#ProtectWater

Europe votes for good water!

For half a year the citizens of Europe had the chance to fill out a public consultation of the European Commission in order to vote on the retention of the European Water Framework Directive (EWFD). 375,386 people followed the call of numerous nature and environmental protection associations. This makes the consultation one of the most successful initiatives in regard to participation rate in the history of the European Union.

This apparently didn’t leave the European Commission untouched. On 12 December 2019 Brussels sent a clear signal: the European Water Framework Directive will not be contested! For all the relief about this good news at the end of the year, with a view to the future we need to make every effort to achieve the objectives of the EWFD by 2027. There is still a long way to go – 60 percent of surface waters in the EU are not in a good state; in Germany it’s even 93 percent.

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