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Review of the Directive

1) The revision of the overall Directive and the necessary Impact Assessment have been included in the Commission Work Programme 2017 (COM(2016)710 final). Preparatory work is taking place. The "evaluate first" principle had been respected. Evaluation: The Commission published on 1 December 2016 a Staff Working Document on the REFIT Evaluation of the Drinking Water Directive 98/83/EC, SWD(2016) 428 final. The Executive Summary is available in EN FR DE. A Commission Proposal is scheduled for end 2017.

2) Stakeholder consultation: The Commission actively consults citizens and other stakeholders right from the very start of an initiative and during the preparation of all major policy initiatives. They have the possibility to provide feed-back on the planned revision and on the inception impact assessment. For further information, see DG Environments Drinking Water Consultation webpage

3) The evaluation and the revision of this Directive are follow-up actions to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water. For further information, see the Commissions’ official register of the European Citizens' Initiative

4) Revision of technical annexes: The Commission adopted on 6th October 2015 COMMISSION DIRECTIVE (EU) 2015/1787 amending Annexes II and III to the Drinking Water Directive. The Directive entered into force on 27th October 2015. The text of the Directive can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union. It has to be transposed into national legislation within a period of 24 months by the Member States.

The amendments will give in the future an opportunity to monitor drinking water parameters at more appropriate frequencies. The new Annex II provides an option to perform the drinking water monitoring in around 100,000 water supply zones in Europe in a more flexible way, provided a risk assessment is performed ensuring full protection of public health. It follows the principle of ‘hazard analysis and critical control point’ (HACCP) used already in food legislation, and the water safety plan approach laid down in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. These amendments will allow a better and more problem-oriented monitoring of small water supplies. The new monitoring and control system allows to reduce unnecessary analyses and to concentrate on those controls that matter.

5) Concerning radioactive substances in drinking water, in 2013 a Council Directive 2013/51/EURATOM was adopted, to be transposed by 28 November 2015, superseding the radioactivity requirements in Directive 98/83/EC. Further background on the Euratom Treaty and radiation protection legislation can be found here.