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1 Recent and on-going EU policy developments and implementation issues in the field of water management Nicola Notaro (Ph.D) Deputy Head Water Unit C1 DG Environment

2 The Blueprint package Blueprint Communication COM(2012)673+ Impact Assessment SWD(2012) 381 & 382 Report on River Basin Management Plans COM(2012)670 Commission Staff Working Document, European Overview on River Basin Management Plans, Volumes 1 and 2 SWD(2012) 379 Commission Staff Working Document, River Basin Management Plans, Volumes 3 to 30 (All Member States + Norway) SWD(2012) 379 Communication on the Review of the European Water Scarcity and Drought Policy COM(2012)672 + accompanying Commission Staff Working Document SWD(2012)380 Fitness Check SWD (2012)393

3 Status of adoption of WFD plans GREEN - River Basin Management Plans adopted! RED – consultations not started, ongoing or finalised but not ALL plans adopted or reported to EC

4 4 Assessment River Basin Management Plans: Some general findings A lot of effort put into preparation of the plans and impressive knowledge improvement High uptake of the common framework and common language on water management provided by the WFD Integration of ecological perspective into water management Enhancement of international cooperation Public participation, stakeholder involvement 4 Member States yet to submit all plans Low ambition in many of the plans. Uncompleted setting of measures Lack of comparability in some areas (e.g. chemical status!) Little understanding of aligning water management practices and environment protection (e.g. definition of exemptions) Insufficient consideration of water pricing and definition of costs

5 Status of surface waters

6 A lot has been achieved, but challenges remain Significant pressures (rivers) Significant impacts (rivers) Source: EEA

7 Water bodies in good status in 2009 and 2015: What progress expected? Nb of MSNb of water bodies % Water bodies in good status or potential 2009 % Water bodies in good status or potential 2015 Progress in % Ecological status of surface waters Chemical status of surface waters Information unclear to establish the 2009 baseline Quantitative status of groundwater (5197)89 (85)96 (92)7 (7) Chemical status of groundwater (5197)83 (68)89 (77)6 (9)

8 Blueprint impact assessment 12 priority problems 1.Lack of water pricing 2.Lack of metering 3.Lack of labeling of traded goods 4.Land use/Agricultural impacts 5.Inefficiency in buildings/appliances 6.Inefficient water infrastructure (leakage) 7.Lack of water re-use 8.Governance 9.Target setting 10.Drought management 11.Understanding costs and benefits 12.Knowledge base

9 Blueprint objectivesVoluntaryRegulationConditionalityFunding Efficient incentive water pricing CIS Guidance on trading schemes by 2014 Enforcement of Art. 9 WFD (ongoing) Ex-ante conditions under RD&C policy funds 2014 Metering take upEnforcement of Art. 9 WFD (ongoing) Water use reduction in agriculture Precondition for some irrigation projects under RD as of 2014 Reduction of illegal abstraction/impoundme nts Apply GMES as of 2013 Possible EU initiative on inspections Cross-compliance under CAP Awareness of water consumption Support voluntary labeling & certific. schemes Maximisation of the use of NWRM (Green Infr.) CIS Guidance by 2014 Greening of CAP pillar I as of 2014 S&C Funds & EIB loans Efficient water appliances in buildings EU Ecolabel & GPP criteria 2013 Eco-design Working Plan in 2012 Reduction of leakagesBest practice/tools on SELL in 2013 S&C Funds & EIB loans Maximisation of water reuse Possible Regulation in 2015 S&C Funds & EIB loans Improvement of governance Peer review of RBMPs (2013 – 2016)

