Under the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2017/1004, Member States (MS) should cooperate and coordinate their actions to further improve the quality, timeliness and coverage of data.
MS should also coordinate their data collection activities with other MS in the same marine region and make every effort to coordinate their actions with third countries in the same marine region. In order to facilitate cooperation, Regional Coordination Groups (RCG) have been established: Baltic, North Sea & Eastern Arctic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean/Black Sea, Large Pelagics and Long Distance Fisheries.
In 2020, an RCG ECON dealing with data collection of economic data issues was established, to continue the work of the Planning Group on economic issues (PGECON).
Regional Coordination Groups: MS make every effort to coordinate their actions with third countries in the same marine region
Meetings between RCGs, RDBs, EWGs and the Commission to coordinate issues that affect marine regions
Calls for proposals aiming to support projects that further enable RCGs and MS to strengthen regional or EU-wide cooperation on data collection