Introduction of European maritime spatial planning in the Maltese legal framework

Authors: Jotham Scerri-Diacono, Rachel Genovese
Published on August 30, 2016
Practices: Environment & Planning
EU Directive (2014/89/EU) establishes a framework for maritime spatial planning which came into force on 17 September 2014 and defines maritime spatial planning as “a process by which the relevant Member State’s authorities analyse and organise human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives.” It establishes a much needed European framework whose overall rationale is sustainability of activities undertaken in our European marine spaces which Member States, excluding landlocked States, are obliged to transpose into national legislation by 18th September 2016. It also obliges Member States to draw up national maritime spatial plans by 31 March 2021, to report regularly on implementation and to review them every ten years. Following the two week public consultation held during July, Malta is expected to adopt the Maltese regulations transposing the Directive, in the near future.