18/9/2007 : The Council adopts the Floods Directive :
Text of the Directive as adopted by the Council (please note that the text will only be legally binding once published in the Official Journal)
Other language versions are available in the Council's document search engine [Search tip : look for document with the interinstiutional reference 2006/0005(COD), and note the corrigendums in the NL, DK, IT and SK versions.]
Second reading - negotiations on the proposed Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks
25/5/2007 : The European Commission adopts its opinion on the European Parliaments report in recond reading (COM(2007)294 of 25.5.2007).
25/04/2007 : The European Parliament adopts a compromise package agreed with the Council on the Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks. Final adoption by the Council is expected later in 2007.
First reading - negotiations on the proposed Directive on the assessment and management of floods
6/12/2006 : The Commission's Communication COM(2006)775 to the European Parliament on the Council's Common Position on the Directive on the assessment and management of floods is adopted.
23/11/2006 : The Council adopts the Common Position on the "Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks"
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27/6/2006 : The Environment Council adopts a Political agreement on a Common position on the floods Directive
13/6/2006 : European Parliament adopts a report in the first reading on the Floods Directive
17/5/2006 : European Economic and Social Committee adopts an opinion on the Floods Directive
Key related background documents:
The information exchange carried out in the context of the Floods Action Programme and the Working Group on Floods has led to the development of the following documents. (Please note that these informal documents are endorsed by the Water Directors, but do not necessarily express the view of the European Commission or does not necessarily correspond to the full requirements of Directive 2007/60/EC.)
In order to promote exchange of information, the Commission set up an internet-based platform, called "CIRCA". CIRCA stands for "Communication Information Resource Centre Administrator" and it is a software tool, developed under the European Commission IDA programme, which is tuned towards Public Administrations’ needs.
The development of river basin management plans under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and of flood risk management plans are elements of integrated river basin management. To establish an easy exchange of information with the Water Framework Directive, the information regarding the Action programme on Flood risk management is part of the WFD CIRCA.
An overview of flood related information available on CIRCA is included in this Thematic information sheet of Flood Risk Management!
If you are familiar with the tool, you can directly access the public part of the CIRCA site. However, you may want to know more about the following issues:
If you need any help regarding the use of the CIRCA tool, there are comprehensive "help" functions integrated. In addition, there is plenty of additional information on the use of the CIRCA tool available such as user manuals and "frequently asked questions" list under: http://forum.europa.europa.eu/Public/irc/ida/ircforum/home.