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Public Consultation: Updated Assessment of Status, Good Environmental Status and Environmental Targets for Malta’s marine waters pursuant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC (MSFD)


From: Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​16 December 2019
Running till: ​4 February 2020
​Last Updated: ​16 December2019
1.        Background

EU Directive 2008/56/EC establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy, known as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), calls for the achievement or maintenance of Good Environmental Status (GES) in the marine environment by the year 2020 through the development and implementation of marine strategies. GES is defined by eleven descriptors covering various elements pertaining to the marine environment and the pressures thereon. Member States are required to seek achievement of GES, as determined at the level of the marine region or sub-region, for each Annex I descriptor based on a plan of action stipulated by the Directive itself.

In accordance with Article 17 and Article 19 of the Directive, all the elements of the marine strategy should be reviewed every six years after their initial establishment and the updates should be made available to the public for comments. Within this context, ERA has carried out the second cycle of the assessment of the status of the marine environment, and the revision of GES characteristics and the environmental targets that were initially reported by Malta in 2013.

The documents being issued as part of this public consultation include the state of the marine environment and associated pressures and impacts (Article 8), and the revised Good Environmental Status characteristics (Article 9) and environmental targets (Article 10).

2.        Consultation Questions
The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on these documents.
3.        Documents

4.        Submission of input
Submissions must be sent by email to the following address:​

Submissions must be received by 4 February 2020.
We thank you in advance for your input.
Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.


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