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Implementation of the Floods Directive

Timetable

Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks sets out clear deadlines for each of the requirements. The key milestones are listed below.

Issue

Deadline

Reference

Entry into force

26.11.2007

OJ L 288, 6.11.2007

Art 18

Transposition 

26.11.2009

Art 17

Reporting format Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment

22.12.2009

Art 11

Administrative arrangements to be in place and to be notified to the Commission 

26.5.2010

Art 3

Cut-off date transitional measure (availability of existing tools) 

22.12.2010

Art 13

Preliminary flood risk assessment

22.12.2011

Art 4 & 5

Public participation process starts (publication of mechanism and timetable for consultation)

22.12.2012 *

Art 9.3 & 10

Flood hazard and risk maps

22.12.2013 **

Art 6

Flood risk management plans

22.12.2015 ***

Art 7

2nd Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment, specific requirement on climate change

Commission's first implementation report due.

22.12.2018

Art 14.1 & 4

2nd Flood hazard and risk maps

22.12.2019

Art 14.2

End of 1st flood risk management cycle

2nd Flood Risk Management Plans, specific requirement on climate change.

3rd Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans.

22.12.2021

Art 14.3 & 4

Review /update every 6 years thereafter

Reporting to the Commission : 3 months after 

* = coordination with article 14 (WFD) requirements

** = date of 1st review of pressure and impact analysis under the WFD

*** = date of 1st review of WFD river basin management plans

See also the timetable for implementation of the Water Framework Directive

The Floods Directive Scoreboard

In order to monitor and inform about how well Member States follow the reporting obligations outlined above, an informal Floods Directive scoreboard has been developed. Disclaimer: the table below shows if notifications or reports have been submitted, and if they are complete or incomplete. The table does not, however, give any indication of whether the notified legislation is conformant to the requirements of the Directive, or if the reported information fulfills all requirements of the respective articles. For information about enforcement of EU laws, including on infringements classified by Directive and by Member State, please go to  this page.

Country

Notification transposition (Art. 17, deadline 26.11.2009)

Competent authorities /Units of management (Art. 3, deadline notification 26.5.2010)*

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (Art. 4&5, deadline reporting 22.3.2012)
Flood Hazard & Flood Risk Maps (Art. 6, deadline reporting 22.3.2014)
Flood Risk Management Plans (Art 7, deadline reporting 22.3.2016)
Austria smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Belgium smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Bulgaria smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Cyprus smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Czech Republic smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Denmark smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Estonia smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Finland smily happy smily happy smily happy    
France smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Germany smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Greece smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Hungary smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Ireland smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Italy smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Latvia smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Lithuania smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Luxembourg smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Malta smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Netherlands smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Poland smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Portugal smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Romania smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Slovakia smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Slovenia smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Spain smily happy smily happy smily happy    
Sweden smily happy smily happy smily happy    
United Kingdom smily happy smily happy smily happy    

* If other units of management or competent authorites than used for Directive 2000/60/EC.

Explanation of symbols and colours
Report or information submitted smily happy
Requirements only partially fulfilled smily neutral
Report or information not submitted smily unhappy

Disclaimer: The information in the tables may not necessarily reflect the latest formal information that is available to the Commission. Hence, this information does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission. It is intended for general information to the public but is not the basis on which the European Commission decides upon the necessity to launch legal proceedings against the Member States for not fulfilling the obligations of the Directive.

Reporting

In order to improve access to environmental information and the availability of reports, the European Commission (DG Environment, Joint Research Centre and Eurostat) and the European Environment Agency have developed an electronic data and information system on water called WISE (Water Information System for Europe).

A Concept paper on "Reporting and compliance checking of the Floods Directive" was approved by the Water Directors of the EU Member States in 2009. On this basis, the Water Directors approved a number of reporting sheets that have been compiled into a "Guidance for Reporting under the Floods Directive". These documents are available in the Floods section of CIRCABC

The reporting under the Floods Directive is carried out via WISE. An on-line map viewer is available.