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which maritime spatial plans exist?

There is currently no legally binding national marine spatial plan in Greece. However, MSP related issues are addressed in “Special Frameworks for Spatial Planning” (terrestrial spatial plans - TS Plans) covering specific economic sectors. Sectoral plans have been elaborated so far for aquaculture, (2011, to be revised), tourism (under finalisation) and industry, (2009, to be revised), which include spatial planning guidelines for the land-based, coastal and marine segments of each sector. The Special Framework for Renewable Energy Sources (2008, new study under finalisation) sets the strategic guidelines for offshore wind parks.   

At present, the competent MSP authority estimates that the draft version of the “National Spatial Planning Strategy for Marine Space” will be completed by the end of October 2021 and will be submitted for public consultation. Once the draft final version of the “National Spatial Planning Strategy for the Marine Space” has been completed and comments have been received from the National Spatial Planning Council and the co-competent Ministries, the final version of the “National Spatial Planning Strategy for the Marine Space” will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval followed by an announcement in the Greek Parliament. 

During the Summit organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature held in Marseille on September 2021,  entitled “Mediterranean: A Model Sea by 2030”, Greece’s Prime Minister announced that the MSP in Greece will be implemented under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan "Greece 2.0". 

MSP legislation

Law 4546 (GG 101/A/12-June-2018) transposes the EU MSP Directive (2014/89) into the Greek legal system and Law 4759/2020 (GG 245/Α/9-12-2020) amending the previous one through Chapter 2.

According to the provisions of the Law 4546/2018, Maritime Spatial Planning is to be subject to consultation with sectoral ministries, regional authorities and the public. It is also to be subject to an opinion/advice from the National Spatial Planning Council.

national msp authority

The Ministry of Environment and Energy is the Competent Authority for the implementation of MSP, and to achieve the objectives of Maritime Spatial Planning, the Ministry cooperates with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy which is responsible for the “National Strategy of Maritime Policy”. 

Contact

Ministry of the Environment and Energy

Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy 

In charge of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment

Mr Νicolaos Tagaras

E-mail: secdepmin.per@ypen.gr

Ph.: + 30 213 1513 802, + 30 213 1513 804, + 30 213 1513 808

 

General Secretariat of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment

Dr Efthimios Bakogiannis, Secretary General  

E-Mail: gramchora@ypen.gr  
Ph.: +30 210 6475169, +30 210 6475 101, -102, -103

 

Directorate General of Spatial Planning

Ms Georgia Kotini, Director General

E-Mail: g.kotini@prv.ypeka.gr

Ph.: +30 213 1515728

 

Directorate of Spatial Planning

Dr Georgios Manouris, Director

E-Mail:  g.manouris@prv.ypeka.gr

Ph.: +30 213 1515362 

 

Department of National Spatial Planning Strategy

Head of Department: Ms Evgenia Lagiou

E-Mail: e.lagiou@prv.ypeka.gr 

Ph.: +30 213 1515331

 

Department of National Spatial Planning Strategy

Ms Elena Lalou

E-Mail : e.lalou@prv.ypeka.gr 

Ph.: +30 213 1515321
 

Department of National Spatial Planning Strategy

Ms Anna Spyropoulou

E-Mail : a.spyropoulou@prv.ypeka.gr 

Ph.: +30 213 1515 319

*Practices are related to studies and / or projects and not to a formal MSP process.

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Last Update 15.10.2021