Development of these proposals began with workshops held in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Since then they have developed to meet the European Commission's information requirements.
Following consultation between September and November 2016 the proposals were updated and published below. We requested that other member states confirm that the proposals had sufficient information to proceed to the formal negotiation stage.
The documents can be described as follows:
- Proposal: this is the main body of the proposed joint recommendation
- Proposal annexes: this forms part of the proposal but has been split to meet website upload limitation
- Audit: this is the history of the proposals as they have developed
- Measures: this is a text summary of the measures without the supporting information
On 20 June 2017 there was a meeting of the Scheveningen Group Article 11 experts in The Hague to discuss the North Sea proposal. The North Western Waters proposal was discussed on 21 June 2017 at a meeting of the North Western Waters Group Article 11 experts in London. The presentations from these discussions and letters detailing the timeline are included below.