Which Maritime Spatial Plans exist?

There are no formal maritime spatial plans in Bulgaria yet, but the current final draft version of the Maritime Spatial Plan to be presented according to the provisions of the Directive 2014/89/EU (Article 15, item 3) was submitted to the European Commission on 31 March 2021.  

Nevertheless, pilot plans for MSP have been elaborated.

MSP Legislation 

Bulgaria transposed the Directive 2014/89/EU by an amendment of the Maritime Spaces, Inland Waterways and Ports of the Republic of Bulgaria Act. The Advisory Council on Maritime Spatial Planning has been working since 2018 on the development of the Plan that should be delivered in 2020. Some general measures that cover MSP (and ICZM) are mentioned in the Development Strategies of the coastal districts (Burgas, Varna and Dobrich), in the National Strategic Plan for Aquaculture in Bulgaria (2014-2020) and in the National Regional Development Strategy (2012-2022).

Natural MSP Authorities

The overall management and coordination of the Maritime Spatial Planning related activities are performed by the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, who is also responsible for development and maintaining of the Maritime Spatial Plan of Bulgaria (Article 51b).

Furthermore, an Advisory Council on Maritime Spatial Planning is established as a subsidiary body to the Minister. The latter supports the cooperation and coordination between relevant stakeholders during the Maritime Spatial Planning process.


Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works

Directorate General “Strategic Planning and Regional Development Programs”

1.Mr. Ivaylo Stoyanov

Head of Department "Strategic Planning and Programming"

Sofia 1618, 215 Tsar Boris III blvd.

tel. +3592 9405 627

e-mail: istoyanov@mrrb.government.bg

2. Ms. Stanislava Atanasova,

Chief Expert in DG "Strategic Planning and Regional Development Programs"

е-mail:  satanasova@mrrb.government.bg

tel. +3592 9405 655

Last Update 21.10.2021