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Water Framework Directive

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy

Scope

The purpose of this Directive is to establish a framework for the protection of inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater. (Art. 1) Definitions: 'hazardous substances' means substances or groups of substances that are toxic, persistent and liable to bio-accumulate, and other substances or groups of substances which give rise to an equivalent level of concern. (Art. 2 (29)) 'priority substances' means substances identified in accordance with Article 16(2) and listed in Annex X. Among these substances there are 'priority hazardous substances' which means substances identified in accordance with Article 16(3) and (6) for which measures have to be taken in accordance with Articles 1§(1) and (8). (Art.2 (3))

Exemptions

Not specified

Regulatory activities

This Directive regulates obligations of Member States and the Commission. No provisions on industry obligations.

Relevant product types

No reference data

Reference documents

Annex IX- Emission limit values and environmental quality standards > list of directives to be referred to with regard to 'limit values' and 'quality objectives'. The Mercury Discharges Directive 82/176 /EEC The Cadmium Discharges Directive 83/513/EEC The Mercury Directive 84/516/EEC The Hexachlorocyclohexane Discharges Directive 84/491/EEC The Dangerous Substance Discharges Directive 86/280/EEC

Obligations based on CLP hazard class

No specific provisions

Obligations based on properties of concerns

No specific provisions

EU-level occupational exposure limits

Not applicable

EU-level emission limit values

No provision

Substance-centric data source(s) at the EU level

Water Information System for Europe The Water Information System for Europe (WISE) is a partnership between the European Commission (DG Environment, Joint Research Centre and Eurostat) and The European Environment Agency, known as ''the Group of Four'' (Go4). WISE addresses several user groups: EU institutions as well as Member States national, regional and local administrations working in water policy development or implementation Professionals working in the water field from public or private organisations, with a technical interest on water Scientists working in the water field General public, including in this group those working in private or public entities not directly related to water policy but with an indirect interest in water (regular or sporadic)

Industry submission system in place

Not applicable

Format for industry submission

Not applicable

Owner

The European Commission (DG Environment, Joint Research Centre and Eurostat) and The European Environment Agency, known as ''the Group of Four'' (Go4)

Update process

EEA

Amendments

Decision No 2455/2001/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2001 establishing the list of priority substances in the field of water policy and amending Directive 2000/60/EC Directive 2008/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 amending Directive 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, as regards the implementing powers conferred on the Commission Directive 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/EEC and amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending Council Directive 85/337/EEC, European Parliament and Council Directives 2000/60/EC, 2001/80/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2006/12/EC, 2008/1/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 Directive 2013/39/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 August 2013 amending Directives 2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy Council Directive 2013/64/EU of 17 December 2013 amending Council Directives 91/271/EEC and 1999/74/EC, and Directives 2000/60/EC, 2006/7/EC, 2006/25/EC and 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, following the amendment of the status of Mayotte with regard to the European Union Commission Directive 2014/101/EU of 30 October 2014 amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy

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