The Water Framework Directive sets out clear deadlines for each of the requirements which add up to an ambitious overall timetable. The key milestones are listed below.
|2000||Directive entered into force||Art. 25|
in national legislation
Identification of River Basin Districts and Authorities
|2004||Characterisation of river basin: pressures, impacts and economic analysis||Art. 5|
of monitoring network
Start public consultation (at the latest)
|2008||Present draft river basin management plan||Art. 13|
|2009||Finalise river basin management plan including programme of measures||Art. 13 & 11|
|2010||Introduce pricing policies||Art. 9|
|2012||Make operational programmes of measures||Art. 11|
First management cycle ends
Second river basin management plan & first flood risk management plan.
|2021||Second management cycle ends||Art. 4 & 13|
|2027||Third management cycle ends, final deadline for meeting objectives||Art. 4 & 13|
See also the timetable for implementation of the Floods Directive !