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1 Water Directors’ Meeting State of transposition and implementation
London, 28/29 November 2005 Agenda item 1 – State of transposition and implementation – first results -

2 Content WFD Scoreboard Approach for conformity and compliance checking First results for legal transposition, Art. 3 and Art. 5 compliance checking Conclusions and next steps

3 Report partially submitted
“WFD Scoreboard” for Country Notification (Art. 24) Completeness Conformity Intercalibration (Site selection) River Basin Districts (Art. 3 Reporting ) WISE submission RBD Analysis (Art. 5 Reporting) (non) communication (non) conformity (incorrect) implementation Symbols Explanations  Report subm. +WISE Report submitted Report partially submitted Report not submitted WFD Scoreboard Status of information (28 May 2004): The WFD Scoreboard gives a quick overview on the performance of the Member States as regards the legal transposition and the implementation elements of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD) which have deadlines during 2004 and 2005. Disclaimer: The information in the tables, although attempting to be accurate and up to date, may not necessarily reflect the latest formal information that is available to the Commission. Hence, this information does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission. It intended for general information to the public but is not the basis on which the European Commission decides upon the necessity to launch legal proceedings against the Member States for not fulfilling the obligations of the Directive. Thus, it can not be interpreted as an overview table on ongoing or planned infringement cases. Note: “WFD Scoreboard“ does not provide any information whether report is satisfactory and/or in line with the WFD

4 WFD Scoreboard 2004/2005 (EU 25 MS - part 1/3)
AT BE CY CZ DE DK EE EL Notification (Art. 24) * ** Intercalibration (Site selection) River Basin Distr. (Art. 3 Reporting ) WISE submission RBD Analysis (Art. 5 Reporting) Transposition of the WFD in the 15 former Member States Status of information (28 May 2004): Out of the 15 former Member States, 5 (AT, DK, EL, ES, IE) have notified the legal instruments to transpose the Water Framework Directive in time 2004. In addition, Germany and Belgium have partially transposed the Directive. Germany has adopted a national framework legislation but adoption of specific legislation in the 16 Federal States („Länder“) needs to be completed. Only few „Länder“ have finalised that process yet. In Belgium, only the Flemish Region has transposed the WFD, Wallonie and Brussels Region are still working on the transposition. From January to May, UK (with the exception for Gibraltar), France and Sweden have notified their legal transposition. *: transposition for Brussels Region missing **: first non-compliance case

5 WFD Scoreboard 2004/2005 (EU 25 MS - part 2/3)
ES FI FR HU IE IT LU LT Notification (Art. 24) * Intercalibration (Site selection) River Basin Distr. (Art. 3 Reporting) WISE submission RBD Analysis (Art. 5 Reporting) Transposition of the WFD in the 10 new Member States Status of information (28 May 2004): Out of the 10 new Member States, 8 have transposed and notified the Water Framework Directive by the accession date. MT and SK both confirmed that the transposition is completed, however formal notification to the Commission was still pending. This is expected to happen shortly. *: transposition for Aland Region missing

6 WFD Scoreboard 2004/2005 (EU 25 MS - part 3/3)
LV MT NL PL PT SE SK SI UK Notification (Art. 24) Intercalibration (Site selection) River Basin Distr. (Art. 3 Reporting ) WISE submission RBD Analysis (Art. 5 Reporting) Infringements started by the Commission Status of information (28 May 2004): The Commission has sent a letter of formal notice as regards „non-communication“ to 10 Member States on 27 January Only FR and UK have responded and sent the legal instruments for transposition since then, however the UK laws did not cover Gibraltar. Reasoned Opinions are being prepared against 9 of the former 15 Member States for June 2004 for the following reasons: transposition missing completely: FI, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE transposition incomplete: BE (Wallonie, Bruxelles), DE (Länder), UK (Gibraltar) As regards the 10 new Member States, no legal procedures will be necessary as regards “non-communication”.

