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The EU Floods Directive

Information exchange on floods - key links

An important component of the Floods Directive on flood risk management is the exchange of information. These links show some key ongoing work on floods as well as opportunities of funding for flood related activities.

Research on floods

EU Funding possibilities for flood related projects

  • Structural and cohesion funds : Making the Structural & Cohesion Funds Water Positive, a document by the European Network of Environmental authorities (ENEA), February 2006, can be downloaded here.
  • Common Agricultural Policy includes support for agri-environmental measures as rural development projects, which can contribute to flood related projects.
  • A number of pre-accession funds such as SAPARD can provide funding for flood-related projects.
  • European Union Solidarity Fund can respond in a rapid, efficient and flexible manner to come to the aid of any Member State in the event of a major natural disaster.
  • The LIFE programme can fund implementation projects.

Flood protection and International River Basin Commissions

In a number of river basins, the countries bordering these rivers have established bodies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to river basin management. In many of these river basins flood protection plans have been developed, or are being developed. Below you will find links to four of the most active River Basin Commissions in Europe.

River Basin Commission

Web address


Elbe River

Czech, German




Oder River

Czech, English, German, Polish

Meuse River

Dutch, French, German

Rhine River

Dutch, English, French, German

Links to other Community instruments and initiatives

The management of flood risks is a crucial component of climate change adaptation, and the Directive requires that member States take climate change this into account in the preliminary flood risk assessment, depending on their specific needs.

Other pieces of Community legislation are closely linked to the implementation of the Floods Directive, in particular :

  • Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 on the establishment of a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (Water Framework Directive)
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF)
  • Council Decision 2001/792/EC, Euratom of 23 October 2001 establishing a Community mechanism to facilitate reinforced cooperation in civil protection assistance interventions (Civil Protection Mechanism)
  • Commission action in the field of Disaster prevention
  • Council Directive 96/61/EC of 24 September 1996 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC Directive)
  • Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (EIA Directive
  • Council Directive 96/82/EC of 9 December 1996 on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (SEVESO II) as extended by Directive 2003/105/EC
  • Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (The SEA Directive)
  • Aarhus Convention and related Community legislation on public participation and the access to environmental information.

Other relevant policies and initatives are :