Cross-Border MARitime Spatial PLANning in the Black Sea

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2015 - February 2018
Specific Funding Programme: 

EU DG MARE Calls for proposals



About the Project: 

The MARSPLAN BS Project main objectives are:

  • To support  the implementation of the EU Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning in the Black Sea Basin, starting with its Member States, Romania and Bulgaria
  • To create an MSP institutional framework for Romania-Bulgaria cross-border
  • To develop the cooperation with all Black Sea countries in the field of  MSP
  • To consolidate the cross-border cooperation and the information exchange between Romania and Bulgaria
  • To set out the vision and strategic goals for Black Sea area on MSP, taking into account the land sea interaction
  • To elaborate MSP Plan for the Romania – Bulgaria cross-border area
  • To contribute to a wider dissemination of all gathered information concerning MSP field, Black Sea area, best practices and stakeholders.

The MARSPLAN project has planned

  • to elaborate MPS Methodology, MSP indicators, MSP legislation support, plans;  
  • to elaborate a complete analysis of the Romanian and Bulgarian marine areas
  • to design a MSP Plan for Romania-Bulgaria cross-border area
  • to develop MSP strategies, vision

The project included five pilot case areas:

  • Eforie area - Romania
  • Sfantul Gheorghe – Romania
  • Bourgas Port – Bulgaria
  • New ship routing system in territorial seas of Bulgaria and Romania
  • Aquaculture and fisheries

In addition partners engaged national, transnational & regional (Black Sea) bodies, non EU members, representatives of Black Sea Commission (from Istanbul), organisations, administrative and research institutions, NGOs in a dialogue on a Black Sea level. Through a sequence of workshops and different events, the project sought to increase public and stakeholder understanding of what MSP means to them and the transnational nature of their topic.


All project results are available on the MARSPLAN BS website, and descriptions of key deliverables can be found under the links listed under Practices in the left menu.

Project partners

  • Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Bucharest (RO) – Lead Partner;
  • Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Sofia (BG);
  • Ministry of Environment, Department of Water, Forests and Fisheries, Bucharest (RO);
  • National Institut for Marine Research and Development “G.Antipa”, Constanta (RO);
  • “Danube Delta” National Institut for Research and Development, Tulcea (RO);
  • National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development (RO);
  • “Ovidius” University of Constanta (RO);
  • Executive Agency "Maritime Administration", Sofia (BG);
  • Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Sofia (BG);
  • Institute of Oceanology - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG).