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Marine Strategy Framework Directive – 2018 Data request for Article 17 updates of Articles 8, 9 and 10

2018 Reporting_MSFD Art 8-9-10_esigned

Ref. Ares(2018)3747540 - 13/07/2018


EUROPEAN COMMISSION

DIRECTORATE-GENERAL ENVIRONMENT

Directorate C - Quality of Life

ENV.C.2 - Marine Environment & Water Industry

Head of Unit



Brussels,
ENV/C2/DC /gm env.c.2(2018)4196940




Dear colleagues,

In accordance with Article 17(2) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), Member States have to review and update their marine strategies every six years. This requires information on Articles 8, 9 and 10 to be updated by 15 July 2018, and to be notified to the European Commission by 15 October 2018 at the latest.


The guidance document for Reporting on the 2018 update of articles 8, 9 & 10 for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive sets out the way in which this reporting is to be undertaken. The types of reports to be uploaded as part of the notification and the reporting procedure are further explained in Annex 1 to this letter. All of the resources highlighted in this data request are available at http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/help/msfd.


You are strongly encouraged to report through the use of XML files as this helps to ensure the quality and consistency of the information reported. This facilitates its dissemination via WISE Marine and its assessment by the Commission in accordance with Article 12. This assessment is expected to consider the adequacy of the reports, their consistency between the articles and their coherence across the subregion, region and Europe. This assessment is expected to focus in particular on reporting fields as indicated in Annex 2 to this letter. Where this information is available in your text-based report, you are requested to transfer it into the XML files, as these will be the main source of information for the Commission assessment.


You are reminded that it is a legal obligation to report by 15 October 2018; you are urged to do your utmost to notify the reports by this deadline. If you consider there is a significant risk of not being able to meet this obligation, we would be grateful if you could indicate, for our planning purposes, by when you intend to report, via email to ENV-MARINE-ENVIRONMENT@ec.europa.eu.


We take this opportunity to thank you for your support and look forward to receiving your reports in due course.


Matjaz Malgaj
(e-signed)





Annex 1: Reporting and notification procedures for the 2018 data request on Article 17 updates of MSFD Articles 8, 9 and 10



Guidance documents


The guidance document for Reporting on the 2018 update of articles 8, 9 & 10 for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is also accompanied by worked examples. The reporting of the articles needs always to be linked to Marine Reporting Units; in addition, several reference lists of elements and their corresponding codes have been prepared in order to have more coherence across the Member State's reports.


Specifically for Article 19(3), which deals with making available the datasets from the monitoring programmes and assessments, a recommendations document, with annexes including examples of data modelling, is available.



Schemas, data specifications and QA/QC


Five XSD schemas have been developed for reporting the information related to Articles 8, 9 and 10 updates, including the links to the datasets to be made available according to Article 19(3):



Member States are expected to submit only one file (XML) per schema.


The MSFD 2018 Data Model (UML) and other resources are available on the resource webpage http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/help/msfd.


Quality control checks have been developed to ensure good quality of the data reported and are available as descriptions.



Reporting tools


In order to facilitate the generation of the XMLs, the following tools have been developed:




Prefilling resources


Prefilled XML files have been prepared with available information either from the 2012 reporting exercise or from assessments performed under other policies that are relevant for the MSFD reporting. Note that the prefilled information is provided to ease the workload for Member States in preparing their 2018 reporting, if they wish to make use of these resources.


The 2018 reporting is an update of the information reported in 2012. Therefore the information reported in 2012 for Articles 9 and 10 has been prefilled and made available following the ART9_GES and ART10_Targets schemas.


In addition, XML files related to the Common Fisheries Policy (ICES advices) have been prepared following the ART8_GES and Indicators schemas, are available for D3 reporting for the Atlantic and Baltic Member States.


In regards to the assessments coming from the Water Framework Directive 2016 reporting exercise, prefilled XML files have been prepared for D5 and D8 reporting with the information of the water bodies aggregated per River Basin District, unless another type of aggregation has been requested by a Member State.


Specifically for Member States working with HELCOM, a prefilling of ART8_GES and the Indicators schemas has been prepared with the information from the last State of the Baltic Sea assessment.


Specifically for Member States working with OSPAR, a prefilling of the Indicators schema has been prepared with the information from the Intermediate Assessment 2017.


The contents and methodology used for the prefilling can be consulted in the document “Prefilling of XML reports with available assessments (FINAL)”.



Where to report


The reports need to be uploaded to the corresponding country folder in the CDR. Under each country folder, in the EU obligations envelope, there is a sub-collection “Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Article 17 (updates)” within which there is a collection “2018 Reporting – Articles 8, 9 and 10, and related geographic areas”. There are sub-folders for spatial data (Article 4), text reports and XML files related to Articles 8, 9 and 10 updates:



The XML information to be reported needs to be linked to Marine Reporting Units (MRUs) that have been requested in advance. Those Member States that plan to report on updated MRUs, but have not yet submitted them, should upload them to the Central Data Repository as soon as possible and contact the MSFD helpdesk to request the corresponding reporting tools to be updated.



Helpdesks


For questions and help related to content and guidance on 2018 MSFD reporting, please contact the MSFD helpdesk: msfd.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu.


For technical support related to EIONET in general (e.g. login problems), please contact the EIONET helpdesk: helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu.





Annex 2: XML schema fields and their use in the Article 12 assessment



The table below indicates the draft criteria to be used for the Commission's Article 12 assessment and their links to particular fields in each XML schema. Note that the assessment methodology is subject to testing and modification; it will be presented to the CIS working groups in autumn 2018.



Fields of the schema 'ART9_GES'



Schema class

Schema field

Art 12 assessment

MarineUnit

MarineReportingUnit


GEScomponent

GEScomponent

Adequacy of use of 2017 Decision criteria Coherence between MS in criteria used

GEScomponent

JustificationNonUse

Adequacy of use of 2017 Decision criteria

GEScomponent

JustificationDelay

Coherence between MS in threshold values (level agreed: EU, regional, national)

GESdetermination

Feature



GESdetermination


GESDescription

Adequacy of (qualitative) GES determination

Coherence between MS in the (qualitative) determination of GES

GESdetermination

DeterminationDate

Adequacy of use of 2017 Decision criteria

GESdetermination

UpdateType



Fields of the schema 'ART8_GES'



Schema class

Schema field

Art 12 assessment


MarineUnit


MarineReportingUnit

Adequacy of MRUs - follow scales expressed in 2017 Decision

Consistency of MRUs between descriptors Coherence of MRU scales within region

OverallStatus

GEScomponent


OverallStatus

Feature


OverallStatus

GESextentThreshold

Adequacy of level of ambition for GES Coherence in level of ambition for GES

OverallStatus

GESextentAchieved


Adequacy of assessment on extent of pressure and impacts

OverallStatus

GESextentUnit

OverallStatus

GESachieved

Coherence between MS on date for achievement of GES (& exceptions)

OverallStatus

DescriptionOverallStatus


OverallStatus

AssessmentPeriod


OverallStatus

RelatedPressures

Coherence between MS in pressures reported

OverallStatus

RelatedTargets


OverallStatus

IntegrationRuleTypeCriteria


OverallStatus

IntegrationRuleDescription Criteria


OverallStatus

IntegrationRuleTypeParameter


OverallStatus

IntegrationRuleDescription Parameter


ElementStatus

Element

Adequacy of elements

Coherence of elements between MS

ElementStatus

ElementCode


ElementStatus

ElementCodeSource


ElementStatus

Element2

Adequacy of elements

Coherence of elements between MS

ElementStatus

Element2Code

ElementStatus

Element2CodeSource


ElementStatus

ElementSource

Coherence of elements between MS

ElementStatus

DescriptionElement


ElementStatus

ElementStatus

Adequacy of status assessment: proportion ofparameters/criteria/elements with clear outcomes

