The Directorate General for Maritime Policy (DGPM) was designated as "PT02 - Integrated Marine and Coastal Waters Management", Programme Operator, upon the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 29 March that has entered into force on March 30, 2012.
The DGPM was created in January 7, 2012, with the entry into force of Decree-Law no. 7/2012, which approves the Organic Law of the Ministry of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning (MAMAOT) under the Reduction and Improvement Plan for the State's Central Administration (PREMAC), stating the aims set out in the XIX Constitutional Government Programme related to the Sea Affairs.
The Decree n. º 17/2012, of January 31, establishes the organizational structure of DGPM, identifying its nature, mission and responsibilities.
The DGPM's mission is to develop, evaluate and update the National Ocean Strategy (NOS), and to propose ocean's national policy in its various forms, plan and manage the maritime space in its different uses and activities, monitor and participate in development of the Integrated Maritime Policy of the European Union and to promote national and international cooperation related to the Ocean.