23 June 2020 , in a landmark day for Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands, the European Commission has announced that the EU’s strong water legislation — the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) — will not be changed. In a statement to POLITICO, the EU’s Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, confirmed the need to focus on supporting implementation and enforcement “without changing the directive”.
The message from the Commission is clear: the WFD is an essential piece of EU environmental legislation and is here to stay in its current form.
For EWA Members:
Maj Britt Rosenmeyer Olsen, Associate Director, European Water Association (EWA)
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