7 Other countries EEA countries have not accepted WFD inclusion in EEA Agreement yet (open issues with Iceland) Norway submitted Art 3 and is working on Art 5 reports Bulgaria and Romania submitted Article 3 and 5 reports

8 Article 5 reports Submission status – 25 November 2005
All articles 3+ 5 reports are available at http: //

9 Legal Transposition

10 Conformity of legal transpositon
External assessments started in March 2005 for EU10 and in Oct 2005 for EU15 DG ENV developed questionnaire developed to assist in the assessment First draft results for 6 of EU10 available – results of assessments by end of 2005 Results for EU15 expected spring 2006

11 Compliance Checking - Article 3 reports -

12 Compliance checking Art. 3 (2004 report)
Assessment based on questionnaire/template 3 main questions: - Is it complete? - Is it clear / understandable? - Is it compliant regarding key issues? Key issues: - River Basin District identification (hydrological boundaries, assignment of groundwater and coastal waters) - Competent Authorities (legal base, clarity of assignment of tasks, coordination mechanism within RBD and MS, relation to other relevant authorities) - International cooperation (legal base, arrangements for coordination) 22 MS draft Reports available – summary report under preparation

13 Draft map of RBDs – to be updated shortly Currently 23 MS: 134 RBDs
Norway: 14 RBDs RO, BG, HR: 9 RBDs No double counting: 96 RBDs (for 23 MS) 69 national 27 international

14 Distribution of number of RBDs
14 MS have 5 or less RBDs 5 MS have 10 or more RBDs UK: 17 RBDs (7 CAs) Distribution of number of CAs 10 MS have only 1 CA 5 MS have more than 10 CAs DK: 17 CAs (13 RBDs)

15 Distribution of surface areas of RBDs
29 14 Danube Rhine

16 Compliance checking - Preliminary results
None of the 22 reports is fully clear and satisfactory Questions for clarification in all reports, however relevance and significance of open points varies Only 7 reports are currently assessed as non-compliant, further in-depth assessment needed Final assessment reports expected in January 2006

17 Compliance checking - Preliminary results (2)
Non-compliance issues: International cooperation with EU countries or non EU MS not always considered or discussed some CA set-up is complex with inappropriate coordination and unclear attribution of responsibilities Questions for clarification: Assignment of groundwater to RBD unclear RBD boundaries (ie. administrative basis rather than river basins) was not an issue, but sometimes still unclear Digital data set: Cross border intrusion/overlap No harmonisation across national borders Incomplete coverage Solution: update of datasets on WISE

18 Compliance Checking - Article 5 reports -

19 Compliance Questionnaire Art. 5 reports
Compliance questionnaire based on Art. 5 reporting sheets Comparative screening assessment, will be complemented by selected in-depth assessment in a second step Three main questions: - Is it complete? (data supplied) - Is it clear / understandable? (completeness and clarity of information) - Is it compliant regarding key issues? (conformity checking) Two parts of conformity: 1. methodology 2. data or results

20 Article 5 reports - first information
Draft compliance assessment for 13 MS available Assessment scale: - (national part of) River Basin District (134 reports) - in addition, assessment on national level or regional level, where necessary (e.g. BE, DE) For these 13 MS, some statistics are: Over surface water bodies (SWB) 77% of SWB are rivers Over groundwater bodies

21 Article 5 compliance checking - First impressions
High diversity and different level of detail –> 60 pages vs. 24 CD ROMs Several very good examples (int. river basins) Many reports are incomplete and not comprehensive (e.g. chemical status, agricultural pressures) Methodologies very divers across Europe and rarely harmonised between national RBD and within int. RBD Difficult to extract comparable data for analysis or compliance checking – need for WISE submissions Considerable challenge to ensure that Art 5 analysis is complete and comparable when updated in RBMP

22 Follow up

23 Conclusions 88% of reporting obligations fulfilled Lack of transposition: Application to the Court Lack of reporting: Infringement procedure started Assessment of compliance started Art 3 compliance checking – draft assessments for 22 out 25 MS – summary report under preparation Art 5 compliance checking – draft assessments for half of the 25 MS – summary report for mid-2006 - several technical reports finalised (e.g. agriculture, hydromorphology, eutrophication) – only statistics not for compliance checking

24 Next steps Completion of assessment reports (Art 3 - Jan 2006 and Art 5 for mid-2006) Identify feedback mechanism to MS, in particular to clarify questions Demand for information on comparability of WFD implementation is increasing (eg. EP, MS, public) WISE should be used to improve and update incomplete/unclear reports WISE Workshop – 15/16 Dec 2005 – will allow access for experts to all data Official Commission report in March 2007

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