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MSP EU Legend 4

Basic facts on Marine Waters

  • Cyprus’ internal waters (to the baseline) and territorial sea, out to 12 nautical miles (as defined by UNCLOS) cover approximately 13,968 km². 
  • Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (as defined by UNCLOS) is about 98,240 km². 
  • The Republic of Cyprus concluded bilateral agreements concerning the delimitation of the EEZ with Egypt (2003), Lebanon (2007) and Israel (2010), based on the internationally accepted principle of the median line/equidistance and in accordance with the UNCLOS.


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Maritime Spatial Plan(s) ?

Status: MSP process ongoing

Cyprus has not yet adopted an MSP. A pilot plan for MSP has been developed for the coastal and marine area of Limassol (south of Cyprus). The submission of the final draft of the National Policy Statement for MSP to the Council of Ministers for approval is still pending. 

Also, in 2015, the THAL-CHOR I project aimed at developing MSP methodology and its pilot implementation for the preparation of marine spatial plans in selected areas of Cyprus and Greece, through cooperation among the two countries. Those general objectives are pursued in the second project THAL-CHOR II (2018-2023)

View the policy statement on maritime spatial planning (in Greek)

View the policy statement on maritime spatial planning (in English)

MSP legislation

The EU MSP Directive is transposed into national legislation through the MSP Bill approved by the House of Representatives on 29 September 2017 and published on the Official Gazette of the Republic on 13 October 2017 (Law 114(I) of 2017).

National MSP authority

Cyprus' competent authority for MSP is the Shipping Deputy Ministry


Shipping Deputy Ministry 

Kyriacos Aliouris 

Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia,

4007 LIMASSOL, Cyprus

Ph.: +357 25848246



Nicolas Ioannou 

Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia,

4007 LIMASSOL, Cyprus 

Ph.: +357 25804908