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The EU Water Framework Directive - integrated river basin management for Europe

On 23 October 2000, the "Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the Community action in the field of water policy" or, in short, the EU Water Framework Directive (or even shorter the WFD) was finally adopted.

The Directive was published in the Official Journal (OJ L 327) on 22 December 2000 and entered into force the same day. Some amendments have been introduced into the Directive since 2000, and you can download the consolidated version in all EU languages here.

However, even after reading the Directive, you may have still questions, such as: What is this Directive about? What do I need to know about the Directive? What is currently happening in relation to the Directive?

Twelve "Water notes" which aim to give an introduction and overview of key aspects of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive are available to download in all EU languages !

General information

Specific legislation


  • Common Implementation Strategy
    The Common Implementation Strategy for the EU Water Framework Directive - a unique process
  • Implementation Reports
    The Commission has to assess the progress in the implementation of the WFD in certain intervals and to inform the European Parliament, the Council and the public about the results of its assessments (see Article 18 WFD).