Key Documents

The 1st phase of implementation of the MSFD – EC’s assessment and guidance

The 1st phase of implementation of the MSFD – EC’s assessment and guidance

The marine environment is a precious heritage that must be protected, conserved and, where practicable, restored with the ultimate aim of maintaining biodiversity and providing diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive. Maintaining and achieving such conditions is essential to support sustainable use of the marine environment for this and(…)

In-Depth Assessment of the EU Member States’ Submissions for the MSFD

In-Depth Assessment of the EU Member States’ Submissions for the MSFD

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) foresees that by 15 July 2012, Member States had to provide information on the initial assessment (article 8 of the directive), on the determination of good environmental status (GES – article 9) and on the establishment of environmental targets and associated indicators (article 10). An In-Depth Assessment (IDA) of(…)

Report from the Commission to the Council and The European Parliament

Report from the Commission to the Council and The European Parliament

Just over five years after the entry into force of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), this report marks the end of the first, ambition-setting phase of its implementation. An unprecedented data-collection and analysis exercise has been undertaken, during which Member States have provided an assessment of the state of their seas (the initial assessment),(…)

JRC Scientific and Technical Report

JRC Scientific and Technical Report

The mission of the JRC-IES is to provide scientific-technical support to the European Union’s policies for the protection and sustainable development of the European and global environment. The report was prepared under an Administrative Arrangement between JRC and DG ENV (No. 070307/2010/579669/AA/D2) and through JRC’s own institutional funding. Click here to read the complete report.

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

DIRECTIVE 2008/56/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL  of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive). THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 175(1) thereof,  having regard to(…)

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