10 Blueprint objectivesVoluntaryRegulationConditionalityFunding Implementation of water accounts, e-flows & target setting CIS Guidance on WAs / E- flows & Target setting by 2014 Reduction of flood riskThrough Green Infr. European Flood Awareness System Flood Risk Management Plans by 2015 Reduction of drought risk Through Green Infr. European Flood EDO in Enforcement of WFD requirements (ongoing) Better calculation of costs and benefits CIS Guidance by 2014 Better knowledge baseUpgrading WISE by 2015 Support to developing countries Tackling pollutionReport on pharmaceuticals & the environment 2013 Targeted enforcement of WFD, EQS/PSD, NID, UWWTD, IED … Cross-cuttingEIPs on Water and Agri as of 2013 Overall enforcement of WFD, EQS/PSD, NID, UWWTD, IED Possible European Semester Recomm CAP, S&C Funds & EIB loans

11 Follow up Ensuring correct implementation of WFD in first and second RBMP period (Follow up RBMP assessment) Council Conclusions Follow up bilaterally (COM+MS, 11 meetings to date) Possible enforcement action Common Implementation Strategy (CIS work program incorporated Blueprint policy options) Possible new legislative initiatives Assessment of PoM and integration of EU Water Directives 2019 review WFD

12 The Groundwater Directive

13 13 Risks of pollution from diffuse/point sources (urban, agriculture, industrial) EU-wide Quality standards: Nitrates & pesticides (more stringent TVs are required if associated surface waters or directly dependent terrestrial ecosystems need them) TV establishment at most appropriate level (local, regional, national), with account of impacts on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, human toxicology and ecotoxicology knowledge Drinking water abstraction Run-off Good chemical status criteria (Article 3 & Annexes I and II) Threshold values for “risk” substances set by MS (end 2008) – Indicative list of pollutants provided – Transboundary coordination required – Possible amendment at RBMP review =WFD environmental objective (besides quantitative status covered by WFD)

14 Review of GWD Annexes I and II in 2013 and if appropriate, legislative proposals taking account of monitoring data and research outputs GWD implementation group with MS and stakeholders: https://circabc.europa.eu/w/browse/b1a3fb a-8b6d-0c056b6890e4 https://circabc.europa.eu/w/browse/b1a3fb a-8b6d-0c056b6890e4 9 October Conference in Brussels 14

15 The Environmental Quality Standards Directive

16 An updated list of priority substances 12 new priority substances (very persistent and bio-accumulative, highly toxic, or suspected of being endocrine disruptors) To be monitored regularly in all Member States No later than 2021, action to reduce or eliminate emissions and bring concentrations down to safe levels by 2027

17 A watch list A new monitoring mechanism – the 'Watch List' - to improve the evidence base for identifying priority substances in the future Three pharmaceutical substances included on the first watch list Provisions to improve the information presented to the public on the chemical status of water A strategic approach to pharmaceuticals

18 The Floods Directive

19 Three stage approach Preliminary flood risk assessment (maps, experience from past floods, predictions of future floods, identification areas of potential significant flood risk) Flood mapping (= knowing areas at risk of flooding, different scenarios, flood hazard maps & flood risk maps), Flood Risk Management Plans (= plans to reduce flood risks, covering all elements of the flood risk management cycle) (Transposition) (CA/Unit of management) * **2021 Review /update every 6 years thereafter Reporting to the Commission : 3 months after * = date of 1st review of pressure and impact analysis under the WFD ** = date of 1st review of WFD river basin management plans

20 Urban Waste Water Treatment

21 Collection rates:15 MS collecting 100 % of total polluting load. All MS maintained or improved previous results, compliance rates below 30 % in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia Secondary treatment 82 %, up 4 points. In EU-15, range %, EU-12, average 39 % Compliance rates for more stringent treatment 77 % overall but EU-12 only 14 %, whereas Austria, Germany, Greece, and Finland reached 100 % EU territory designated as a sensitive area increased by 2 points to 75 % UWWTD as a pilot for the Structured Information and Implementation Framework (SIIF)

22 Drinking Water Directive

23 Review of Annexes II and III (monitoring and analysis) Article 11.2 requires an update to respond to technical and scientific progress Improving efficiency, effectiveness, comparability Minimum requirements for monitoring to improve public access to information Coherence with water legislation Discussion at DW Commiteee in November

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