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Good Practice review

2016

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European Commission

Eighth Report on the Implementation Status and the Programmes for Implementation (as required by Article 17) of Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment

This report combines for the first time data reported by Member States on collection and treatment of urban waste water6 and on implementation programmes7. This gives a clear view on the compliance gaps and the intended action by Member States to fill those gaps, as well as the estimated investment needs and timelines to meet them.

Other languages available at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-urbanwaste/implementation/implementationreports_en.htm

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Contributed by Danube Water Program on 15 April 2016

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Regional analysis

2011

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García Quesada

Water and Sanitation Services in Europe - Do Legal Frameworks provide for “Good Governance”?

The present study examines the national legal frameworks of six European countries to analyse whether, and to what extent, they provide for effective governance in water services provision. It argues that, although governance deficits have been recurrently put forward as a cause contributing to the current world water crisis, insufficient is known of what constitutes good governance practices. To overcome this limit, this research argues that the concept of governance should be best analysed by focusing on its constituent elements, which help to evaluate the functioning of the different governance mechanisms in diverse regulatory settings.

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Contributed by Christoph Leitner on 15 April 2016

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Regional analysis

2013

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European Commission

7th Implementation Report on EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive

This 7th Report on the implementation of the EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive describes the progress made up to the end of 2009/2010. The Report also includes trends in compliance and presents the new approach for "compliance promotion" and its steps towards public information and reporting. In addition to this Report, an Annex with Tables and a more detailed technical "Report" is available from the European Commission's website (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-urbanwaste/implementation/implementationreports_en.htm). 

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Contributed by David Michaud on 15 April 2016

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Regional analysis

13 July 2015

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European Court of Audit

EU‑funding of urban waste water treatment plants in the Danube river basin: further efforts needed in helping Member States to achieve EU waste water policy objectives

This report summarizes teh results of a recent European Court of Auditors audit of EU funding of urban waste water treatment in the Danube Watershed. Waste water and sewage sludge can affect the quality of waters and soils. In response to this, the EU has adopted directives and co-financed the building of collecting systems and waste water treatment plants. The Court checked the implementation of the urban waste water treatment directive in four Member States of the Danube river basin. It also examined a sample of 28 treatment plants, to see how they treated waste water, handled sewage sludge and assured financial sustainability. The Court makes recommendations on reporting, on ways to improve effectiveness, efficiency and the sustainability of treatment plants, on the relevance of concentration limits, on the use of sewage sludge and on monitoring pollutants in sludge.

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Contributed by David Michaud on 10 February 2016

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