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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The Water Framework Directive – in full, the Directive 2000/60/EC, establishing a framework
for Community action in the field of water policy; abridged: the “WFD” – dates from October
23rd, 2000, and was publicized on December 22nd, same year.
Article 19.2. WFD states that “the Commission will review this Directive at the latest 19 years
after the date of its entry into force”, i.e. in 2019, “and will propose any necessary
amendments to it.” In the run-up to this, and in order to re-acquaint with the WFD, the working group Chairman issued a exploratory note on the Water Framework Directive.
This exploratory note is meant to be a contribution to this
work, as it should bring the EEAC’s to a level playing field concerning their knowledge about
the WFD and raise awareness among the EEAC’s that are not yet involved.
The EEAC member councils agreed upon the note in December 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.
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