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.)
One of the key activities under the joint implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the improvement of the information exchange between Countries, European institutions, the various stakeholders and the interested public. In order to promote greater information exchange and to facilitate the work in the numerous expert groups, the Commission set up an internet-based platform called "CIRCA" which has recently migrated to a new platform called "CIRCABC".
CIRCABC stands for "Communication and Information Resource Centre for Administrations, Businesses and Citizens" and it is a web-based service provided by the European Commission. It is used to create collaborative workspaces where communities of users can work together and share information and resources. CIRCABC is financed by the ISA. The Directorate General for Informatics at the European Commission (DG DIGIT) is responsible for coordinating the development and the user community. It hosts the application and provides helpdesk and support.
The CIRCABC platform is used to share documents under the WFD Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) and can be accessed here:
Please also note that:
If you have any questions, or are experiencing problems accessing the information exchange platform, please contact the EC Central Help Desk and ask them to open a call and assign it to DIGIT-CIRCABC-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu.
If you need any help regarding the use of the CIRCABC tool, please consult "CIRCABC Help" which consists of a series of "frequently asked questions" focusing on each CIRCABC service. Alternatively, you can send an email to the "Water Mailbox" of the Environment Directorate-General.
Disclaimer specific to the documents available in WFD CIRCABC:
The documents available in WFD CIRCABC have been developed in the context of the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS), a collaborative programme involving the European Commission, all the Member States, the Accession Countries, Norway and other stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organisations. The documents should be regarded as presenting an informal consensus position on best practice agreed by all partners. However, the documents do not necessarily represent the official, formal position of any of the partners. This means that the views expressed in the documents do not necessarily represent the views of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any other CIS partners are responsible for the use that any third party might make of the information contained in these documents.