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EMFAF – Maritime spatial planning (MSP) Projects – 2023

EMFAF - European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund aims at supporting the EU Green Deal and a sustainable blue economy by implementing actions in the field of the Union's Maritime Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy and the EU international ocean governance agenda.

4 million euro

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Program European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Agriculture & Fisheries Business & Industry Citizenship & Human Rights Civil Protection & Risks Cooperation & Development Energy Environment & Climate Health Services to organisations Social Economy
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Local Authority & Affiliated Entity State administration & affiliated entities
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Non EU-countries eligible to the program :

  • Countries in the Atlantic,
  • Countries in the Baltic Sea,
  • Countries in the Black Sea,
  • Countries in the North Sea,
  • Mediterranean countries
  • Countries having waters adjacent to the EU Outermost Regions

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To facilitate the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the EU, including through the effective application of Directive 2014/89 establishing a framework for MSP
  • To fund projects developing innovative responses to tackle specific challenges that EU Members States might encounter when putting into effect, monitoring and/or revising their maritime spatial plans


  • Priority 1: To develop strategies and approaches to review/revise maritime spatial plans to make them future proof, more integrated and more coherent, especially in a sea basin context
  • Priority 2: To facilitate/enable the development of marine protected areas and economic sectors in the maritime domain
  • Priority 3: To design maritime spatial plans to integrate objectives and measures of other EU instruments with the aim to reduce collective and cumulative pressures and ensuring that marine ecosystems are in a healthy, productive and resilient condition
  • Priority 4: To analyse how maritime spatial plans identified and addressed existing and potential tensions between different sectors

Among financed actions

  • Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in articles 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the MSP Directive, including the review and/or revisions or 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)

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Be endorsed by the public authorities or bodies in charge of maritime spatial planning at national level in the related coastal Member States
  • Be public authorities or bodies in charge of maritime spatial planning of coastal Member States
  • Total budget of the call: 4 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 1 million and 2.5 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 80% of the total eligible costs

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