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WFD CIRCABC - the Information Exchange Platform

One of the key activities under the joint implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the improvement of the information exchange between Countries, European institutions, the various stakeholders and the interested public. In order to promote greater information exchange and to facilitate the work in the numerous expert groups, the Commission set up an internet-based platform called "CIRCA" which has recently migrated to a new platform called "CIRCABC".

CIRCABC stands for "Communication and Information Resource Centre for Administrations, Businesses and Citizens" and it is a web-based service provided by the European Commission.  It is used to create collaborative workspaces where communities of users can work together and share information and resources. CIRCABC is financed by the ISA. The Directorate General for Informatics at the European Commission (DG DIGIT) is responsible for coordinating the development and the user community. It hosts the application and provides helpdesk and support.

The CIRCABC platform is used to share documents (including meeting documents) under the WFD Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) and can be accessed here:

Please also note that:

  • In line with the principle of transparency, all sections of the "WFD CIRCABC" library  are accessible to the public except for the WFD Article 21 Committee which is accessible only to registered Committee Members.   
  • Measures to ensure personal data protection: from now on the minutes of the CIS meetings will contain the name and organisation of the participants, without further personal data (no email, no address, no telephone).

If you have any questions, or are experiencing problems accessing the information exchange platform, please contact the EC Central Help Desk and ask them to open a call and assign it to DIGIT-CIRCABC-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu.

If you need any help regarding the use of the CIRCABC tool, please consult "CIRCABC Help" which consists of a series of  "frequently asked questions" focusing on each CIRCABC service.  Alternatively, you can send an email to the "Water Mailbox" of the Environment Directorate-General.

Disclaimer specific to the documents available in WFD CIRCABC:

The documents available in WFD CIRCABC have been developed in the context of the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS), a collaborative programme involving the European Commission, all the Member States, the Accession Countries, Norway and other stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organisations.  The documents should be regarded as presenting an informal consensus position on best practice agreed by all partners.  However, the documents do not necessarily represent the official, formal position of any of the partners.  This means that the views expressed in the documents do not necessarily represent the views of the European Commission.  Neither the European Commission nor any other CIS partners are responsible for the use that any third party might make of the information contained in these documents.