Which maritime spatial plans exist?

The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (2015) constitutes the national Maritime Spatial Plan and formulates the strategic spatial policy framework for environment and development up to 2020. 

MSP legislation

The main legislative act for spatial planning in Malta is the Development Planning Act of 2016 which also addresses development at sea. Subsidiary legislation under this Act is being prepared for the transposition of Directive 2014/89/EU.The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (SPED, 2015) is the overarching document  for planning issues on land and at sea in an integrated manner. 

National MSP authority

The competent authority for MSP implementation is the Planning Authority (PA), falling within the remit of the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, fulfills its operational functions through the Executive Council which includes members from the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA). 


Michelle Borg

The Planning Authority (PA) 

Unit Manager


Josianne Abela Vassallo

Environmental Assessment Unit 

Environment and Resources Authority (ERA)




Last Update 25.11.2020