Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Analysing the present status and recent trend of maritime economies, EUNETMAR (2014) provides comparable insights on the most relevant and promising maritime sectors among the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Ionian and Black Sea European Countries. This cross-country study identifies for Italy the present largest maritime sectors. In order of importance they are listed below.

  • Main uses

    • Tourism
    • Fisheries
    • Shipping*

Other current uses: Cruise tourism, Shipbuilding and repair, Passenger ferry services

*Including both short sea shipping as well as deep sea shipping.

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

No binding maritime spatial plan has yet been officially elaborated or adopted in Italy. MSP exercises have been applied in two areas within the ADRIPLAN project.

MSP legislation

The EU MSP Directive was transposed in Italian legislation with the Legislative Decree 17 October 2016, n. 201.

National MSP authority

According to the Legislative Decree 17 October 2016, n. 201 (art. 8) functions of MSP Competent Authority are in charge of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Indeed, MSP competences are shared among different institutions. An Inter-ministerial Coordination Table and a Technical Committee with defined scopes are established.


Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

Directorate General for Port Authorities, Port Facilities and Maritime and Waterways Transport

Via dell’Arte 16 – 00144 Rome

Director: Livia Contarini

E-mail:   Phone: 0039 06 5908 4423

**The present list of relevant practices is purely indicative and not endorsed by the Italian MSP authority, as it does not represent the formal process of MSP implementation: practices are results of projects and studies.




Last Update 24.09.2018