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Vodna politika u europskoj uniji
Water Policy In The European Union

Author(s): Nevenko Herceg, Svjetlana Stanić-Koštroman, Anita Dedić, Davor Čordaš
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Environmental and Energy policy, EU-Legislation
Published by: Matica hrvatska Mostar
Keywords: water protection and management; Water Framework Directive; sustainable development; water policy;

Summary/Abstract: Water is indispensable for life and a resource necessary four our society and economy. Economic activity and urbanization cause a large increase in water demand, so sustainable water management is essential for the further development of our civilization. The management of this vital resource requires an integrated approach, taking into account the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. Therefore, the European Water Policy has undergone a thorough restructuring process and in 2000 has adopted the Water Framework Directive – WFD (2000/60/EC) which introduced a holistic approach for the management and protection of surface waters and groundwaters. The WFD establishes a framework for the protection of inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwaters, in order to prevent and reduce pollution, promote sustainable water use, protect the aquatic environment, improve the status of aquatic ecosystems and mitigate the effects of floods and droughts. The WFD is supplemented by other EU environmental legislation, such as Directive which establish: the protection of groundwaters (2006/118/EC), the quality of water intended for human consumption (98/83/EC), the management of bathing water quality (2006/7/EC), urban waste water treatment (91/271/EEC), environmental quality standards (2008/105/EC), the protection of waters from nitrates from agricultural sources (91/676/EEC) with the Regulation on phosphates (2004/648/EC), the assessment of the risks of floods (2007/60/EC), the marine strategy (2008/56/EC), maritime safety and marine pollution (2005/35/EC) and others.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 97-113
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Croatian