Legislative instrument details: Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Legal name 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
Short name Marine Strategy Framework Directive
CELEX reference 32008L0056
Identification number 2008/56/EC
Issued by European Parliament and Council
URL to issuer http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/ma...
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 15/07/2008
Abstract This Directive establishes a framework within which Member States shall take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain good environmental status in the marine environment by the year 2020 at the latest.
For that purpose, marine strategies shall be developed and implemented in order to:
a) protect and preserve the marine environment, prevent its deterioration or, where practicable, restore marine ecosystems in areas where they have been adversely affected;
b) prevent and reduce inputs in the marine environment, with a view to phasing out pollution as defined in Article 3(8), so as to ensure that there are no significant impacts on or risks to marine biodiversity, marine ecosystems, human health or legitimate uses of the sea.

Each Member State shall, in respect of each marine region or subregion concerned, develop a marine strategy for its marine waters consisting of preparation (initial assessment, determination of good environmental status, establishment of environmental targets and monitoring programmes) and programmes of measures.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
DG Env review of reporting theme Water
Geographic scope European Union
Comments Coastal waters, including their seabed and subsoil, are an integral part of the marine environment, and as such should also be covered by this Directive, in so far as particular aspects of the environmental status of the marine environment are not already addressed through Directive 2000/60/EC or other Community legislation.
This Directive is consistent with the Water Framework Directive. See for its reporting obligations http://rod.eionet.europa.eu/show.jsv?id=516&mo...