The role of Europe
The European Union fulfils an important role in the management and protection of the North Sea. In the submenu at the side, you will find information about the most important European laws and regulations in the fields of fisheries, nature and environment. Directives with which the Dutch government, too, must comply.
On behalf of the European Parliament and the European Council, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive provides the parameters within which the member states must shape their policy for the marine environment. The Framework Directive obliges the member states to maintain or restore the good condition of their marine environment.