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EC: The Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive - Actions towards the 'good status' of EU water and to reduce flood risks

European Commission published a communication to the European Parliament and the Councile under the title "The Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive - Actions towards the 'good status' of EU water and to reduce flood risks"

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Effective water management, as required by the Water Framework Directive (WFD), helps Member States prepare for extreme weather events which, due to climate change, are becoming more frequent and cause tremendous damages.

 

To complement the WFD, the Floods Directive (FD) was adopted in 2007 and requires Member States to assess and map flood risks and hazards and to manage them by putting in place flood risk management plans.

 

Both directives have reached a crucial point in their implementation. In 09/03/2015 the European Commission presented to the European Parliament and the Council the Communication "The Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive - Actions towards the 'good status' of EU water and to reduce flood risks", presening an evaluation of the progress made so far, keeping in mind that that the two directives are linked and that their implementation should be coordinated.

 

The evaluation is based on the first reports on specific actions taken by Member States to implement the measures summarised in their river basin management plans. It builds on the Commission’s assessment of the river basin management plans available in 2012 and meets the requirements of the WFD, which requires the Commission to publish in 2015 an interim report on the Member States’ implementation of their programmes of measures. The Commission’s assessment of Member States’ programmes of measures and its evaluation of their preliminary flood risk assessments is the basis for the recommendations laid out at the end of this document. They are presented here in view of the second river basin management plans and first flood risk management plans to be adopted by Member States by the end of 2015 and currently subject to public consultations.

 

The Communication document is available for download in English here. The Communication is also available in all European languages here.

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