CriteriaStatus

Criteria

Consistency of assessment with GES determination

CriteriaStatus

CriteriaStatus

Adequacy of status assessment: proportion ofparameters/criteria/elements with clear outcomes

CriteriaStatus

DescriptionCriteria


CriteriaValues

Parameter


Coherence of parameters between MS

CriteriaValues

ParameterOther

CriteriaValues

ThresholdValueUpper

Adequacy of (quantitative) determination of GES (threshold values specified)

Coherence between MS in threshold values (level agreed: EU, regional, national)

CriteriaValues

ThresholdValueLower

CriteriaValues

ThresholdQualitative


CriteriaValues

ThresholdValueSource


Coherence between MS in threshold values (level agreed: EU, regional, national)

CriteriaValues

ThresholdValueSourceOther

CriteriaValues

ValueAchievedUpper


CriteriaValues

ValueAchievedLower


CriteriaValues

ValueUnit

Coherence between MS in threshold values (level agreed: EU, regional, national)

CriteriaValues

ValueUnitOther

CriteriaValues

ProportionThresholdValue

Adequacy of level of ambition for GES Coherence in level of ambition for GES

CriteriaValues

ProportionValueAchieved

Adequacy of assessment on extent of pressure and impacts

CriteriaValues

ProportionThresholdValueUnit

Adequacy of level of ambition for GES Coherence in level of ambition for GES

CriteriaValues

Trend


CriteriaValues

ParameterAchieved

Adequacy of status assessment: proportion ofparameters/criteria/elements with clear outcomes

CriteriaValues

DescriptionParameter


CriteriaValues

RelatedIndicator




Consistency of assessment with GES determination



Fields of the schema 'ART8_ESA'


Art.12 assessment methodology under development



Fields of the schema 'ART10_Targets'



Schema class

Schema field

Art 12 assessment

MarineUnit

MarineReportingUnit

Consistency of MRUs/scales - in relation to MRUs used for Art. 8 [and Art 13]

Target

Feature


Target

TargetCode



Target


Description

Adequacy of target to address achievement of GES Adequacy of target to reflect gap between current (2018) state and GES (targets updated since previous reporting and sufficiently ambitious)

Coherence of targets across (sub)region

Target

GEScomponent


Target

Timescale

Adequacy of target - its measurability (SMART)

Target

UpdateDate

Adequacy of target to reflect gap between current (2018) state and GES (targets updated since previous reporting and

sufficiently ambitious)

Target

UpdateType

Target

RelatedMeasures

Consistency of targets with measures - directly linked tomeasures which reduce pressure/impact

ProgressAssessment

Element


Adequacy of target - its measurability (SMART)

ProgressAssessment

Element2

ProgressAssessment

Parameter


Adequacy of target - its measurability (SMART)

ProgressAssessment

ParameterOther

ProgressAssessment

TargetValue

Adequacy of target - its measurability (SMART)

ProgressAssessment

ValueAchievedUpper


ProgressAssessment

ValueAchievedLower


ProgressAssessment

ValueUnit


Adequacy of target - its measurability (SMART)

ProgressAssessment

ValueUnitOther

ProgressAssessment

TargetStatus


ProgressAssessment

AssessmentPeriod


ProgressAssessment

Description


ProgressAssessment

RelatedIndicator





Fields of the schema 'Indicators'


Schema class

Schema field

Art 12 assessment

IndicatorAssessment

IndicatorCode


IndicatorAssessment

IndicatorTitle


IndicatorAssessment

IndicatorSource


IndicatorAssessment

IndicatorSourceOther


IndicatorAssessment

UniqueReference


IndicatorAssessment

RelatedTargets


IndicatorAssessment

DatasetVoidReason

Adequacy of access to Art. 8 data products under Art. 19(3)

Feature

GEScomponent


Feature

Feature


MarineUnit

MarineReportingUnit


Datasets

URL


Adequacy of access to Art. 8 data products under Art. 19(3)

Datasets

MD_URL



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