Fresh Water Affairs

The Working Group Fresh Water Affairs consists of  representatives from different national and regional advisory bodies which have longstanding experience on water affairs.

Through communication and coordination, as well as the combined knowledge, expertise, and resources of its members, the working group is able to address a number of relevant issues with regard to the European fresh water dossiers, such as the Water Framework Directive.

The Working Group is currently Chaired by: Minaraad

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Past Events

Taking stock of our waters and its future: discussing the Water Framework Directive in prelude to its 2019-review
5 July 2017 - 5 July 2017

Being in the middle of its second management cycle and in the prelude of its review in 2019 the Water Framework Directive still faces considerable challenges. Often insufficient monitoring and deficient analysis of pressures occurs. Programmes of measures are not ambitious enough and the Water Framework Directive intervention logic is not always followed. Furthermore, frequent and non-transparent use of exemptions are made and the integration of further policy domains remain insufficient.

Against this challenging background the EEAC Working Group on Fresh Water Affairs dedicated a workshop to these challenges and invited all attendance to start working towards and beyond the Water Framework Directive review of 2019. By organizing this workshop, the EEAC Network continues its work on the Water Framework Directive that has started already in 1995.

The workshop brought together a variety of participants from different fields and backgrounds. The invitees included scientists, national and EU experts, and civil society and government representatives and specialists from multiple advisory councils for environment and sustainable development. The Workshop focused on the origins and evolution of the Water Framework Directive in the member states. Followed by a scientific analysis which outlined the great expectations and the problems of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. After this analysis, the options in prelude to the 2019 review and for the post 2027 period were discussed.

Documents for Taking stock of our waters and its future: discussing the Water Framework Directive in prelude to its 2019-review :

Origin and evolution of the WFD Perspective of a member state by Veronique van den Langenbergh
The potential contribution of water technology by Dirk Halet
The EU Water Framework Directive From great expectations to... by Nick Voulvoulis