MSFD reporting data explorer

EU Marine Regions and Sub-regions. Source EEA

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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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.