Maritime Spatial Planning – EMFF Work Programme 2020.
The EU call for proposals in the area of Maritime Spatial Planning under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund:
- EMFF-MSP-01-2020 (Topic 1) – North Sea and Baltic Sea
- EMFF-MSP-02-2020 (Topic 2) – Outermost Regions
The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive. More specifically, this action intends to support Member States in setting up maritime spatial plans and ensuring that plans are coherent and coordinated across marine regions concerned. The deadline for Member States to adopt their Maritime Spatial Plans is 31 March 2021.
In this context, applicants are required to address the following priorities in their proposals:
1. Support the work of MSP competent authorities and/or inter-ministerial bodies in the establishment and adoption of maritime spatial plans;
2. Where relevant, support the development of cross-border cooperation on MSP with bordering Member States and third countries with a view to ensure that maritime spatial plans are coherent and coordinated across marine regions concerned;
3. Making use of the best available data and organise the sharing of information, necessary for maritime spatial plans, by using relevant mechanism and tools (e.g. INSPIRE, EMODNet).
Activities that can be funded:
Applicants should explain in their proposal how they will implement the targeted activities below described, resulting in concrete and measurable results within the project's duration.
Projects must undertake one or more of the following main activities as part of the project implementation:
- Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in articles 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the MSP Directive (notably the setting-up and adoption of maritime spatial plans);
- Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in article 10 of the MSP Directive (Data use and sharing);
- Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in article 11 of the MSP Directive (Cooperation among Member States);
- Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in article 12 of the MSP Directive (Cooperation with third countries).
In addition, applicants should include in their project the following complementary activities/tasks to support the above core activities:
- Establishment of a Steering Committee (SC) to ensure the overall strategic steering of the project. The SC should comprise relevant representatives of the Member States where the action takes place (such as MSP competent authorities), as well as the beneficiaries involved. The Commission and EASME may participate in an observer capacity only.
- Establishment of an Advisory Committee (AC) to provide expert advice on the project's activities. The AC should be composed of a maximum of five recognised experts in MSP or in relevant fields of activity. The Commission and EASME may participate in an observer capacity only.
- Working procedures defining how the project and the SC will operate (assigning clear roles and responsibilities, describing the decision-making process, frequency of meetings etc.).
- An opening and closing conference.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to assign dedicated staff to the development and implementation of the proposed communication and dissemination activities. This should be appropriately reflected in the proposed budget.
The list of complementary activities is non-exhaustive. Applicants may propose additional activities, as long as the proposed complementary activity is justified and establishes a coherent link with the project objectives and the objectives of this call.
Applicants have to list the main results expected from the project. The expected results to be achieved by the end of the project must be concrete, realistic and time bound and quantifiable as far as possible.
In particular, proposals are expected to:
- Concretely contribute to the elaboration and adoption of the Maritime Spatial Plans by 2021;
- Ensure that maritime plans are coherent and coordinated across the marine region concerned;
- Create a repository of best practices and lessons learnt from the project and a list of achievements of the projects;
- Produce "policy briefs" that summarise the main results of the project and their relevance for the implementation of the MSP Directive, and include elements of "policy feedback", in particular suggestions for changes / improvements in the current EU policy instruments.
General eligibility conditions for participants:
1. In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicants must:
- be legal entities (public or private entities or international organisations);
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with the other applicants, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;
- be established in an EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories - OCTs) or be established in a non-EU Member State as described below under Specific eligibility conditions for this call.
Specific eligibility conditions for this call:
- Applicants must be public authorities or bodies in charge of maritime spatial planning of those coastal Member States which are responsible for MSP in the selected area. Other legal entities shall be considered eligible applicants provided that they are endorsed by the public authorities or bodies in charge of maritime spatial planning at national level in the related coastal Member States.
- If a project activity, which is to be carried out in the waters of the EU or an EU Outermost Region, also extends into neighbouring waters16 outside the territory of the Union, applicants established in the non-EU countries in whose jurisdiction these waters fall, are eligible, providing that the involvement of those applicants is necessary in view of the nature of the action and in order to achieve its objectives.
- for EMFF-MSP-01-2020 (Topic 1): proposals must include applicants from at least two coastal Member States bordering the targeted sea basins/marine regions, i.e. the North Sea and/or the Baltic Sea.
- for EMFF-MSP-02-2020 (Topic 2): proposals must include applicants from at least one coastal Member State responsible for MSP in the concerned EU Outermost region(s).
2. The consortium coordinator has to be established in an EU Member State.
3. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of applicants. One of these applicants must act as the consortium coordinator, while the others will act as partners (members of the consortium).
Proposals must relate to activities concerning the following sea basins/areas:
- for EMFF-MSP-01-2020 (Topic 1): North Sea and Baltic Sea,
- for EMFF-MSP-02-2020 (Topic 2): the EU Outermost regions.
Activities should normally relate to the EU waters, but may extend into neighbouring waters, if this is necessary for the implementation of the project (in view of its nature and its objectives) and in particular where cross-border MSP cooperation requires third country involvement in the given sea basin.
* The Overseas Countries and Territories (as per Annex II of the Treaty on the functioning of the EU) are: Anguilla (UK), Aruba (NL), Bermuda (UK), Bonaire (NL), British Antarctic Territory (UK)*, British Indian Ocean Territory (UK)*, British Virgin Islands (UK), Cayman Islands (UK), Curação (NL), Falkland Islands (UK), French Polynesia (FR), French Southern -and Antarctic Territories (FR)*, Greenland (DK), Montserrat (UK), New Caledonia and Dependencies (FR), Pitcairn (UK), Saba (NL), Saint Barthelemy (FR), Sint Eustatius (NL), Sint Maarten (NL), South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (UK)*, Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha (UK), St. Pierre and Miquelon (FR), Turks and Caicos Islands (UK), Wallis and Futuna Islands (FR). (*) OCTs without a permanent local population. OCTs have a specific status since they are not part of the territory of a Member State but closely linked to it and not a fully independent state.
The call opens 09/06/2020 and the deadline for submission is 10/09/2020.
Participants will be informed on the outcome of the evaluation between December 2020 and February 2021.
The available budget is € 4,000,000. This budget may be increased by maximum 20%. Specific budget information per topic can be found in the table below. EASME considers that proposals requesting a contribution in the ranges indicated below per topic would allow the specific objectives per topic to be appropriately addressed. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
1 — North Sea and Baltic Sea € 2,500,000. One proposal is expected to be funded.
2 — Outermost regions € 1,500,000. One proposal is expected to be funded.
The EU reserves the right not to award all available funds or to redistribute them between the call topics, depending on the applications received and the evaluation results.
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