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Towards a 2020 full compliance of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Issues and current status

Jordi Sandalinas

(Submission #114)


The 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 - MSFD - is a very important law instrument that plays a role together with the Inspire Directive. As Prof Longhorn states, whereas Inspire is used for implementing, the MSFD helps in reporting situations. Thus, the roadmaps of both Directives are different: Inspire Annex I should be available by November 2017 and Annex II and III by October 2020. On the other hand, MSFD should coexist with monitoring programs by March 2022 as far as remote sensing data is concerned. Using that example, the author refers that Inspire is not alone as a Directive, moreover, it coexists with other binding instruments regarding spatial data infrastructural planning. Nevertheless, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive has established a deadline for all the EU members to assure that at least certain areas are protected. Concretely, Article 1 of the MSFD states that "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". The present lecture will address the issues and determine until how extent and how far are "we still from there", since by the time of the 2017 Inspire Conference, barely two years will remain to take all appropriate measures to reach to such uniformity.


Topic Area:  [1.4] Compliance assurance and environmental crime
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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