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Criteria for accessing WFD CIRCA

A considerable amount of information is publicly available in the WFD library. You do not need a username nor a password to download a lot of useful information.

However, the main reason for setting up WFD CIRCA was to facilitate the working process under the Common Implementation Strategy where hundreds of experts across Europe work together in more than 15 Working and Expert Groups.

In a meeting of the Strategic Co-ordination Group of November 2001, the following criteria were established for allowing access to the restricted part of the WFD CIRCA system: 

1) Access for active members in the WFD Implementation Strategy - "member status"

Anybody, who is member of any of the numerous groups under the Common Implementation Strategy can apply for full access to WFD CIRCA site. 

First, the applicant must "self register" on the CIRCA system. Second, the registered user must apply for specific access to the WFD CIRCA Interest Group. Finally, the WFD CIRCA leaders in DG Environment B.1 of the Commission decide on the acceptance of the application based on the following criteria:

  • completeness of personal contact data  
    Data must include details on address, phone and organisation; work and application with only name and email address will refused;
  • identification of group membership and approval by group leader  
    Each applicant shall identify the groups in which he/she is (or will be) member; in case of new membership, the respective group leader must approve the membership; please use the "description field" in your "personal information" window;
  • information of respective member of the Strategic Co-ordination Group  
    Each new applicant must inform his/her member in the Strategic Co-ordination Group about the application for membership in a group under the WFD CIRCA. Alternatively, the Strategic Co-ordinator may inform the Commission and/or the WG leader about a new member on behalf on the country or the stakeholder.

2) Access for registered users - "observer status"

Anybody with a more specific interest in the implementation process of the Water Framework Directive can apply for an extended access to WFD CIRCA Interest Group. The "observer status" enables access to the following services in WFD CIRCA: "information", "library" (excluding section "C-water directors" and "D-strategic coordination group"), meetings and newsgroups.

First, the applicant must "self register" on the CIRCA system. Second, the registered user must apply for specific access to the WFD CIRCA Interest Group. Finally, the WFD CIRCA leaders in DG Environment B.1 of the Commission decide on the acceptance of the application based on the following criteria:

  • completeness of personal contact data  
    Data must include details on address, phone and organisation; work and application with only name and email address will refused;
  • justification and expression of specific interest  
    Each applicant shall briefly justify the application and describe his/her specific interest for the WFD Common Implementation Strategy, e.g. which working groups; Please use the "description field" in your "personal information" window;
  • no economic or private interest  
    Applications from private persons or persons with an economic interest will be refused.

Unfortunately, we cannot enable access for any applicant who does not fulfill these criteria. In particular, the last criteria on "economic and private interest" excludes a number of applications because it includes, inter alia:

  • most students, researchers,
  • consultants,
  • industry representatives from individual companies. 

The "observer status" was mainly created to enable experts from international marine and river conventions and national and regional authorities who are not part of the working groups to contribute to the preparation of the guidance documents. A general opening of the WFD CIRCA for the interested public as a whole would not be feasible and is not intended since the interim documents must be understood in the context of the process.