Autoritatea pentru Coordonarea Instrumentelor Structurale  

European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Fisheries Affairs and Fisheries Assistance Mechanism
for the Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning

The Project has been implemented by an European partnership including six partner institutions:

covering six sea areas and 25 countries coasts: Atlantic Ocean (United Kingdom, North Ireland, Ireland, France, Portugal) , Baltic Sea (Finland, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark), Black Se (Bulgaria, Romania) , East and West Mediterranean (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus; respectively Spain, France, Malta, Italy) and North Sea (Belgium, Netherland, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway).

Objectives consist in Technical studies on MSP: For subjects where gaps in knowledge exist, the assistance mechanism will be asked to conduct studies on subjects defined by the Commission in cooperation with Member States experts.

Results and Outputs
• assistance mechanism
• useful information on the implementation of MSP, operational summaries of best practices for each requirement of the Directive and publicise funding sources.
• potential project partners, including Member States, together and advise them on the use of EU financial instruments for projects implementing MSP
• relevant publications, calls for proposals or calls for tender
pro-active project development concerning EU directly managed programmes such as Horizon 2020, the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), LIFE and Connecting Europe Facilities, and the European Structural and Investment Funds, including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).
• "focal point service"- team of individuals- who will work in the Sea Basins of the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic, the Western Mediterranean (including Malta), the Eastern Mediterranean (Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas, and Cyprus) and the Black Sea, to provide guidance and information on MSP for public and private organisations and their members, research • institutions and universities, institutional and private investors, and industry.
• web site and focal point service, cross-border approach.

Core project team:
s.Pro, Berlin, GE - AngelaSchultz-Zehden ECORYS,
Bruxelles, BE - Jan Maarten de Vet SeaScape,
UK - David Johnson
THETYS, Venice, Italy - Emiliano Ramieri
NIMRD, Constanta, RO - Laura Alexandrov,
University Liverpool, UK - Stephen Jay