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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-002026/2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

Interim reports on the updated programmes of measures under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)(1) have not yet been submitted by Member States. They are expected to be reported by Member States in the second half of 2018.

The Commission regularly issues specific calls for proposals for the implementation of the MSFD; the latest one has been published on 20 March 2018.

In such calls for proposals, emphasis is placed on regional cooperation. Over the past four years, almost EUR 12.5 million has been made available for co-funding projects aimed at supporting the implementation of the MSFD. The LIFE programme also contributed EUR 36.8 million for projects having a specific marine relevance.

By December 2016, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund contribution to the protection of the marine environment including specific MSFD purposes amounted to EUR 61 million(2).

Member States have a large discretion in using different funding instruments to support the implementation of their marine strategies. Indeed, different elements of such strategies, such as the assessment of the marine environment, monitoring programmes or their programmes of measures, often draw from initiatives in other related policies, such as the common fisheries policy or the integrated Maritime Policy(3).

The Commission cannot therefore provide information on the exact amount of co-financing of every individual programme of measures drawn up by each Member State.

(1)Directive 2008/56/EC, OJ L 164, 25.6.2008, p. 19‐40
(2)Data up to December 2017 will be available in June 2018. EUR 61 million corresponds to EMFF support to selected operations (cost). EMFF support spent (expenditure) amounts to EUR 799 524.
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/policy_en

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