Maritime Spatial Plan(s)
Belgium adopted its first legally binding Maritime Spatial Plan, the Maritime Spatial Plan for the Belgium Part of the North Sea, via Royal Decree on 20 March 2014.
Belgium's second Maritime Spatial Plan, covering the period 2020-2026, was adopted through Royal Decree on 22 May 2019.
Latest MSP developments
Public consultation on the draft of the 3rd Belgium MSP was carried out between April and June 2023. The comments received are now being integrated into the draft document. A study on additional zones for offshore renewable energy is ongoing.
Another round of public and international consultation will take place in April and May 2024.
The EU MSP Directive is transposed into national legislation through the Marine Environment Act, amended in 2012 to include the development of a MSP. Its name was also amended to "Act for the protection of marine environment and for the organisation of maritime spatial planning in the maritime regions under the Belgian jurisdiction." The Royal Decree of 13 November 2012 enacts the maritime spatial planning procedure in the Belgian maritime area and the establishment of and advisory committee on MSP.
National MSP authority
Belgium's competent authority for MSP is the Minister for the North Sea
Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
Marine Environment Service
Jesse Verhalle: Jesse.Verhallemilieu.belgie.be (Jesse[dot]Verhalle[at]milieu[dot]belgie[dot]be)