2000

Water Framework Directive entered into force

Article 22
Article 25

3 years for Member States to prepare

2003

  • Transpose requirements to national legislation
  • Define River Basin Districts and Authorities

Article 23

Article 3

2004

Characterise river basins: pressures, impact and economic analysis

Article 5

6 years to analyse issues and prepare the River Basin Management Plans

2005

Identify significant trends in groundwater pollution

Article 17

2006

  • Establish environmental monitoring programmes
  • Publish and consult on a work programme for the production of the first River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs)
  • Establish environmental quality standards (EQSs) for surface water

Article 8

Article 14

 

Article 16

2007

  • Report monitoring programmes to the EC
  • Publish and consult on summary of significant water management issues (SWMI) for each River Basin District

Article 14

2008

Publish and consult on drafts of the RBMPs

Article 14

2009

  • Publish the first RBMP for each River Basin District
  • Establish programmes of measures
    (
    PoMs) in each River Basin District
    in order to deliver environmental
    objectives
     

Article 13

Article 11

3 years to put programmes of measures in place

2010

  • Report RBMPs, including PoMs to the EC
  • Introduce water pricing policies

 

Article 9

2012

  • Ensure all POMs are fully operational
  • Report progress in implementing the first RBMPs

 

Article 11
Article 15

2013

Review progress of the first RBMP cycle

 

3 years to achieve specified objectives

2015

Main environmental objectives specified in the first RBMPs met?

Article 4

2015

Review and update first RBMPs

Articles 13, 14 and 15

Further 6 years’ planning, consultation and implementation cycles

2021

  • Main environmental objectives specified in the second RBMPs met?
  • Review and update second RBMPs

Article 4
 

Articles 13, 14 and 15

2027

  • Main environmental objectives specified in the third RBMPs met?
  • Review and update third RBMPs

Article 4

Articles 13, 14 and 15

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