This sub-component will explore potential mechanisms for supporting cooperation between planning authorities on maritime spatial plans for fuither consideration by the Member States (MS) whose marine area includes part of SIMWESTMED region.

C1.2. will consider what level of cooperation is required by MS and the extent to which this currently is or can be met through existing measures. Existing mechanisms include requirements under the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive and Aarhus Convention, initiatives such as FAO-GFCM, and existing networks, e.g. RAMOGE.

It must be emphasised that the practical application of enhanced cooperation will be realised also through all the other sub-components. This in turn will inform on-going working and any consensus developed between participants on the approach to future cooperation. The outcomes of some significant case studies will be presented to the Steering Committee (see C2.1 .) for consideration.

C1.2.1 Establish a mechanism for a permanent and operational networking (Regional MSP Platform) among Member States in the area.

C1.2.2 Analysis of the Maritime Spatial Planning Process