Several EU Member States are leaving it to the last possible minute to carry out an important phase of the Marine Directive and now need to speed up their efforts to ensure that a European Commission reporting deadline is achieved by October 15.

Several EU Member States are leaving it to the last possible minute to carry out an important phase of the Marine Directive and now need to speed up their efforts to ensure that a European Commission reporting deadline is achieved by October 15.Member States had until July 15 of this year to complete their Initial Assessments, determination of Good Environmental Status and establishment of a set of environmental targets and associated indicators, as required under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Under another requirement of the Directive, Member States are also obliged to carry out public consultations on the above mentioned deliverables to ensure that all interested parties are given early and effective opportunities to participate and give feedback for consideration.

However, several countries are either still in the process of carrying out their consultations now, have had their consultations open subsequent to July 15 or have seemingly not even begun their consultation processes.

France, Denmark, Slovenia and Greece are either in the process of running their consultations or have had them open beyond July 15. From the European Commission’s website, it is unclear whether Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy or Portugal have conducted their consultations or not.

Several other Member States - including Germany, the UK, Sweden and Belgium – carried out their consultations at the end of 2011 or earlier this year.

For more information on Member State consultations

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