The Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MOP) organized an online presentation of the Maritime Spatial Plan – a strategic document that introduces strategic planning for the sustainable development of offshore activities and uses in Slovenia for the first time since independence. In his speech, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment Robert Rožac said that Slovenia was the first EU member in the Eastern Mediterranean to prepare and approve a Maritime Spatial Plan, for which it also received praise from the European Commission.
Rožac stressed that with the approved Maritime Spatial Plan, Slovenia has established a legal basis for achieving sustainable growth of the maritime economy, sustainable development of the maritime area and sustainable use of maritime resources.
MESP prepared the Maritime Spatial Plan of Slovenia as a strategic, spatial development document, which sets out the goals and guidelines for further development of offshore activities, determines the spatial and temporal distribution of relevant existing and future activities and uses and provides a framework for them. mutual coordination. As a rule, all activities and uses discussed have already been carried out in the Slovenian Sea; they are generally not in conflict with each other and operate within the framework set by individual sectoral regulations. As a rule, the Slovenian Maritime Spatial Plan does not interfere with existing regulations, legal regimes and legal relations, as well as strategic and implementing acts.
According to Secretary of State Rožac, the plan was made for the sea, which is defined in the land cadastre as water land and is state property. In accordance with the requirements of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean, it further defines the basic coastal zone on land and includes guidance on how local communities near the sea should define it in their municipal spatial plans.
The Head of the Sector for Strategic Spatial Development in the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning Lenča Humerca larolar said that the process of preparing the plan was designed in a modern, comprehensive way, which enabled open discussion, mutual confrontation and verification of different substances and of interest, and above all the preparation of a harmonized document. All relevant participants contributed to the spatial planning in the sea and coast area at national and local level. “In the preparation process, we faced and balanced all the goals of sectoral development and defense at sea,” she stressed.
“In the discussion, Marko Starman from the Slovenian Adriatic Sea Council stressed the efforts to harmonize the positions of all coastal municipalities and to link the interests related to the sea and the coast. In his opinion, it is important that they approached the harmonization of this document in this way, and in the process of preparation, they reached some important findings – what we are already doing today and what plans we have for the future. He expressed hope that such co-operation would continue in the implementation of the plan, “the government said in a press release.
The Slovenian Maritime Spatial Plan, which follows the requirements of the European directive establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning, is a binding starting point for the implementation of all activities, regimes, uses and measures at sea. It is a mandatory starting point for the preparation of sectoral development documents for individual offshore activities, as well as for the preparation of strategic and implementing acts at national, regional and local level.