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This report represents the result of the scientific and technical review of Commission Decision 2010/477/EU in relation to Descriptor 10. The review has been carried out by the EC JRC together with the MSFD Technical Group on Marine Litter, and has considered contributions from the GES Working Group in accordance with the roadmap set out in the MSFD implementation strategy (agreed on at the 11th CIS MSCG meeting). The report is one of a series of reports (review manuals) including Descriptor 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 that conclude phase 1 of the review process and, as agreed within the MSFD Common Implementation Strategy, have been the basis for review phase 2, that had led towards the revision of the Commission Decision 2010/477/EU. The report presents the state of the technical discussions as of 30 April 2015, and does not contain agreed conclusions on all issues. The views expressed in the document do not necessarily represent the views of the European Commission.
The review and revision process has then led to the adoption of the MSFD Commission Decision 2017/848/EU.