All CMS Family instruments include provisions for the preparation and submission of National Reports
prior to meetings of their decision-making body. However, obligations differ depending on the legal status
of the CMS instrument. For CMS and its Agreements - which are legally binding - reporting is an obligation
for each Party. However, there is no mandatory reporting requirement under the MOUs, which are legally
non-binding in nature. Nonetheless, Signatories to these MOUs are requested to make periodic reports
on their national implementation. References to the legal texts of each Instrument with regard to national
reporting are summarized in the attachment.