European Commission calls on 5 member states to implement MSP or risk referral to Court of Justice


Via The European Commission

"The Commission decided today to send reasoned opinions to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus Finland and Greece for failure to notify complete transposition into their national legislation of the EU rules establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning (MSP; Directive 2014/89/EU). Member States had to transpose the Directive into national legislation and inform the Commission of such measures by 18 September 2016. Competition for maritime space – for renewable energy equipment, fishing and aquaculture, tourism, raw material extraction, sea transport routes and other uses – has highlighted the need to manage European waters more coherently. MSP works across borders and sectors to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe and sustainable way as well as to meet various ecological, economic and social objectives. The Directive sets down EU countries' common approach and minimum requirements to the planning of maritime areas. The Member States concerned have two months to comply with their obligations following which the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice of the EU." (emphasis added)

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