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Environment Council Conclusions on water

18 October 2016

The Council of the EU adopted its Conclusions on ‘sustainable water management’ yesterday.  

Water is one of the priorities of the Slovak Presidency and the Ministers of environment, gathered in Luxembourg, wanted to reiterate their support to the EU water policy. 

In light of the process that will pave the way to the review of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in 2019, Ministers gave a clear signal to the European Commission that the protection of water resources should certainly continue beyond 2027. 

Ministers emphasised that ‘EU water policy objectives, including the sustainable use and management of water, should be better integrated into other relevant policies such as food, agriculture, fisheries, energy, transport, industry, spatial planning, urban development and tourism at all levels, as well as into relevant EU financial mechanisms’. 

The Council noted also with interest ‘the intention of the Commission to present in 2017 a proposal on minimum quality requirements for reused water’.

If you wish to watch the debate that preceded the adoption of the Conclusions, you can click here.


Water matters. EU matters. 

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