Estonia, Greece, Finland and Malta have failed to transpose the Marine Strategy Framework Directive into national legislation, thus breaching the legal requirements of the Directive. The European Commission has sent an initial warning to these Member States.
 

Estonia, Greece, Finland and Malta have failed to transpose the Marine Strategy Framework Directive into national legislation, thus breaching the legal requirements of the Directive. The European Commission has sent an initial warning to these Member States.

The European Commission has asked Estonia, Greece, Finland and Malta to comply with their legal obligation to transpose the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC) into their national legislative framework. The deadline for transposition was the 15th of July 2010.

Six months after the deadline had passed, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to the 4 non-complying Member States, as part of the EU’s infringement procedures. The Member States now have two months to rectify the situation; if they fail to do so, the Commission might refer the case to the European Court of Justice.

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which came into force in 2008, is the first all-encompassing piece of European legislation specifically aimed at the protection and restoration of the marine environment. Its core objective is to reach a Good Environmental Status of all EU marine waters by 2020. This should be achieved by means of national marine strategies, developed under a framework of regional cooperation.


European Commission Press Release

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