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MSP EU Legend 4

This map was compiled from different international sources such as EMODnet, EEA or Marine Regions. Information obtained from these sources was cross-checked with data from national sources. While compilation was carried out by the European MSP Platform, validation and quality assurance remain the responsibility of the primary data sources.

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 Adopted

The maritime spatial plan was approved by the Council of Ministers on 20 December 2023 and published on the Official Gazette of the Republic on 29 December 2023 (Gazette No. 5844, Supplement III (I), P.I. 427/2023). It consists of text, maps per spatial area and sectoral-thematic maps. The MSPlan takes into account the main priorities, goals and strategic guidelines for the marine waters of the Republic, as defined in the Policy Statement on MSP which was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 21 December 2021.

View all information about the Cypriot Maritime Spatial Plan here

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)

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

Mail: (kaliouris[at]dms[dot]gov[dot]cy)


Nicolas Ioannou 

Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia,

4007 LIMASSOL, Cyprus 

Ph.: +357 25804908 

Mail: (nioannou[at]dms[dot]gov[dot]cy) 

For more information

For more information regarding the evolution of the MSP process in Cyprus please see the dedicated country profile below.