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  • 01/02/2018: Proposal for a revised drinking water directive adopted

  • 31/01/2018: European Innovation Partnership on Water: January 2018 newsletter

  • 13/12/2017: European Innovation Partnership on Water: December 2017 newsletter

  • 25/10/2017 European Innovation Partnership on Water - October 2017 newsletter

  • 03/08/2017 European Innovation Partnership on Water - August 2017 newsletter

  • 21/06/2017 European Innovation Partnership on Water - June 2017 newsletter

    EU water policy infographics

    News Archive

    Water is life. It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life as well as an indispensable resource for the economy. Water also plays a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle.

    Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems and of the water we drink and bathe in is therefore one of the cornerstones of environmental protection in Europe. The stakes are high, the issues transcend national boundaries, and concerted action at the level of the EU is necessary to ensure effective protection.

    The Water Framework Directive - what is it all about and how does it link to other water policies?

    Read more in the 12 Water Notes dealing with different topics from international coordination to public participation, chemical pollution, groundwater, floods and intercalibration… as well as links with other legislation such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and EU legislation on drinking and bathing water !
    Since 2001 a Common Implementation Strategy has been in operation, bringing together national experts, stakeholders and the Commission involved initially in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, and then later in the implementation of the Floods Directive as well. Learn more about the outcomes of this process through the Guidance Documents produced.  The CIS Thematic Information Sheets also provide a wealth of information on a variety of subjects.

    In addition, the following publications are available:

    Water Framework Directive (WFD): Status of adoption of the River Basin Management Plans

    Click here for RBMP status
    Click here for progress on implementation in each  Member State






    Integration of the Water Framework Directive in other policies

    To speed up the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, water concerns must be better taken into account in other EU policies and funding mechanisms (a recommendation following the Blueprint in 2012). This will help reach the Directive's objectives of good water status. The European Commission is working closely with Member States and stakeholders to achieve a better integration of the Water Framework Directive with other EU policies .
    Operational and rural development programmes for 2014-2020 have been assessed to measure their contribution towards EU water policy. By highlighting progress so far, the resulting reports can help improve future integration:

    Water Scarcity and Droughts – the European Union is taking action!

    scarcityWhile Europe is largely considered as having adequate water resources, water scarcity and drought is an increasingly frequent and widespread phenomenon in the European Union.

    The main overall objective of EU water policy is to ensure access to good quality water in sufficient quantity for all Europeans, and to ensure the good status of all water bodies across Europe.

    Read more about EU action on water scarcity and drought.

    Flood Risk Management – read more about the Floods Directive!

    EU Member States are obliged to carry out a preliminary assessment of flood risk to identify areas of potential flood risk, to establish and publish flood hazard and risk maps and to develop and implement Flood Risk Management Plans to reduce flood risk.

    Read more about the EU Floods Directive.


    Commission Communication on the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water adopted

    The European Commission has launched a European Innovation Partnership on Water with the aim to support and facilitate the development of innovative solutions to water related challenges and to create market opportunities by doing so. The EIP Water brings together all relevant stakeholders to identify the priority areas for action, to identify barriers to innovation and to propose solutions to break down these barriers. The EIP Water takes a problem oriented approach and makes use of the various existing European, national and regional initiatives.

    For more information about the EIP Water, please look at our dedicated website and the EIP Water Marketplace.

    Water is at the core of climate change adaptation