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Parliamentary questions
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2 June 2015
E-008966-15
Question for written answer E-008966-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jan Huitema (ALDE)

 Subject:  Water Framework Directive
 Answer in writing 

On 9 March 2015 the European Environmental Agency (EEA) published an interim report (COM(2015)0120) on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EG). According to Article 4 (1)(a) of that directive, water bodies should have ‘good status’ in 2015. In order to achieve ‘good status’, water bodies should comply with the provisions laid down in Annex V. If any of the monitored criteria do not meet the standards, the water body will fail to achieve ‘good status’. This is known as the ‘one out all out’ approach. As reported by the EEA, 90% of Dutch water bodies do not have a good ecological status.

1. Does the Commission agree that the ‘one out all out’ approach gives a biased picture and does not acknowledge the measures which have already been implemented by the Netherlands?

2. Is the Commission willing to revise the monitoring and assessment procedure in the WFD in order to ensure a more efficient and successful implementation of the WFD, and achieve full compliance, towards 2027?

3. Can the Commission explain how measures taken in keeping with the Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEG), and with national programmes to reduce the deposition of nitrogen in Natura 2000 areas, are taken into account within the WFD?

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