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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
On 17 May 2017, the European Commission adopted two legislative instruments designed to help EU Member States to better define the good environmental status of their marine waters and to provide clearer criteria and methodologies as to what should be considered when assessing and monitoring seas & oceans.
Commission Decision (EU) 2017 848, which repeals Decision 2010/477/EU, describes the criteria and methodological standards on good environmental status of marine waters, and the specifications and standardised methods for monitoring and assessment. Commission Directive (EU) 2017/845 amends Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding the indicative lists of elements to be taken into account for the preparation of marine strategies.
The JRC, in close collaboration with the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV), supported the review of the Commission Decision by analysing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation process for Descriptors related to Biodiversity and Pollution. The work was carried out by working with Member States experts, involving thus a large community through workshops and joint drafting of supporting reports. These include reviews of: