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  • Guidelines on integrating Water Reuse in water planning and management published!


    Water reuse can be a valuable measure to achieve the objectives of the WFD in a more Circular Economy, in particular in situations of water scarcity. As such, water reuse should be appropriately considered in water planning and management. For this purpose guidelines were developed by the Commission, Member States and stakeholders, based on existing experience.

    Read more about these guidelines and other actions to promote water reuse in the EU

  • 25/05/2016: 'The European Environment Agency and the European Commission have published today the Report on European bathing water quality in 2015.
    As usual, the report is based on data from the previous bathing season, so this year's report is a compilation of data gathered in summer of 2015, indicating the quality of bathing water expected in 2016. This year’s review covers more than 21,000 bathing water sites across Europe. While 96 % of bathing sites met the minimum requirements, more than 84 % met the more stringent ‘excellent’ level.
    The full report can be consulted here.
  • 7/4/2016: Inception Impact Assessment on the initiative "Minimum quality requirements for reused water in the EU (new EU legislation)" published!
    Read more about the initiative of the European Commission to promote water reuse.
  • To coincide with World Water Day 2016, DG Environment has published a policy information sheet providing an overview of water policies. Click here to view the information sheet.
  • Infographics

  • The EIP Water Conference was a success with more than 500 participants!  Read more...
  • The first ever pan-European overview reports on Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) and on Flood Hazard and Risk Maps (FHRMs) have been published. PFRAs and FHRMs are two important steps towards reducing the risk of flood damage in Europe. Read more...
  • Call for Evidence on the economic benefits of EU water policy
    The Commission is looking for empirical evidence, studies and concrete feedback on the economic benefits of EU water policy and the costs of non-implementation with a view to launching an open call for tenders for contracting a study, which aims at generating new and solid economic arguments to promote effective protection and efficient use of water resources for the well-being of European nature and citizens. Please click here for further information and to participate in the survey.It will be open until 11 March 2016.
  • 13/01/2016: EIP Water News edition January 2016 out now! 
    European Innovation Partnership on Water: Read about our call for applications for our renewed Steering Group. "pipe-in-a-pipe"solutions, an update of the 3rd EIP Water Conference on "How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?"and whom and how to meet participants of your choice in this 27th edition of the EIP Water News. Join over 4,100 readers by subscribing here for monthly EIP Water Newsletters or find ideas and solutions at our Marketplace, one of the world’s largest free databases on water & innovation.


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.

noteThe 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






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