The activities of the MCC partnership are linked to the development and implementation process of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. From the early stages of the preparation of the Directive, the MCC has been very active in providing guidance (e.g. MSFD Task Group reports), assessments, and reviews (e.g. the review of Commission Decision 2010/477/EU), to facilitate reporting by Member States and the achievement of the Directive's objectives. The MCC also acts as a science-policy interface, and provides a platform for sharing knowledge and scientific expertise on different MSFD-related themes, including assessment methods, and monitoring and modelling tools. In this context, MCC activities seek to ensure that proper advice is given to policy developers for improved implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.