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The EU Floods Directive

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Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks

Published in the Official Journal on 6 November 2007, page 27.

Negotiation and adoption

18/9/2007 : The Council adopts the Floods Directive :

Justice and Home Affairs Council Press release (see pa 32, provisional)

Council voting list, including full document references with corrigendums.

Text of the Directive as adopted by the Council (please note that the text will only be legally binding once published in the Official Journal)


Other language versions are available in the Council's document search engine [Search tip : look for document with the interinstiutional reference 2006/0005(COD), and note the corrigendums in the NL, DK, IT and SK versions.]

Full information on the negotiations can also be accessed from Pre-lex.

Second reading - negotiations on the proposed Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks

25/5/2007 : The European Commission adopts its opinion on the European Parliaments report in recond reading (COM(2007)294 of 25.5.2007).

25/04/2007 : The European Parliament adopts a compromise package agreed with the Council on the Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks. Final adoption by the Council is expected later in 2007.

First reading - negotiations on the proposed Directive on the assessment and management of floods

6/12/2006 : The Commission's Communication COM(2006)775 to the European Parliament on the Council's Common Position on the Directive on the assessment and management of floods is adopted.

23/11/2006 : The Council adopts the Common Position on the "Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks"


Search tips :

  • First use the inter- institutional file reference for the dossier : 2006/0005(COD) to access all documents of the Council in relation to this file, then;
  • document reference for the text of Directive the Common position : 12131/06
  • document reference for the Council's reasons : 12131/06 ADD 1
  • document reference for the Commission's statement on the Common position : 14566/06 ADD1

27/6/2006 : The Environment Council adopts a Political agreement on a Common position on the floods Directive

13/6/2006 : European Parliament adopts a report in the first reading on the Floods Directive

  • Report A6-0182/2006, by MEP Seeber (EPP/AT)
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  • Informal consolidated version of EP report
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17/5/2006 : European Economic and Social Committee adopts an opinion on the Floods Directive

  • Opinion n° 737/2006
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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment and management of floods

Key related background documents:


Communication on Flood risk management; Flood prevention, protection and mitigation


Information exchange on flood risk management

The information exchange carried out in the context of the Floods Action Programme and the Working Group on Floods has led to the development of the following documents. (Please note that these informal documents are endorsed by the Water Directors, but do not necessarily express the view of the European Commission or does not necessarily correspond to the full requirements of Directive 2007/60/EC.)


CIRCABC 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:

New CIRCABC web platform

WFD CIRCABC public library

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

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.