Following extensive consultations on Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans should since 22.12.2009 be available in all River Basin Districts across the EU. Follow this link or click on the map to see the current status of adoption of river basin management plans in the different Member States.
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 intend 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 !
If you still have questions you will below find links to pages providing you with more detailed answers to these and other questions!
The subsequent pages intend to provide you with answers to these and other questions. You will find further information about the following issues:
On 22/23 March 2007, the Commission (DG Environment) organised a conference where more than 400 participated were discussing the first implementation report and the launch of the Water Information System for Europe (WISE). The material related to the European Water Conference is still available.
On 2/3 April 2009, the Commission (DG Environment) organises a confernce focussing on the public participation process. For more information please see : water.europa.eu/participate.
This website is, so far, only available in English. Additional information about European water policy in all Community languages can be found in the following leaflet and brochure:
Brochure "Water is for life:How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources" (November 2010) (English)
Leaflet "Water Framework Directive" (May 2014) (English)
Leaflet 'Water Scarcity & Droughts" (September 2010) (English)
Brochure on "Groundwater protection in Europe" (2008) (20 EU languages)
Leaflet "Water is life - Water Framework Directive" (2002)
Brochure "The Water Framework Directive - Tap
into it !" (2002)
If you have any questions about the EU Water Framework Directive or if you have any ideas about how to improve this site, please send us an email to the "Water Mailbox" of Environment DG.