MEDASSET’s activities span across the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. We participate in European Union policy making processes and advocates for improved protection of Europe’s seas and coasts. To accomplish this we join forces with other NGOs and networks. Our main current focus is on the EU’s Habitats Directive, Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning policies, the Common Fisheries Policy and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The European Union plays a pivotal role in environmental policy, and affects not only the environmental policies in member states, but can have an impact on policies and processes in candidate member countries, as well as in third countries around the globe, e.g. through trade, fisheries and climate change policies and agreements.