Reporting obligation for: MSFD monitoring programmes (Art. 11)

Title MSFD monitoring programmes (Art. 11)
Description EC Water Reporting Obligation
Member States shall establish and implement coordinated monitoring programmes for the ongoing assessment of the environmental status of their marine waters that are compatible within marine regions or subregions.
This reporting obligation is an Eionet core data flow

Delivery process is managed by EEA
Legislative instrument title Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Reporting dates and guidelines
National reporting coordinators Marine Directors of EU Member States
National reporting contacts Data reporters (extranet-msfdreporter-data)
Reporting frequency Every 72 months
Next report due 15/10/2020
Date comments  
Report to European Commission
Other clients using this reporting
Reporting guidelines Marine Strategy Framework Directive reporting resources [Valid since 17/03/2014]  
Extra information The monitoring programmes are described in Marine Strategy Framework Directive ( (Annex 5).

Article 11 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) provides legally-binding requirements for Member States to establish and implement coordinated monitoring programmes for the ongoing assessment of the environmental status of marine waters. Member States are to notify the Commission under MSFD Article 11 of their monitoring programmes by 15 October 2014 so that the Commission can assess whether the elements notified constitute an appropriate framework to meet the requirements of the Directive.

All data files (reports) should be uploaded to ReportNet ( (CDR). Under each Member State, a folder ‘Marine Strategy Framework Directive: monitoring programmes' has been created under the European Union (EU) obligations. Within each Member State folder, the following subfolders (sub-collections) are available to upload the files:
a. One sub-collection folder for any text-based national 'paper' reports for Article 11 (to be submitted in pdf format)and if applicable the copy (snapshot) of information held in a web-based data system or other website ( if linked to in the tabular data).
b. One sub-collection folder for geographic data if required (i.e. an updated MSFD4Geo ML file and the associated geographic data (spatial data in grid or non-grid polygon format).
c. One sub-collection folder for each Marine region and/or sub-region relevant to the Member State's marine waters, for uploading tabular data (i.e. the xml schemas for Article 11).

Further details of the types of reports and their content are given in MSFD Article 11 Reporting Package (

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Principle repository ReportNet CDR (Central Data Repository)  
Data used for Assessment on the contribution of this Directive in environmental protection in marine waters. European Environment Agency in performance of its tasks
Type of information reported Data, Compliance, State of the environment, Text report