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On 1 February 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a recast of the Directive on the quality of water intended for human consumption (the Drinking Water Directive). The proposal responded to the European Citizens' Initiative, Right2Water, and built on a fitness check which concluded that the 20-year old directive is fit for purpose, but needs updating. The main elements of the proposal consist of updating the water quality standards, introducing a risk-based approach to the monitoring ...


Auf einen Blick 10-12-2020

Während der Dezember-Plenartagung wird das Parlament eine gemeinsame Aussprache über die wasserrechtlichen Vorschriften abhalten und anschließend über die endgültige Verabschiedung der Verordnung zur Neufassung der Trinkwasserrichtlinie sowie über eine Entschließung zur Umsetzung der Wassergesetzgebung der EU abstimmen. Die Überarbeitung der Trinkwasserrichtlinie geht auf die erste erfolgreiche europäische Bürgerinitiative „Right2Water“ zurück.

The aim of this briefing is to provide summarized information for the delegation of the Committee on Petitions which is to visit the above-mentioned Valledora area in the Piedmont Region of Italy from 17 to 18 December 2018.

The highlights of the October II plenary session were the debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October 2018 and the presentation of the European Commission’s 2019 work programme, the last of the current legislature. Parliament also held debates on the use of Facebook users' data by Cambridge Analytica and its impact on data protection, and the Cum-Ex trading scandal. The series of debates on the Future of Europe continued, this time with Klaus Iohannis, President ...

Überarbeitung der Trinkwasserrichtlinie

Auf einen Blick 17-10-2018

Im Februar 2018 hat die Kommission einen Vorschlag für eine Neufassung der Trinkwasserrichtlinie angenommen. Der Vorschlag beinhaltet eine Aktualisierung der Wasserqualitätsnormen und zielt darauf ab, den Zugang zu Trinkwasser für alle zu verbessern. Bei der Oktober-II-Plenartagung soll das Parlament über den Bericht des Ausschusses für Umweltfragen, öffentliche Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (ENVI) und über die Aufnahme interinstitutioneller (Trilog)Verhandlungen abstimmen.

The SDGs framework has the potential to provide a useful overarching framework to further the debate on Europe's political priorities, with a view to pursuing social, economic and environmental sustainability both within the Union and globally. However, this requires increasing the political buy-in across sectors. There is a need to translate the SDGs into concrete sectoral political priorities, targets and actions for the EU, and to agree on a legitimate framework for delivering these priorities ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 1 February 2018 and referred to the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Water protection and management

Kurzdarstellungen zur EU 01-11-2017

Water is essential for human, animal and plant life and is an indispensable resource for the economy. Its protection and management transcend national boundaries. EU water legislation was transformed with the adoption in 2000 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), which introduced a holistic approach for the management and protection of surface waters and groundwater based on river basins. The WFD is supplemented by international agreements and legislation relating to water quantity, quality and ...

Drinking Water Directive

Briefing 24-07-2017

The Drinking Water Directive (DWD) sets quality standards for drinking water and requires that Member States ensure monitoring and compliance with these standards. By and large, it has been successful, best exemplified by the high, and increasing, levels of compliance across the European Union (EU) with the microbiological, chemical and indicator parameters and values set in the DWD. Notwithstanding this overall success, evidence collected over the past years, most notably through evaluation as well ...

The human right to water has been firmly established and its implications for policy-making have been discussed in many fields. Thus far, this has hardly been the case for conflicts over water. This study discusses what it means to integrate human rights in the context of governing water and addressing conflicts over water. A human rights perspective on conflicts over water will help formulating equitable water governance strategies. To support such developments, the EU should integrate human rights ...