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Relevant EU legislation

Directive 2000/60/EC

The Community framework for water protection and management requires Member States to identify and analyze individual river basins. They must then adopt management plans, programs of measures to protect and manage each body of water.


Directive 98/83/EC

This defines the essential quality standards which water intended for human consumption must meet.


Directive 91/271/EEC

This Directive concerns the collection, treatment and discharge of urban and certain industrial waste water. Its aim is to protect the environment from any adverse effects caused by the discharge of such waters.


Directive 2006/44/EC

This Directive is designed to protect fresh water bodies in order to safeguard the fish species living in them.


Directive 2008/105/EC

This directive establishes environmental quality standards so as to limit the quantity of certain chemical substances that pose a significant risk to the environment and to health in surface water in the European Union.