Strategy for the marine environment

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2008/56/EC – EU action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive)

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

The directive builds on existing EU legislation and covers specific elements of the marine environment not addressed in other policies, such as the Water Framework Directive, the Habitats and Birds Directives.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 15 July 2008. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 15 July 2010.

BACKGROUND

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* KEY TERMS

good environmental status: this relates to ecologically diverse and dynamic oceans and seas that are clean, healthy and productive. The aim is to ensure that the marine environment is safeguarded for current and future generations.

MAIN DOCUMENT

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) (OJ L 164, 25.6.2008, pp. 19–40)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Decision 2010/477/EU of 1 September 2010 on criteria and methodological standards on good environmental status of marine waters (OJ L 232, 2.9.2010, pp. 14–24)

Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, pp. 22–61)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 have been incorporated in to the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: The first phase of implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) — The European Commission’s assessment and guidance (COM(2014) 97 final, 20.2.2014)

Commission Communication to the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth (COM(2014) 254 final/2, 8.5.2014)

Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning (OJ L 257, 28.8.2014, pp. 135–145)

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the progress in establishing marine protected areas (as required by Article 21 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC) (COM(2015) 481 final, 1.10.2015)

Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans (JOIN(2016) 49 final, 10.11.2016)

last update 23.02.2017