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Current practice in terms of cross boundary cooperation


Examines how and to what extent the legislation in the Member States provide for transboundary MSP and provides recommendations

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Questions this practice may help answer

  • What are the best practices on cross-boundary cooperation for MSPs?
  • What can be done to improve cross boundary cooperation for MSPs?

Implementation Context

The Seanergy 2020 project has developed a set of seven criteria to evaluate the different MSP regimes across the 17 EU Member States. These criteria are: 1) policy and legal framework; 2) data and information management; 3) permitting and licensing; 4) consultation 5) sector conflict management; 6) cross-border cooperation; 7) implementation of MSP. Based on these criteria, a series of national reports were commissioned to establish the current status of MSP within each EU Member States. These reports go into detail on the specific arrangements within the different countries and provide details on national legalisation, data management, permitting arrangements, consultation mechanisms, methods for managing sector-conflict and cross-border cooperation. In this practice the findings concerning best practices in cross-boundary cooperation for MSP will be elaborated.

Aspects / Objectives

What have been best practices on cross-boundary cooperation for MSPs?


A series of national reports were commissioned to establish the current status of MSP within each EU Member State. These reports have been used as input for an international comparison on cross-boundary cooperation.

Main Outputs / Results

The report provides a summary of the findings. Furthermore, the following recommendations for cross-boundary cooperation have been defined:

  • Use the SEA Directive to ensure transboundary consultation where there are likely to be environmental impacts on another Member State and build on the joint sea-basin planning and coordination measures foreseen in the MSFD;
  • Draw on experience of other EU mechanisms for transboundary cooperation such as the WFD as well as the Espoo Convention;
  • Support regional sea-basin cooperation approaches including agreed recommendations or guidelines for MSP;
  • Ensure that national legislation directs decision-makers to taken into consideration relevant MSP activities in bordering member states;
  • Work towards transboundary consultation and coordination procedures that are mandatory, starting with a review on whether the EU has the necessary legal competence to adopt such legislation;
  • Implement transboundary consultation and coordination procedures through appropriate mechanisms for joint decision-making and conflict resolution;
  • Ensure sufficient legislation to facilitate transboundary cooperation and coordination across sub- national or boundaries, such as administrative boundary between land-planning and MSP.


The best practices refer to a specific geographical area or institutional context. However, the recommendations can be applicable to all EU member states.

Costs / Funding Source

The practice was elaborated under the Seanergy 2020 Project co-financed by Intelligent Energy Europe. Direct costs of its elaboration are unknown.

Responsible Entity

European Wind Energy Association

Contact Person

Dorina Iuga

European Wind Energy Association

Email: (di[at]ewea[dot]org)