Recent Developments in the EU Water Policy

On 6-7 November 2017, around water professionals from around 16 different Euopean countries met at the Representation of the North Rhine-Westphalia in Brussels, Belgium to attend the annual Brussels Conference.

Held in cooperation with the DG Environment of the European Commission, the main objective of the Confernce is to establish a dialogue between the Commission and European water professionals and stakeholders.

The topic of this year's conference is the Recent Development in the EU Water Policy. The Water Framework Directive is considered to be one of the largest and most ambitious environmental legislations until date. One of the major emphasis of the WFD is to prepare and draft the first River Basin Managment Plans; hence the knowledge of the status of water has improved considerably. However, the Commission's assessment shows that this is not enough to ensure the achievement of its objectives in upcoming planning cycles.