Estonian Maritime Spatial Plan adopted

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Date: 
24 May, 2022

The Government of the Republic established the Estonian maritime spatial plan on 12 May 2022 by Order No. 146 (https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/317052022002 ). In the future, activities at sea will be organized according to the plan. The first draft of the MSP was published in May 2019 and public and transboundary consultations were held in the summer of 2019. In parallel to the public consultation, the Ministry of Finance organised consultations with other ministries to reconcile the opinions. In February-March 2020, Estonia published the main solution and impact assessment report nationally. From January to April 2021, the Ministry of Finance, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, tried to find a suitable solution to the strong opposition the plan received from the fishermen. The last disclosure took place between November and December 2021. At that time an informal transboundary meeting was also held to give the Baltic countries the opportunity to become acquainted with the definitive solution. The plan was distributed to the Government for adoption in February 2022. The plan regulates the activities of different areas, sets the principles of joint use and opens up perspectives for new uses of the sea. At the same time, the previously established plans for the sea areas of Pärnu and Hiiu will remain valid.

More information on the Estonian MSP can be found here.