The MSFD has a number of reporting obligations through which EU Member States have to inform the European Commission on the implementation of different articles of the Directive. This is done through the Central Data Repository of the Eionet website, where the countries upload files with the information requested on each of the articles. The files reported by the countries on agreed formats are imported into a central database hosted by the European Environment Agency.

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With the present tool, the information on Articles 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 18 reported by Member States from 2010 up to the present date is made available and downloadable in a spreadsheet format (in cases where Member States submitted several versions of a report, only the final versions reported are included).

The deadlines established by the Directive for the reporting of the articles are as follows:

  • Articles 4 and 7: 15 January 2011 and whenever needed thereafter
  • Articles 8, 9 and 10: 15 October 2012 and every 6 years thereafter
  • Article 11: 15 October 2014 and every 6 years thereafter
  • Articles 13 and 14: 31 March 2016 and every 6 years thereafter
  • Article 18: within three years of the publication of each programme of measures or update

Marine Units

Article 4
Geographical areas used by Member States for the implementation of the Directive compatible with the marine regions and subregions listed in the Directive.

Competent Authorities

Article 7
Member States authority or authorities for the implementation of the Directive with respect to their marine waters.


Article 8
Assessments of Member States marine waters comprising: a) analysis of the essential features and characteristics, b) analysis of the predominant pressures and impacts, and c) economic and social analysis of the use of those waters.

Determination of good environmental status

Article 9
Determination of the good environmental status of the Descriptors, for Member States marine waters and in respect of each marine region or subregion.

Establishment of environmental targets

Article 10
Environmental targets and associated indicators for Member States marine waters to guide progress towards achieving good environmental status in their marine environment.

Monitoring programmes

Article 11
Programmes established by Member States to monitor the environmental status of their marine waters.

Programmes of measures & Progress of PoM

Articles 13 & 18
Measures to be taken in order to achieve or maintain good environmental status, and progress in the implementation of the programmes of measures.


Article 14
Exceptions reported whenever good environmental status cannot be achieved.

Datasets used

Article 19.3
Access to data resulting from the GES assessments and the monitoring programmes.


Note that some of the information submitted by Member States to the Central Data Repository may not be accessible through the present tool, due to technical issues related to the delivered data (e.g. envelopes not ended, duplicated keys, missing files, missing labels, files not structured according to the schema, etc.). This can lead to inconsistencies in the case of some Member States between the information made available under the different articles (e.g. Article 8 vs. Article 4 on Marine units).

More information: to know more about the reporting exercises, as well as better understand the fields and meaning of the reporting information, see the reporting guidance documents, schemas and tools in the reporting resources pages in CDR Help: