – to act as your trusted partner
  • find specifics through a broad resource
  • a service to all EU Member States

The EU MSP Platform is operated via a dedicated team with offices in all European sea-basins.

Our experts continuously draw together information on MSP experience, funding and training opportunities as well as relevant events from across Europe. The information is then made available in various interactive, easy-to-use formats readily accessible through this website. More information on our current offerings is available on our Services page.

Moreover, our contact points are continuously available to offer personal advice and act as your trusted partner in MSP-related efforts. We are happy to gather and share experience with you in the formats which suit your specific needs. Our team is therefore available to support you with any workshop, seminar, meeting or other efforts related to MSP. Simply get in touch with us via the contact information found on our Team page to discuss on how we can best assist you.