The European MSP Platform currently offers the following types of services: – An interactive information gateway

This website provides a diverse array of knowledge and resources drawn from existing MSP processes and projects. We will continuously expand and update the website to reflect the dynamic process of MSP development throughout Europe.

We invite you to explore the following:

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A dedicated team of experts

The European MSP Platform is implemented through a dedicated team situated at a central office in Berlin, a European Commission liaison office in Brussels, and help desks in each of the European sea-basins. Contact information is found on our Team page.

Our experts situated in each of the European sea-basins act as personal contacts and liaison offices in their given regions. They keep continuous track of any new MSP developments and are available to provide advice, answer questions as they arise and ensure that the right resources or services are delivered to meet practitioners’ requests within their sea-basin.

The central office coordinates all activities and services of the European MSP platform, including the technical studies, updating resources, designing delivery formats and ensuring continuous information exchange among team members. In addition, the central office assists the European Commission with the logistical and administrative aspects of the Member States Expert Group meetings, workshops and conferences together with the Brussels office.

Technical Studies – filling identified knowledge gaps

Drawing from the diversity of approaches to MSP across Europe, studies will be conducted on topics which enhance MSP implementation and contribute to the collective knowledge base.

The 'MSP Data Study - Evaluation of data and knowledge gaps to implement MSP' covered data and information needs for MSP, recognizing that these may be different across European sea basins. The successful development and implementation of MSP relies on the availability of and access to sound spatial information on the marine environment, as well as current and possible future maritime human activities. The study investigated actual MSP information needs, focusing on what planners need to know and how data can be translated and used to provide this information; technical aspects to address issues such as the provision of data through data infrastructures; converting raw data into useful formats for planning; and how data can be shared across borders. The study has been published by the European Commission and can be downloaded here.

The on-going study 'MSP for Blue Growth - How to plan for sustainable maritime economies' will focus on three tasks:

  • Developing a methodology for a sea basin vision
  • Developing a methodology to investigate current and future potential spatial demands of key maritime sectors
  • Developing a manual on indicators for MSP

An EU-wide conference will be organised on 11 and 12 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, where the interim-results of the study will be presented.

Future study topics will be determined based upon Member State needs in cooperation with the European Commission Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.