Implementation of the EU water legislation

02-12-2020 - 10:01
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On 30 November and 1 December ENVI Members voted on a response to the Commission’s Fitness Check of the EU Water legislation.

The issues considered include the need to improve and speed up the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) as well as the fact that the objectives of the WFD are not yet reached due to inadequate funding, slow implementation, insufficient enforcement and broad use of exemptions. The need for additional action in a range of areas, such as adaptation to climate change, alignment of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the WFD, chemicals and pollutants of emerging concern, reporting methodologies, water pricing policies, hydropower and urban waste water treatment, is also highlighted.