D50 - Task 4.1 MSP Plans in MSPMED: main facts

Sea Basin(s): 
April 2022
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Sea-basin cooperation
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Habitats and Birds Directive
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What are the similarities and differences in Mediterranean MSPs for France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Malta, and Greece?

Implementation Context:

Implementation of the MSPD by member states varies at sea basin level though they aim for the same objectives.

Aspects / Objectives:

Creation of comparison factsheets of the national MSP plans from the MSPMED partner countries to identify similarities and differences.


A systematic review of national MSP plans for the MSPMED countries was undertaken. Information was collected by each of the MSPMED partners for their respective country.

Main Outputs / Results:

Creation of six factsheets for each of the participating countries.

Main points identified are:

  • France, Italy, Greece, and Spain have divided their respective marine space into subregions. Malta and Slovenia are executing the plans by zoning their jurisdictional waters.
  • All countries had transposed the EU MSPD Directive 2014/89/EU into their national legislation by 2018.
  • Only Slovenia and Malta have approved their MSP Plans.
  • All countries agree that the source of funding is an issue.
  • France and Spain have set a six years limit to update the plan, the rest of partners have set a 10 year limit.
  • All countries excepted Malta have included all the sectors from the Directive and some additional ones.
  • All countries have participated in several MSP related projects.
  • Transboundary cooperation has been realised.
  • Stakeholder's engagement strategy has been implemented.


Implementation differences in each country can be assessed and necessary support provided for future implementation and revision of MSP plans in all sea basins. Good practices and ideas for future development can be determined from these.

Responsible Entity:


Costs / Funding Source:

EU Grant Agreement Number: 887390

Contact person:

Monica Campillos Llanos - monica.campillos@ieo.csic.es